Fix Any Imperfections In Your Smile With Cosmetic Dentists
Have you ever noticed someone’s yellowing teeth and thought to yourself how much of a difference white teeth make on first impressions? As uncharitable as that might sound, it’s unfortunately true that many of us judge someone based on first physical impressions and someone’s smile is inextricably tied into those first impressions. Luckily with cosmetic dentistry today, it’s not too hard to fix anything that might be wrong with your smile. In fact, many of us may not realize that we’ve already had a run-in with a cosmetic dentist from a young age. Braces are probably one of the first cosmetic dentist procedures we’ve taken part in. However, it’s also important to start taking what your family dentist says to heart and engaging in good brushing and flossing habits, otherwise you’ll be back looking for more cosmetic dental procedures in no time!
Are People Really That Concerned With Their Teeth?
Well, the answer is yes. Over 30% of Americans say they’re concerned by the way their teeth look and almost 20% of people routinely hide their teeth in photos. Part of this may be due to what we attach to smiles socially. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry released a survey that showed that almost 100% of adults who they surveyed said they believed a healthy smile was socially important. And almost 75% of adults say that they believe an unattractive smile can actually hurt how successful they are in their career. Romantically, over 95% of adults said they thought a pretty smile could make someone more attractive to someone of the opposite sex. And as we age, over 50% of the adult population who was over the age of 50 said they believed a smile is one of the physical features that stays the most attractive as we get older (this per the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry). However, this all means that we have to keep up with our pearly whites!
What Services Can Cosmetic Dentistry Provide?
One of the most common (and relatively inexpensive) procedures that people go to a cosmetic dentist for is to get their teeth whitened. Indeed, over 80% of people saw a real noticeable difference after having had their teeth whitened by a cosmetic dentist. If you need veneers or crowns to fix badly damaged teeth or replace enamel, your best bet is heading to a cosmetic dentist. They can also fix chipped teeth, missing teeth, and replace fillings that are barely noticeable! Cosmetic dentists can also help contour or reshape unsightly teeth or fill in gaps between teeth. In essence, they can perform almost any procedure to give you the appearance of having a white, full, and healthy smile. If you’re looking for a cosmetic dentist, be sure to make sure they’re part of the Academy of American Cosmetic Dentistry to guarantee that they have advanced training and a high level of accreditation. You also want to make sure that the cosmetic dentist you visit has a good track record in the procedure you want to have done.
So I’ve Been to the Cosmetic Dentist. Now What?
Although a cosmetic can help make your smile look perfect again, it’s not going to last if you don’t take care of your teeth in the long term. If you get your teeth whitened and then drink a lot of coffee, tea, wine, or other staining foods or beverages without bothering to brush your teeth afterwards, all that work and money will disappear and you’ll be right back where you started. You should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day (dentists recommend after every meal, but that can often be difficult, especially in the workplace) and flossing every single day. Brushing only gets three-quarters of the plaque out — flossing takes care of the other 25%! And be sure to visit your family dentistry regularly! They’ll take care of any hard to get at plaque and give your teeth a professional once over.
Don’t shortchange yourself by not taking care of your smile. It’s such an easy thing to do and periodontal disease and bad teeth are simple to prevent. Be assured of a healthy smile when you look after your teeth!