The human brain is a powerful thing, this is something we are all aware of. However, one of the most powerful human tools is a smile. When you smile neuropeptides (tiny molecules that allow neurons to communicate) are activated in the brain. They are the messengers that let the body know when it is happy, sad, excited, or depressed. The effects of smiling releases feel good neurotransmitters, such as endorphins and serotonin. These can change a bad mood into a great one, which can turn a gloomy day into a feel like dancing kind of day.
Having said that, there is always an opposite to everything. People who struggle with being embarrassed about their smile are missing out on the oh-so happy and incredible effects that it has on our wellbeing. There is help for people who hide their smile because of missing or discolored teeth. Cosmetic dentistry is there to help you get rid of that frown and start having days that are filled with ear to ear grins.
Let’s take a look at what cosmetic dentistry has to offer:
Teeth can become discolored for a number of reasons. Genetics play a big part in the color of your teeth, but so does habits, hygiene, and age. If you enjoy your daily pack of cigarettes and nightly glass of red wine, you will see, over time, the effects it has on the enamel of your teeth. Our office can provide you with custom trays that are perfectly molded to your teeth. This allows you to use a whitening solution at home with maximum comfort. It’s convenient and generally takes up to four weeks of use to turn your unsightly yellows into pearly whites.
The appearance of veneers is superior to bonding and typically last longer. Porcelain veneers are made in a laboratory, so a second visit is required. Veneers are made to cover the front sides of the teeth and change their color or shape. We can apply veneers to improve your smile for the following reasons:
- Slightly crooked teeth
- Permanently stained teeth
- Poorly shaped teeth
- Teeth with spaces between them
- Teeth that have become chipped or worn
Permanent crowns can have a long life if you take excellent care of them, but that goes for your natural teeth too. Crowns can be made of resin, metal, porcelain fused to metal, or ceramic materials. You may need a crown to:
- Cover a tooth that has had a root canal procedure
- Protect a tooth that is weak
- Restore a tooth that is broken or worn
- Cover a tooth with an extra-large cavity filling
- Cover discolored or misshapen teeth
- Hold a dental bridge in place
Enamel Contouring and Shaping
This technique is often used to alter the shape, length, or position of a tooth. Normal healthy teeth that may need a slight change are the perfect candidate for this procedure. You may need reshaping or contouring if:
- Your teeth are slightly crooked or overlapping
- You have minor problems with your bite
- You have irregularly shaped or chipped teeth
The world of dental braces has come a long way. Many people require the help of brackets and wire to guide their teeth into their correct position. You may choose the old school braces made of metal or opt for the clear version, Invisalign, which is a clear tray that corrects crooked teeth.
If you feel like cosmetic dentistry can be the saving grace of your smile, contact our office. Any questions or concerns will be met by our friendly and knowledgeable staff. Start the process of making your life one that is filled with smiles that bring you, and others around you, joy.