Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that saying is definitely true when it comes to creating your best smile. What one person considers a perfect smile may be completely different from your expectations. It is all very subjective. This is one reason why an in-depth consultation is needed when you are contemplating a smile makeover.
Some individuals will be completely satisfied with having their teeth whitened. Others may want extensive dental work to achieve their dream smile. It is important that the patient is satisfied and that their expectations are reasonable.
Natural Tooth Color
What may seem like the perfect smile may not actually look natural. For example, in nature, people do not have extremely bright, white teeth. In general, the natural color of teeth fits with the unique coloring of the individual. Over the years, teeth can get dull and dingy looking. Certain foods, such as berries and intense colored seasonings, stain teeth, making them darker. Coffee, tea, dark juices and red wine also take a toll on the color of your teeth.
Having your teeth whitened removes the stains and brightens your teeth. Whiteners have bleaching agents that take out the discolorations. Whiteners can bleach the natural color out of teeth also, making them super white. Many individuals seek to have their teeth as white as they can be. The only drawback to this is that when whitened beyond the natural color, the teeth can look somewhat artificial. This is because in nature, paper-white teeth do not exist.
Prosthodontists have specialized training in dental aesthetics and are uniquely qualified to guide the patient when it comes to natural looking tooth color. Your best tooth color may not necessarily be super white. It may be the one that suits your skin tone and looks soft and natural when you smile.
Diastemas, or gaps in the teeth, are another occurrence where beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There are many celebrities who have made their fortunes on the uniqueness of their gap. Madonna, Elijah Wood, Anna Paquin, Michael Strahan and LeAnn Rimes are just a few well-known figures who made the decision not to close the gap.
Still, there are many others who have chosen the opposite. They have undergone orthodontic work or cosmetic bonding to close up the space between their teeth. It is definitely a personal choice whether to close the gap or leave it naturally developed. When it comes to gapped teeth, the main questions revolve around how you feel about it and if it is causing any problems.
Small gaps between teeth can pose a problem in that they can be food traps and difficult to keep clean. These gaps can occur when the teeth are smaller than the jaw size. Genetics can give you a larger jaw from one side of the family and smaller teeth from another, resulting in small gaps between your teeth. Closing these little gaps may not only improve your smile, it can also improve your oral health by eliminating the food traps.
Unless you are meticulous about cleaning between each tooth when you have these tiny gaps, you run the risk of dental decay and gum disease. As food gets caught between these teeth, plaque can build up. The acids produced by the harmful bacteria dissolve the enamel of the teeth, creating cavities. Tartar can also build up as the plaque accumulates and this can lead to gum disease. Both of these conditions will ruin your smile and your oral health.
In general, it is probably better to have a chipped tooth repaired. The part of the tooth that is chipped has lost enamel and if the dentin, the next layer in the tooth structure, is not exposed, it is definitely closer to the surface of the tooth. This area now becomes more vulnerable to decay, if not well maintained. A chipped tooth can also have a sharp edge that can irritate the tongue. Repairing the tooth prevents sore spots on the tongue.
Some individuals with a minor chip may choose to leave it alone. It may be a reminder of some event, or even a badge of courage or honor. For some, a chipped tooth can be an endearing mark that adds to a smile.
Again, your best smile is subjective. If you are happy with your smile and it is not doing any harm, you may choose not to repair the chipped tooth. On the other hand, you may look in the mirror and decide your chipped tooth is preventing you from having your best smile. Then, it is time to have it repaired.
It is not always the most blatant imperfections that can make a person unhappy with the way their smile looks. Even minor imperfections can leave an individual feeling less confident. Slightly crooked teeth, discolorations that do not respond to whitening products or misshapen teeth are some of the imperfections that cause a person to seek consultation regarding a smile makeover.
Such imperfections can be addressed in a number of ways, depending on the type of issue and the extent of the problem. Certain dental blemishes can be masked with tooth bonding or porcelain veneers. In fact, porcelain veneers can mask a number of dental imperfections.
Tooth discolorations that do not respond to whitening products are an example of an imperfection that can be remedied with either dental bonding or porcelain veneers. Bonding material that matches the color of your teeth can be placed over the discolored tooth or teeth. Porcelain veneers are thin shells that are placed on the front of problem teeth to make them look better.
Whether you choose bonding or veneers to mask minor imperfections, the result can be a more uniform, brighter looking smile. Your dentist will guide you into making the best decision about how to address your dental flaws and improve the appearance of your smile.
The dental problem that has the greatest impact on a person’s smile is missing teeth. Gaps caused by missing teeth, particularly anterior teeth, can ruin your smile and affect your self-esteem and self-confidence. Fortunately, there are a variety of remedies.
Missing teeth can be replaced with dentures, dental bridges or dental implants. Each method of replacement has its advantages and disadvantages. Dental implants are becoming the method of choice for replacing missing teeth. Their advantages far outweigh those of more traditional solutions. Your dentist will consult with you to determine the most effective method for your unique situation.
A Happy, Confident Smile
Everyone deserves to have a healthy, beautiful smile. The act of smiling changes so many things. It can change your mood, your outlook and send a positive message to others. Smiles raise endorphin levels for the giver and the receiver. You never know when your smile will change the life course of another person; that is how powerful and important smiles are, according to research.
Creating your best smile can do wonderful things for you and the people around you. When you feel confident and secure with your smile, your world may feel more positive. Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry of Atlanta can create that smile for you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment and discover the ways we can help improve your smile.