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A Reason to Smile Again: The Top 11 Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry

The first thing many people will notice about you is your smile... unless you're hiding it. 

Broken or stained teeth, as well as missing teeth and misalignment, are all reasons you might be keeping your smile under wraps. Luckily, there's been advancements in cosmetic dentistry over the years to help correct some of these problems.

Here are 11 benefits of cosmetic dentistry that you may not have considered.

1. Brighten Your Teeth

Imagine you have a family reunion photo shoot coming up. All of your relatives have beautiful, bright smiles, but you've got that telltale sign of drinking too much coffee or smoking (yellowish or brownish staining.) 

Sure, the photographer can probably make your teeth look whiter in editing, but that will probably come with a premium. And you don't want to be fixing your teeth in every selfie. So having teeth whitening done as part of cosmetic procedures will surely brighten your day. 

2. Repair Broken Teeth

Perhaps you were born with a beautiful smile, but you had an unfortunate incident that resulted in a tooth being chipped or cracked. Whether it's from a sports injury or a job-related incident, you might start to become self-conscious about the damaged tooth and it might also start to hurt

Cosmetic dental procedures can help fix broken teeth while maintaining a natural look. Having cracks and chips fixed now cosmetically might save you money down the road from requiring more advanced procedures to deal with the problem. 

3. Take Years Off Your Appearance

Staining and surface erosion of teeth are often associated with age progression. However, by having cosmetic procedures, you can make your teeth look younger and healthier which will reflect on your overall appearance. 

4. Eat More Variety of Foods

If your teeth are crooked or too crowded, it doesn't look that great. But there's another reason beyond vanity why this is a negative. Some foods can become hard to bite through, or get stuck between your teeth (like apple peels.) Your teeth may also get damaged by an incorrect bite. This is also known as malocclusion, and it affects up to 20 percent of the population. 

You may be avoiding some foods because your teeth aren't up to the task. However, with cosmetic dental procedures, you can correct your teeth and enjoy all of the foods you love without worry. 

5. Get Ahead in Your Career

It's not just personal relationships that can benefit from a better smile. Having great-looking teeth can make a better first impression on clients, and can show more sincerity when dealing with them. 

Smiling more often also reflects a positive attitude, which can help you be noticed for promotions and open positions. 

6. Get Tooth-Colored Fillings

You've probably seen the unattractive dark or silver fillings at the back of someone's mouth when they're talking or laughing. These types of fillings, known as dental amalgam, are usually made of mercury and metal alloy and don't blend in with the surrounding tooth. 

The silver can oxidize over time making it darker, and there are also health concerns about mercury although it's generally considered safe for dental use. A tooth-colored filling (also known as a composite filling) is a cosmetic dental procedure that looks more natural while providing good durability. 

7. Fix Your Gums

If you find your smile is too big or too small, then your gums might be to blame. Receding gums (or too much gum area) can give your teeth the appearance that they're too long or short. Gum contouring is one way to correct this problem. 

8. Replace Missing Teeth

You may have one or two missing teeth as a result of injury or dental neglect. Whatever the case, missing teeth can affect the way you eat, the way you speak, and make you feel self-conscious. 

Dental implants are a solution to this problem. Unlike dentures, you can replace just one tooth at a time with implants. These are anchored in place with a titanium post (so you don't have to worry about them slipping) and resemble real teeth. 

9. Fill the Gaps

While teeth crowding is a common problem, you might also find that you have too much space between your teeth. This is where bonding comes into the picture. 

Bonding involves using tooth-colored resin to make corrections. It can also be useful for teeth that are stained or misshapen. It is a less expensive option than a dental veneer, which is essentially a thin shield that covers the tooth surface. 

10. Thin Out the Crowd

Crooked teeth can become overcrowded, which may look unpleasant. But there's another reason to consider cosmetic dental procedures if your teeth all seem to be fighting for the same space. 

Having teeth to close together may make them more difficult to brush and floss, as some of the surfaces may become hard to reach. That could put you at higher risk for gum disease. A dentist may use braces, veneers or a combination of other cosmetic procedures to straighten them out and prevent overcrowding. 

11. Increase Your Confidence

The combination of better appearance and bite will help you feel more confident, which can benefit you across all areas of your life. You might find yourself looking in the mirror more often, and you may be more inclined to socialize. 

Brush Up On The Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry

Having a winning smile you can be confident about is not out of your reach. An experienced dentist can outline all of the benefits of cosmetic dentistry whether you have stained teeth or missing teeth. 

To find out more about what we offer or to book an appointment, contact us today. 

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