French author André Maurois once said, “smile, for everyone lacks self-confidence and more than any other one thing, a smile reassures them.” And it’s true that a smile can silently speak volumes. Unfortunately, there are many of us who don’t like our smiles and therefore, choose not to. Fortunately, there is relief out there for those who don’t have the confidence they want — it’s easier to improve your smile today that it has every been!
Teeth begin to change color as we age and is also dependent on diet and hygiene. Red wines, coffees, teas, and tobacco all have the ability to exacerbate this staining over time. Over-the-counter whitening toothpastes and other product kits have improved and become more available in recent years, although these products still tend to be harsher and less effective than the in-office whitening techniques used by dentists, such as the Sapphire Whitening System employed by Premier Smile Center in Fort Lauderdale.
For those with crowding or misaligned teeth, there are a few options available to you. Orthodontists can assist people of all ages with braces, retainers, and the like — you’re never too old for this, and many of the options available to you are less obtrusive than they have been in decades past.
While braces can provide long-term corrections after being worn correctly for several years, more severe issues or problems that require immediate attention could be solved through crowns or veneers. Before you make any decisions, ask your dentist which option will provide the most meaningful relief for your teeth.
Crowns and Caps
Crowns are used by the cosmetic dentist to restore chipped or replace broken teeth. Crowns and caps are placed over the end of the tooth to give the impression of a whole or full tooth. This requires detailed work to fit the crown or cap specifically to the damaged tooth.
Veneers are very versatile and can be used when direct whitening is not possible or effective. They are also used by cosmetic dentists to increase the width, length, thickness, or even the shape of the tooth. Veneer’s are sometimes referred to by some as “fake teeth” but can correct crowding, cover chipped or broken teeth, and close gaps.
Veneers are composed of thin slices of porcelain and constructed to resemble other teeth in the person’s mouth in terms of shape, size, and color. Veneers are bonded to the tooth using a strong chemical adhesive, similar to dental crowns.
Bridges are simple and inconspicuous. Particularly large gaps between teeth, or the loss of one or more teeth can be restored by affixing a bridge to the teeth on either side of the gap. A bridge utilizes porcelain to construct a piece of hardware that can easily be removed and inserted into a person’s mouth. When inserted, a bridge gives the effect of a full smile!
These aren’t the fillings that are associated with cavities. These are for smaller gaps caused by chips, teeth grinding, or other things affecting the edge of the tooth. Fillings are used to enclose these smaller gaps using a composite made of resin and glass particles that are cemented to the existing tooth.
These are just a few of the nearly magical things today’s dentists are capable of. If you’re interested in learning more about cosmetic dentistry, visit the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry website to learn more about the options available to you, and ask your dentist what they recommend. Thanks to the advances in methods and materials used in cosmetic dentistry, it’s no longer the pain and expense that it used to be, and that’s one more reason to smile!