Recent technological advancements in dental care have made dental veneers or tooth bonding the go-to choice for creating that perfect Hollywood smile at affordable prices, quickly and easily. Studies have shown that people with perfect teeth are perceived as being happier, more trustworthy, intelligent, sociable and successful in business and in their personal lives. They may even be getting more dates!
That old cliché, “First impressions are everything“, is certainly true today. People tend to remember certain features about you within the first few seconds of your introduction. This involves, making new friends, social networking, job interviewing, speaking engagements, representing your company, sales, and marketing, etc. Mentally and unconsciously, people tend to make assumptions that lead them to accept and respond positively to people who have well-aligned, straight, pearly white, equally-sized teeth with a nice smile. In the entertainment industry, this means everything to your success! In a highly competitive job market such as the entertainment industry, a dental makeover can give you the edge you need to stand out and become the idealized leader that others are willing to follow, boosting your popularity.
Equally true, many people with dental imperfections tend to withhold their smile, as they are self-consciously aware of their own appearance. This results in a self-limiting effect that impacts their self-confidence and self-image affecting their relationships with others. Surveys and polls conducted on representative population groups of people with dental imperfections indicate they are willing to forego various items of enjoyment if they could gain or recover a beautiful smile. These might include, desserts, confections, coffee, cigarettes or anything else that impacts their ability to pay for various treatments that are available today. Tooth bonding is an effective way to restore chipped or fractured teeth, small gaps between teeth, minor bite-related issues and for traumatized and discolored teeth.
While tooth whitening or bleaching is often a good and fast solution for discoloration, some patients teeth will not respond well to this treatment approach due to tooth darkening from a traumatic injury to the teeth or superficial staining from smoking and consuming red wine, tea, coffee, cola, chewing tobacco and a host of other foodstuffs that cause discoloration.
While each patient treatment plan can vary and may require a mixed treatment approach, check with your dental provider to see if porcelain bonding might be right for you. A veneer is like a thin shell that is often made of porcelain or other high tech materials and is bonded to the front portion of your teeth with a light-sensitive resin that hardens when it is exposed to ultra-violet light. This is possible due to the very natural looking luminescence of porcelain.
A cosmetic dentist can create a makeover plan that brings all factors together for consideration. Sometimes when a tooth gap is too large, an orthodontist may be required to place braces on teeth to straighten or realign them prior to proceeding with the bonding procedure. Decayed teeth may need dental crowns. For missing teeth, dental implants and bridges might be used. But for otherwise healthy teeth, the new style, no-prep porcelain laminate veneer is the superior choice because the procedure only requires the removal of a millimeter or less of tooth enamel for the placement. This is an improvement over older methods that required the removal of more of the tooth material. In addition, most patients only require improvements the eight front teeth, four on top, four on the bottom.
Porcelain laminate bonding consists of several layers of thin ceramic composites, which replace the original tooth enamel, and a light-sensitive adhesive layer. These materials create a consistent and superior tooth appearance while restoring and preserving adequate and long-lasting tooth function for many years.
While good dental hygiene is the cornerstone to maintaining the health of your teeth, good tooth brushing habits and regular use of dental floss can save a ton of money over time on restorative dental work. Of course, this includes regular periodic visits to your dentist office for teeth cleaning and checking for any tooth decay or oral diseases.
Studies have shown that stress can also be a leading indicator of overall oral health. Individuals who are highly stressed tend not to sleep well. When the body is sleep-deprived, breathing patterns change which affects blood flow, and may even cause teeth grinding, which can cause the teeth to break down over time.
Regular tooth brushing and dental cleanings will prevent plaque buildup. Plaque build-up can contribute to heart disease, strokes and the risk of developing diabetes. Oral bacteria have been linked to plaque build-up on the arterial walls of the heart. Gum disease, called periodontitis, is a direct result of poor oral hygiene and causes gum tissue erosion and bone loss. As the immune system tries to defend the body from oral infection, blood may enter the mouth allowing bacteria to enter the bloodstream. It then becomes possible for the bacteria to make its way to the arteries of the heart contributing to the possibility of a heart attack.
Regular tooth brushing and dental cleanings will prevent plaque build-up. Plaque build-up can contribute to heart disease, strokes and the risk of developing diabetes. Oral bacteria have been linked to plaque build-up on the arterial walls of the heart. Gum disease, called periodontitis, is a direct result of poor oral hygiene and causes gum tissue erosion and bone loss. As the immune system tries to defend the body from oral infection in a worsening condition, blood may enter the mouth allowing bacteria to enter the bloodstream. It then becomes possible for bacteria to make its way to the arteries of the heart contributing to the possibility of a heart attack. In addition to the conditions mentioned above, Gingivitis (gum inflammation and bad breath) usually precedes periodontal gum disease. While every case of gingivitis does not progress to periodontitis, gingivitis can cause the gums to become inflamed and to easily bleed during tooth brushing. Regular dental check-ups every six months to a year combined with proper oral hygiene can help prevent these serious health issues.Visiting a cosmetic dentist is the first step in determining the right plan to get that winning smile. Good communication with your cosmetic dentist about what you want and expect will be the foundation for determining the success and satisfaction of your treatment experience. Take the time to thoroughly define the look you are after. The dentist can then determine what steps are necessary to achieve the smile you desire and help you decide which course to take in your dental makeover plan.