Vani-Teeth: Does Your Smile Need a Makeover?
If Mona Lisa’s tight-lipped smile were enough to capture the hearts—and hard-earned cash—of art enthusiasts worldwide, can you imagine how much her painting would skyrocket if she flashed her dazzling white teeth?
No one can discount the power of a perfect smile. It creates a winning first impression, which attracts the object of our affection or lands us the job of our dreams. But in today’s appearance-driven world, a person’s smile is also a reflection of other things, like overall hygiene…or age. It’s no wonder that over the last decade, even during the economic downturn, cosmetic dentistry continues to generate a widespread interest. In fact, according to the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Americans spend about $2.75 billion a year on cosmetic procedures alone—not including over-the-counter teeth-whitening products that so-called “bleach junkies” purchase every year!
Until fairly recently, the most that an average person could do about how his or her teeth looked is to lighten it with bleaching agents. But thanks to modern dental materials and techniques, anyone who’s willing to invest on themselves can have a flawless, toothpaste model-like smile. How? A smile makeover!
A smile makeover is a dental procedure that involves one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures to alter and improve the overall appearance of a person’s smile.Just as in regular makeovers, this procedure takes into consideration your facial appearance, skin tone, hair color, teeth (color, width, length and shape), gums and lips to develop your ideal smile. Amongthe kinds of cosmetic procedures typically involved in a smile makeover include:
Teeth Whitening, an age-old procedure using a special bleaching agent to correct tooth discoloration caused by staining, aging or chemical damage.
Gum Lift, a cosmetic and dental procedure that raises and sculpts the gum line. It involves reshaping the tissue and/or underlying bones to create the appearance of longer, more symmetrical teeth.Teeth length impacts your overall facial appearance. A set of long, square teeth, for example, can have a slimming effect on round-faced individuals.
Tooth Reshaping, the procedure that removes part of the enamel to improve the appearance of the tooth, usually used to improve the proportion of your teeth. This procedure is also known as enameloplasty or odontoplasty.
Porcelain Veneers, which uses thin shells of porcelain to mimic the look of healthy white tooth enamel. These veneers, when bonded over the fronts of teeth, are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea or even cigarette stains.
Depending on your needs, preference and monetary considerations, some cosmetic dentists also suggest more invasive procedures like oral maxillofacial surgery, which can give you the appearance of fuller lips and cheeks and a more shapely smile.
Sure, it seems like a costly and painful investment for something that you can pretty much function without. But for some people, the instant confidence boost one gets from having that youthful-looking, pearly white smile is worth every penny.
If you’re not ready to splurge just yet, it’s always wise to look at your over-the-counter options. Even without a smile makeover, a set of clean, white, healthy teeth can bring a world of difference to one’s appearance. Some of the popular at-home solutions available in the market mimic the systems used in the dental offices, like the Tanda Pearl Ionic Teeth Whitening System. Others come in a more convenient, easy-to-apply packaging like a syringe (Dr. Collins All White Bleaching Gel 22 Percent), a pen (Liquid Smile Professional Whitening Pen) and even a chewing gum (Supersmile Whitening Gum).
Article posted 11/16/2012.