Your smile is a fundamental component to making a good first impression, but what happens when you’re not happy with your smile? Studies continually show the link between physical appearance and self-esteem. In particular, how you feel about your smile affects your confidence levels, interpersonal relationships, and personal and professional confidence. Here are three ways that cosmetic dentistry can improve your smile.
One of the most frequent complaints about teeth is yellowing and staining. While stains can be embarrassing, they are extremely common and are often caused by foods and drinks such as red wine and coffee. While there are many over-the-counter products available for purchase, a cosmetic dentist can provide teeth whitening treatments that remove stubborn stains. Whitening your teeth is a simple – yet effective – way to elevate your smile and boost your self-esteem. Greater Baltimore Prosthodontics offers two types of teeth whitening treatments:
- Zoom Teeth Whitening: This treatment, which incorporates a unique gel and laser (light) takes about an hour to complete, but results can last for years.
- At-home Tray Whitening: Whiten your teeth in the comfort of your home with custom whitening trays, which are modeled after your teeth.
A porcelain veneer is a thin piece of porcelain that a dentist bonds to the front of a patient’s tooth (teeth). Because porcelain veneers are custom-made, they are a good choice for a patient looking to improve their smile by altering tooth color or shape. Also, porcelain veneers are a smart choice because they also improve the appearance of a smile by offering a solution to the following problems:
- Hiding gaps
- Hiding chipped teeth
- Covering stained teeth
Porcelain veneers are the preferred choice over crowns because veneers require less removal the tooth material during the initial procedure and are very comfortable. Veneers are typically completed over two appointments.
Missing teeth, whether through an accident or disease, can cause a person to be self-conscious about his/her smile. Implants, however, can improve your smile by replacing these missing teeth. The dentists at Greater Baltimore Prosthodontics work hard to make sure your smile is one to be proud of, and that includes making sure each patient is screened properly before receiving an implant. During the implant process, a titanium rod is inserted into the jaw bone. When the bone heals, the dentist then attaches a prosthetic tooth to the rod.
Not only do our implants improve your smile, but they also improve your quality of life, are more comfortable and secure than dentures, and support the health of neighboring teeth. Those reasons alone will give you a reason to smile!
Even if you brush your teeth regularly, floss, and use mouthwash, you may still fret about your smile, which can profoundly affect your social and work life. Cosmetic dentistry can ease your worries. Whether you are interested in whitening alone or have several complex needs, Greater Baltimore Prosthodontics is committed to creating a smile you are proud of. Contact us today and begin your path to a new, happier smile!