Smiles have a surprising amount of power in our day to day lives. Our smiles are one of the first things people notice about us, along with our eyes. The rest of our face, our body language, and our clothing all follow suit.
Interesting studies have found that a nice smile helps with getting a job, making social connections — and even getting more lenient prison sentences!
Yet smiles can also have negative effects on us, such as when they affect our self esteem. Studies have shown that correcting perceived problems with a smile can greatly boost a person’s self-esteem. Leaving the issues alone lead to more self-consciousness and dissatisfaction.
There are many ways to transform a smile. These primarily fall under the umbrella of cosmetic dentistry, and there’s a solution for just about everything.
The most common cosmetic dental treatment would have to be teeth whitening. In one trip to the dentist, you can brighten your teeth by 5-7 shades. While you can achieve similar results at home, it takes significantly longer — days, if not weeks.
In-chair whitening at a dentist is faster, more noticeable, and you get a take-home kit afterwards to “top up” your smile in the future as well.
Crowns and Veneers
Veneers are thin sheets of material that get fixed to teeth to solve a host of cosmetic issues:
- Whitening permanently stained teeth
- Reshaping teeth that are misshapen
- Closing gaps between teeth
- Reshaping chipped teeth
Crowns are similarly used to restore the biting surface of teeth, typically the molars. Where veneers are sort of like fake nails, crowns are like little helmets that sit over a tooth. They’re used when a tooth is chipped, cracked, broken, or has been operated on, such as a root canal.
Clear aligners allow you to reposition your teeth without being super noticeable like traditional braces. Straightening and aligning your teeth can not only transform your bite, but your whole smile — and your face along with it.
Clear aligners typically take less time to achieve results than traditional braces as well, so you don’t need to go through the trouble of orthodontics any longer than necessary.