Everyone knows that the eyes are the window to the soul. If that’s true, then what exactly is your smile? In the literal sense, your smile is the window to your mouth, but in a more metaphorical sense, it’s a window into your personality. Unfortunately, over the years your teeth and smile can begin to show their age, making you feel self conscious and possibly even impacting your social and professional life.
That’s because 75% of people believe that an unattractive smile would hurt their career prospects, while more than 99% say its one of the most important social assets (to say nothing of how it might affect your romantic ambitions). That’s why cosmetic dentistry has exploded in popularity in the past decade, with a variety of procedures going mainstream.
If you want your smile to match your inner personality, then cosmetic dentistry provides a number of exciting options to restore your smile.
- Dental Veneers, Lumineers: Veneers are a special covering molded perfectly to your teeth, which are then bonded in place to make your teeth look as good as new. Lumineers are a popular ultra-thin veneer, which more realistically mimic the appearance of natural teeth enamel. As cosmetic dentistry becomes more popular, veneer use has increased 250% in just five years.
- Teeth Whitening: Every year, Americans looking to improve their smiles spend $1.4 billion on tooth whitening products and cosmetic dentistry procedures. While you can pick up teeth whitening products at any drug store, cosmetic dentists can also provide professional bleaching and whitening procedures as well.
- Dental Implants: If you have missing or dead teeth, there’s no reason to spend another day feeling self conscious about your smile. According to professional dental publications, dental implants have a 98% success rate.
You can also repair chipped teeth or even invest in cosmetic dentures. Just remember, cosmetic dentistry isn’t a replacement for regular dental cleanings.