With the passing of Halloween, fall is coming to an end, and right around the corner are the holidays. For many, holidays are a time for food, drink, and family, which can be both good and bad. The older you get, the more things like bragging about real estate investments or stock market options becomes as traditional as gathering around the dinner table, sharing in pumpkin pie. If this year you’re looking for something to finally show up your brother Jimmy, then look no further than your smile.
It’s a fact of life that the older we get, the more our looks fade, and even though addressing a wandering waistline might not be easily achieved, fixing your smile can be. If you’ve ever been embarrassed by a smile that is just a shade too yellow, a missing tooth that was pulled years ago, or visible gaps in your smile, then cosmetic dentistry might just be the answer you were looking for.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
If you’ve never heard the term cosmetic dentistry, chances are your dental encounters have been exclusively cleanings, check-ups, or reconstructive procedures like fillings. Cosmetic dentistry, while often improving the functionality of your teeth, focuses on changing the overall appearance of your smile. While professional whitening/teeth-whitening'}}}} is the cosmetic dental procedure most are aware of, there are numerous procedures that fall under this category which can help with discoloration, chipped or worn teeth, crooked teeth, and even missing teeth.
Are You In Need of a Holiday Makeover?
If you’ve felt embarrassed by your smile, a makeover just before the holidays could be the perfect way to regain some confidence. Often some of the most common New Year’s resolutions are to be surer of one’s self. So why not start now? We guarantee the lines will be longer in January.
Discolored teeth is often the first place many wish to start, and are there are several procedures available. Yellow or stained teeth is caused by two different types of stains known as intrinsic and extrinsic. Extrinsic are the most common, and are essentially staining agents that have become trapped in the natural ridges of your enamel. These stains can be treated by professional whitening, which uses various chemicals to dissolve these staining agents, but if the discoloration stems from intrinsic stains--stains inside the teeth--porcelain veneers are a better option.
If missing teeth have been on your mind, a procedure like dental implants work best. Dental implants are two essential components, the titanium implant, and the crown. After the titanium implant has been inserted into the jaw, your muscle tissue and bone will begin bonding with the titanium in a process known as osseointegration. This will create an incredibly strong connection that mimics that of a natural tooth root, and requires no special cleaning beyond your regular oral hygiene.
If you’re finally ready to take the next step in being able to show off your fancy new smile during the holidays, then scheduling a consultation with a cosmetic dentist would be a great first step. During that appointment, you and your dentist can work through your specific smile pain-points, and come up with an action plan to give you the smile of your dreams.