It can be emotionally exhausting trying to hide your smile, always holding a glass in front of your teeth long after you have taken a sip, or laughing behind tightly pursed lips. Your kids might even be tired of seeing your sad, close-mouthed grin in family photos. Fortunately, you don’t have to continue feeling insecure because of your smile. Cosmetic dentistry offers a number of solutions to help address everything from intrinsic staining, to excessive gum tissue. So this year, stop hiding, and start showing off a more beautiful smile!
Understand Your Options Before Settling on Treatment
Porcelain veneers can do a great deal to improve the look of the smile. Like cosmetic bonding, veneers can be used to hide permanent staining, minor cracks or jagged edges. Veneers can also help correct disproportional or misshapen teeth, and even minor gaps between the teeth.
And thanks to porcelain’s strength and natural stain-resistance, they can last a long time. Many patients are actually able to enjoy the cosmetic benefits of veneers for more than ten years! (This is why porcelain is also highly recommended for restorative treatment, like dental crowns.)
Gum lifts are less common than other forms of cosmetic dentistry. Still, they can be highly effective when excessive gum tissue has caused the teeth to appear small or misshapen. A gum lift is most often performed by an oral surgeon, working closely with a cosmetic dentist who will help design the patient’s ideal smile, before the surgeon carefully sculpts the tissue. This procedure is considered more invasive, and requires a longer recovery time, but it is often the only solution for correcting cosmetic concerns.