Lacking confidence in your smile can have a significant impact on your daily life. Cosmetic procedures can be used to change aspects of your smile and improve how you feel about yourself.
Whitening treatments are commonly used to make your smile look better. Depending on the current state of your teeth and gums, you may need other procedures before whitening treatments. For example, if there is any discoloration or tarter build-up, these issues will need to be resolved before whitening can begin. The most effective and safest approach to whitening is having in-office whitening treatments. Not only are you able to get the right level of whiteness, but you also reduce the chance of damaging your tooth enamel or gums. Having a professional whitening treatment also means the outcome is more desirable. Often, people don't realize having extremely white teeth does not look natural. Your dentist may also give you customized whitening trays to take home instead of in-office whitening treatments. It is important to ask your dentist what you can use to maintain the look. Your dentist may or may not recommend using whitening oral care products to keep your teeth white.
Teeth straightening is a procedure used to improve the alignment of teeth or change spacing. There are several types of straightening procedures, and the one for you will depend on your specific dental issues. For example, if you have a significant cross-bite, it may be necessary to have traditional metal braces because invisible braces may not be effective for your dental concerns. Depending on your unique situation, straightening may take several years, and you may need to continue to use a retainer to keep the teeth from shifting again. If the look of braces is a major concern, there are various types that may not be as noticeable.
Gum contouring can alter your smile if you feel your smile looks "gummy." When the gumline is too high, it will make your teeth look abnormally long. In contrast, an unusually short gumline makes your teeth look tiny. The goal of gum contouring is to give your smile a more even appearance. In some instances, people who have high gums may not need gum contouring. If their gum recession is attributed to periodontal disease, it will take many months of periodontal rehabilitation before they know whether the look of their gums will correct itself. The approach to gum contouring depends on whether you are reducing or extending your gumline. If your gumline needs to be reduced, the dentist can use instruments to cut away some of the excess gums to make your teeth appear longer. In contrast, when you need to add gum tissue, it is transplanted from other areas of the mouth and stitched into place.
Cosmetic dentistry is an option that can improve your smile, and many procedures often have unintended effects that improve your dental health. For many people, being confident in their smile can make a significant difference in their overall self-confidence. Reach out to a professional for more information about cosmetic dentistry.