A beautiful smile tends to add a long list of benefits to our lives. An appealing smile not only enhances one’s facial appearance, it creates a positive impression as well. When people feel good about the appearance of their smile, they tend to smile more frequently. Their smile can also project an individual who is more outgoing, upbeat and confident.
However, research has shown that the benefits of an attractive smile go much deeper than what can be seen. Apparently, smiling triggers the release of endorphins, the brain’s ‘happy chemicals.’ This same research also revealed that the act of smiling even when you don’t feel like it causes the brain to release endorphins.
Smiling also makes us look younger. In a smile, facial muscles are pulled upward. This gives a bit of a mini-face lift! And, smiling is so much easier when you feel good about the appearance of your smile.
As a dentist, I’ve witnessed the awkwardness of those who have a smile that makes them feel uncomfortable, even embarrassed. Many of these people put their hand over their mouths to conceal a smile with crooked teeth, decay, stained teeth or even having a ‘gummy smile.’
Not smiling as often or as openly as you’d like? Fortunately, today’s dentistry offers a wide variety of options to create a more confident, appealing smile. These include:
Whiteners – While ‘drug store’ whitening products can make improvements in the shade of natural teeth, the degree of whitening is often minor and doesn’t last very long. Then, after adding up the costs for repeated upkeep, what is spent typically outweighs the results. The whitening systems provided by a dentist give a much higher level of whitening that lasts for a long time, for affordable prices. For example, our Opalescence Go, a take-home whitening kit, is only $60 and gives a dental office degree of whitening with excellent longevity.
Porcelain Crowns & Porcelain Veneers – Porcelain provides the most natural luminosity and longevity available in dentistry. Porcelain crowns and veneers can beautifully recreate a smile for the most natural look and feel possible. Plus, porcelain’s durability is also exceptional to any other material used in esthetic dentistry.
Bonding – Chipped, uneven, gapped, discolored or poorly-shaped teeth may benefit from bonding. Bonding is essentially ‘painted on’ and polished to give a natural look in an affordable way that can correct many smile flaws. It can be shade-matched to blend attractively with neighboring teeth and, while not as durable or stain-resistant as porcelain, has excellent longevity for the cost. Typically, the procedure is completed in one visit.
Invisalign – When teeth are crowded or crooked, moving them into proper position does more than improve the appearance of a smile. When teeth are once again properly aligned, it can correct bite misalignment. A proper bite helps you avoid problems such as worn or chipped teeth, headaches, sore jaw joints and ear ringing. We are Certified for Invisalign, which uses clear, removable molds to straighten teeth. This is ideal for people who dread the awkward look of traditional braces and want to avoid the uncomfortable wires and brackets.
Dental Implants – Implants are positioned in the jaw bone, restoring the same foundation as your natural teeth once had. With this foundation, implants are able to restore your ability to bite and chew foods comfortably and enable you to speak and laugh confidently. And, because the teeth attached to the implants are custom-designed for each individual, incorporating a more flattering smile is a normal part of the process.
Cosmetic Dentures – For individuals who wish to replace all upper or lower missing teeth with full dentures, modern techniques and materials enable us to create an attractive look that fills out the mouth for a more youthful appearance.
Smile enhancements can make a dramatic difference in one’s appearance, self-esteem and self-confidence. And, patients are often surprised when they learn that their new smile can be completed while they make affordable monthly payments. Let’s discuss the smile you desire during a no-cost consultation. Call 910-254-4555 to schedule a time that is convenient.