If you're in the market to upgrade your smile, you need to be a smart shopper. After all, your teeth are an important part of your appearance. In fact, 99.7 percent of people think a smile is an important social asset. For this reason, before changing your teeth, you want to carefully weigh your options. Do you want to enhance your smile or give it a complete makeover? Here are a few tips to make sure you make the best decision for your mouth.
Picking the Right Shade
Teeth whitening is a popular, economical technique to enhance a smile. While you may want to go as white as possible, you might want to reconsider. Over-whitening can lead to opaque teeth that almost look fluorescent. If you're looking for a whiter, yet natural smile, have your dentist help you pick the right shade. In addition, remember that a whitener will not change the color of bonding or tooth-colored fillings. For this reason, it is important to choose a shade that matches or complements the fillings or bondings.
Overhauling your Smile
If your teeth are greyish or brownish in nature, you may need something more drastic than a whitening procedure. Missing teeth or gaps are two other reasons you might need a smile overhaul. If you're looking to give your smile a makeover, consider one of the following fixes:
- Dental Implants: This is a great option if you are missing a tooth and want to give your mouth a strong foundation. After all, when a tooth goes missing, the underlying bone is no longer stimulated from chewing. An implant can help stimulate the bone, which allows your mouth to stay healthy. Since dental implants involve waiting for the jawbone to connect with the dental implant's surface, a process called osseointegration, the entire procedure may take three to nine months.
- Veneers: If you want to change your teeth's shape, size, and color, veneers are a good choice for you. During this procedure, your dentist will remove 1/2 millimeter of enamel from the tooth's surface. After a mold is made of your teeth, the impression is sent out and your veneers are made. When the veneers are ready, the dentist will apply a cement to your teeth, followed by the veneer. A special light will allow the chemical to react and the veneers to stick to your teeth.
Making Your Smile Unique
If you're looking to stand out in a crowd, you might consider adding something unique to your smile. Tooth tattoos are a trendy way to personalize your teeth. The tattoos are not put directly onto your tooth but rather involves placing a permanent picture on a porcelain crown. For this reason, if you decide you want to change your tooth tattoo, all you have to do is replace the crown.
Your smile can have a big impact on those around you. Why not make it a good one?