Your smile is important. When we smile, we show that we are happy, at ease, contended. There are even studies that show that smiling helps you become happy, even if you weren’t happy when you started smiling. People notice your grin, and an easy smile is a great way of making a good first impression. There are times when you might not be happy with your smile; maybe you have a chipped tooth, or misaligned teeth, and smiling makes you feel self-conscious. This can be problematic to your long-term well-being, because you might miss out on the advantages of smiling that we’ve just seen. This is when cosmetic dentistry can help.
Dentistry and appearance go hand-in-hand; in some sense, almost all dentistry is cosmetic, insofar as it improves how you come across. You may think of braces as an inherently cosmetic dental procedure, but proper alignment is a medical concern first and foremost, and braces can prevent long-term problems. Getting your teeth cleaned can definitely improve your smile, but taking care of tartar stops gum disease, which is arguably more important. Tackling the sore tooth that was causing your halitosis might make you more comfortable in job interviews, but more importantly it means you won’t develop more severe infection. Going to see your dentist on a regular basis to take care of your health has the wonderful added side effect of improving your look and your confidence.
Cosmetic dentistry, then, is dentistry which has the primary goal of changing how you look, rather than improving your health. There are several different forms of cosmetic dentistry; one of the most commonly known is bleaching or whitening, which is used to reduce the appearance of stains or discoloration. This can be a practical option for people who have had their teeth discolored by drinking coffee or tea, smoking, and other teeth-staining activities.
Bonding is a cosmetic dental technique that uses a tooth-colored material known as composite resin which can be used to fix minor defects, such as chips, in teeth, to fill in the space between teeth, or to change tooth colour. Bonding is very practical; the technique can be used on several teeth in one visit, and the color of the composite resin will be made to match your teeth. Bonding is weaker than tooth enamel, and may chip or fracture more easily.
Veneer can be used to improve the appearance of teeth. Veneers are shells, made of porcelain or the aforementioned composite resin which are affixed to the front of your teeth. Veneers can be used to hide discoloration and deformity in the tooth; porcelain veneers are a bit pricier, and take longer to apply, but they are sturdier than composite resin.
Everyone’s smile is different; that means that what looks good for everyone is going to look a bit different. Don’t be fooled into thinking pearly white teeth are appropriate for everyone! How your teeth should looks depends on the colours in your face, the shape of your mouth, and other factors; a natural look is often best. The dentists at over 30 years experienced dental clinic Markham Dental knows how to help your teeth match your face, to help you smile on the outside as bright as on the inside.