In days of yore, going to the dentist was all about necessary health care. You had to go every 6 months to get a cleaning or address some scary problem that you wish you could avoid.
But these days, there are plenty of reasons to visit the dentist that have nothing to do with fluoride, plaque or root canals.
Many people are now visiting their dentist with the same intention they do when they go to the hair salon or spa – to look and feel their best. After all, study after study confirms that our smile is a huge component of how people perceive us. So, it makes sense to go the extra mile to improve your smile.
Here are the top treatments that will make you look like a million bucks.
If you’ve ever experienced dangerous envy while looking at the flawless smile of your favorite celebrities, you’re not alone. But you might be operating under false the assumption that all of those famous faces contain naturally perfect smiles. That’s far from the truth.
In reality, nearly every member of the rich and famous club has achieved that toothpaste commercial caliber smile because of the magic of veneers, and so can you. Veneers are essentially just a mask for your teeth – they are made to fit over your real teeth and to create the appearance of perfectly straight, white, even teeth.
There are a few things you should know before you take the plunge. First, you’ll have to decide if you want porcelain or resin; the porcelain lasts longer but costs more, so there are benefits to both options. Also keep in mind that getting veneers is a lifetime commitment. To get a good fit and bond, your real teeth are filed down before the veneers are put in. But high quality porcelain ones, for example, can last up to 15 years before needing to be replaced.
Getting veneers is definitely a big decision, so be sure to research your options. But if you have several cosmetic dental issues you’d like to address in one fell swoop, veneers are a fantastic solution.
Almost no one reaches adulthood with perfectly white teeth. Over the years, countless cups of coffee, wine, tea and food stains your teeth and slowly dulls the color. There are a whole host of ways you can go about whitening, so there’s no reason to live with a smile that’s anything less than wonderfully white.
Of course you have your pick when it comes to whitening toothpastes and over-the-counter DIY treatments available at the drugstore. But if you’re serious about getting dramatic results and you’re at all worried about damaging your teeth with a treatment at home, you should opt for a professional whitening.
In a dentist’s office, it will often take less than an hour to effectively whiten your teeth several shades, and they’ll stay that way much longer with a professional treatment as well. Plus, you won’t risk doing any irreparable damage to your teeth this way.
Many people get orthodontic treatment when they’re adolescents or teenagers. And as annoying or embarrassing as it may have been to have braces, you’re glad now that you put up with it to get a straight smile. But if you never had your teeth alignment issues addressed when you were younger, or if your choppers have slowly found their way back to a crooked position over the years, you’re probably not happy with the way they look.
At the same time, you’re not all that excited about the idea of wearing metal braces to your professional office job and on first dates. Who could blame you? Enter Invisalign. The clear trays fit right over your teeth and are virtually unnoticeable. You’ll get a new, slightly different one every so often, which slowly shift your teeth to the right position.
You may have done a double-take when you saw the word “botox” in an article about dental treatments. But more and more these days, cosmetic dentists are offering the treatment in their office. Why? Well, given the deep knowledge and experience dentists have with the structure of the face, they are uniquely qualified to perform the treatments.
Botox can be used to treat a wide variety of issues, including wrinkles, uneven smiles, and even TMJ and bruxism. The treatments are minimally invasive, quick to do and can last up to 4 months. Do a search in your area to find an experienced dentist who also routinely uses Botox.
Going to the dentist doesn’t always have to be about routine cleanings and procedures. If you need a lift in your confidence and a boost to your appearance, consider one of these improvements you can make to your smile.