When making a first impression, your smile says more about you than almost any other aspect of your physical being. A confident, bright smile is welcoming, reassuring, and engaging to others. Being the proud sporter of such a smile can help someone enter boldly into any social situation. Americans go to great lengths to achieve the smiles of their dreams, and these days there are more options than ever when it comes to enhancing your smile! Cosmetic dentistry is the practice of changing or altering the shape, color, or general appearance of teeth for a more desired look and it may be more accessible than you think!
There are many ways to enhance a smile.
From simple whitening procedures that brighten your teeth by a few shades, to in-depth treatments like veneers and braces, there is a wide array of ways to change your teeth. If the straightness or structure of your teeth is what bothers you, braces or veneers may be your best option. Braces will straighten teeth over time using metal brackets and wires, while veneers are specially made caps that fit over your teeth to totally change their outward appearance. Your dentist will be able to guide you in the right direction if you express your smile aspirations to him or her!
Cost does not have to be prohibitive.
Many people assume cosmetic dentistry is something reserved only for the wealthy, but this isn’t always the case! Depending on what you’d like altered, costs can be relatively low. Whitening procedures, for example, can range from $15-40 for a store-bought whitening kit to a few hundred dollars when performed in your dentist’s chair. Even more involved alterations can be paid for with payment plans or assisted by insurance! It’s important to talk with your dentist about your options before simply writing off a procedure as unattainable to your financial needs.
Lifestyle can impact your need for cosmetic dentistry.
While some conditions such as misaligned teeth are things we are born with, many others are products of our environment and habits. Avoiding harmful behaviors can lessen the need for cosmetic treatments down the road! Smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco are surefire ways to get a prematurely yellowed smile, and drinking soda is known to rot teeth to the point that they need to be replaced. Taking care of your oral health and watching what you put in your body are your first defense against needing to seek out a cosmetic enhancement to begin with. If you’re curious about how your lifestyle may be impacting your teeth, ask your dentist about ways to protect the beauty of your smile on a day-to-day basis.
No one should have to go through life suffering a lack of confidence in their smile. There are cosmetic dentistry options to hit a wide array of needs and budgets, and your dentist will happily work with you to find a solution for your specific needs!
To schedule a consultation or appointment to discuss your cosmetic options, give us a call Manus Dental in Yorkville, Lake Zurich, or Hyde Park today!