Posted by Dr. Julie Boudreault On 9-03-2020
Your smile can say a lot about you. Whether you have a great big smile that shows off your pearly whites or a more reserved toothless smile, it can say a lot about your personality and contribute to the impression you leave when you first meet someone.
If you’re like many others, your confidence is heavily based on the appearance of your smile. If you feel embarrassed by your smile, there are ways to help change that. The world of cosmetic dentistry can offer you the help you need to change different aspects of your smile.
One area of cosmetic dentistry is known as cosmetic contouring — or teeth reshaping — which is used to sculpt your smile to help improve its appearance. Cosmetic contouring involves the removal of a small amount of tooth enamel in order to help fix any minor aesthetic concerns. Cosmetic dentistry can help you achieve your dream smile.
If you’re considering a few changes to help improve your smile, here are 10 ways that cosmetic dentistry can help you:
Removing chips in your teeth
One of the most obvious and easily noticeable issues with your teeth are chipped, cracked, or broken teeth. These damages can appear even worse if they have affected the visible teeth in your mouth.
Cosmetic contouring can be used to help fix small chips in your teeth by fixing them to look like whole teeth. The results of cosmetic contouring can be seen immediately and help make your teeth look healthy and complete.
Even your smile
If the spacing between your teeth is uneven, it can disrupt the appearance of your beautiful smile. Cosmetic contouring can allow you to reshape your uneven teeth and give your smile a whole new look. Cosmetic contouring offers the most economical solution to fix uneven teeth.
Tooth height reduction
If some of your teeth are abnormally long, cosmetic contouring can be used to decrease the height. When some teeth are longer than others, it can be obvious. Even a few millimetres shaved off your teeth can make a huge difference. Reducing the height of one or a few teeth can give your overall smile a more balanced appearance.
Smoothing fractures and pits
If you have small fractures or pits in your teeth, cosmetic contouring can be used to smooth out these damaged portions of your teeth. These small repairs and adjustments can play a big role in the improvement of your smile and can be accomplished using cosmetic contouring.
Reshaping pointy teeth
When your third teeth along from the centre of your mouth — also known as the cuspids — are excessively pointy, they can make your smile appear odd. These pointy cuspids can be shaved down using a dental instrument with a burr that glides along the surface of your teeth. This will help round-out any abnormally sharp points in your cuspids.
If you suffer from gaps between your teeth, discolouration or staining, chipped, fractured, or misaligned teeth, porcelain veneers can help improve your smile.
Porcelain veneers are a layer of material that is placed over your teeth to help protect the surface from damage. Veneers are an excellent way to help enhance your smile because they are stain-resistant.
Porcelain veneers do not discolour as quickly as your normal teeth do, so you won’t require regular whitening to maintain that bright smile.
Reduce overlapping teeth
Sometimes your teeth may overlap on one another. These overlapping areas can become home to areas of plaque and tartar build-up, so removing these overlapping areas can help reduce your risk of tooth decay or developing gum disease. Cosmetic contouring can help reduce areas of slight overlap between your teeth.
If your tooth or teeth have suffered a trauma leading to physical damage or your tooth has decayed from a bacterial infection, you may require a dental crown to help provide support and protect whatever is left of your natural tooth.
A dental crown aims to provide a replacement for your tooth by sitting atop your natural tooth and shielding it from harm so it can resume all its normal functions.
Dental crowns are designed to blend in with the rest of your natural teeth and provides a way to fill in the gap in your smile to avoid shifting and misalignment of your teeth in the long run.
If your teeth have slowly acquired a dull shade of yellow and don’t have that same glistening white shine, then teeth whitening is the perfect dental cosmetic procedure for you.
Teeth whitening is one the most economical ways to enhance the brightness of your smile with quick results. A number of take-home whitening kits can be purchased in-store or provided by a dental professional who can perform whitening procedures in-office with more effective results.
Clear plastic trays that are custom-fit to your mouth are designed using impressions of your teeth. These trays, containing whitening gel, are tightly fit to and simply applied to your teeth for the required period to achieve that bright and beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.
Traditional braces or Invisalign
If you have gaps in your teeth, suffer from bite problems, or have crowded teeth, then traditional or Invisalign braces could be the best option for you. If you want to help realign your teeth and fix any concerns, traditional metal braces or Invisalign can help slowly shift your teeth into the correct positions.
The benefit of using Invisalign, which consists of a series of removable clear aligner trays, is that they are virtually invisible, do not require regular adjustments, and can be removed when eating or cleaning your teeth.
Regardless of whether you choose traditional metal braces or the more discrete Invisalign option, braces are an excellent way to fix concerns with the alignment and positioning of your teeth to help you achieve your dream smile.
Healthy and perfectly aligned smiles are usually linked with increased confidence, happiness, and success. Your teeth can be one of your most powerful tools when creating first impressions and displaying your confidence in everything you do.
If you feel that your teeth could use a few adjustments and repairs to create an even, aligned smile, then cosmetic dentistry is the solution for you. Cosmetic dentistry has successfully helped many people improve their smiles and restored the confidence and happiness that comes with it.
For more information about how to achieve your dream smile, call Milltown Dental at 905-878-8528 or contact us here.