What do you think is the first thing a person notices when they meet you for the first time? Your eyes, your body, how you talk, how you smell, the clothes you’re wearing? If you thought one of those options was the answer, you’d be wrong. Several studies have shown the first thing that most people see is your smile.
So, if you want to make a good first impression, you’ll want to show off a smile that attracts rather than repels: clean, white, and straight.
Cosmetic Dental Procedures
Let’s go over a few of the many procedures your cosmetic dentist can do for you to improve your smile:
It’s easy for your teeth to lose their original pearly-white color, especially if you have a coffee or cigarette habit. Bleaching is an effective way to correct stains and general discoloration. While there are a lot of teeth-bleaching products you can buy yourself and use at home, you will see the best results if you get a bleaching treatment at your dentist.
Tooth damage can be ugly. Whether it’s the result of years of neglect or a sudden accident, most people want their misshapen or broken teeth to be covered up. A crown does just that: covers it up. Crowns can be a bit pricey, but they will completely restore the appearance of teeth, and they often last a very long time.
If you find crowns too expensive, then veneers are a viable option. Instead of covering the whole tooth like crowns, veneers are thin layers of plastic or porcelain applied to the front surface of the tooth to hide chips and discolorations.
One of the easiest and most affordable options for filling cavities and covering up discolorations is bonding tooth-colored resins to the teeth, which only requires one visit to the dentist and last many years. This is one of the cheapest cosmetic dentistry options, but that low cost comes at a cut in quality: bonded composite resins are more likely to break and chip than their crown or veneer counterparts.
Crowns just cover up misshapen teeth. Contouring actually changes the physical structure of teeth to correct crooks, buff out chips, and just generally make a weird tooth look like a normal tooth. This procedure is usually combined with bonding to produce the best results.
Contouring is recommended for those only wanting subtle changes to their smile, as the worst cases of misshapen teeth are better off being capped with a crown.
If you are in need of cosmetic dental treatment, call Dr. Kwon today at (253) 770-0198.