What is the first thing you notice about a person you meet? Their clothes, demeanor or body type?
While these are characteristics that do jump out about a person, your SMILE is what is most commonly noticed before anything else. In fact, the Academy of General Dentistry reports that 40% of survey respondents notice a smile first in people they work with, and 96% believe that a smile is important to a person’s appearance.
So, what happens when you’re embarrassed by your smile?
Feeling embarrassed about your smile is more than a hindrance on your social life. In fact, it holds you back professionally and lowers your overall wellbeing (thanks to the stab in your self-esteem).
And while being ashamed about your smile can be caused by a number of dental and oral issues like missing teeth, tooth decay or receding gums, many people point to crooked or misplaced teeth as the root of their issue. If you’re struggling with crooked teeth, the good news is there has NEVER been a better time to fix the problem thanks to today’s technologies. Cosmetic dentistry doesn’t have to break the bank anymore, either!
Keep reading as we break down common procedures cosmetic procedures that could bring back your smile and restore your confidence.
If you are a working professional or are concerned about having a mouth full of traditional metal braces, Invisalign might be right for you. Invisalign is a treatment process that relies on removable tray that slowly correct the alignment of the teeth.
Unlike traditional braces that rely on brackets and wires, Invisalign is made from clear, flexible plastic that fit snuggly over the teeth. This product is FDA-approved and is made from a patented thermoplastic. In general, the typical treatment for an adult takes approximately twelve months (unlike those with traditional adult braces which can take upwards of two years).
Once you are fitted for the trays, you will wear them for 20-22 hours per day and change to a new set every two weeks. The aligners will gradually shift your teeth over the course of your treatment.
Dental veneers are thin, shell-like pieces of tooth-colored material that are designed to cover and repair imperfections in your smile. Each veneer is designed specially for each patient.
Veneers can correct blemishes like tooth chips, fractures, stains, discoloration, misshapen teeth, minor alignment problems and more. There are several materials used for veneers, too; however, porcelain veneers are most commonly used.
Veneers are a popular option for those with significant spacing issues in the mouth. Having veneers placed will take several visits to ensure they match the color and shape of your natural teeth. It’s important to note, however, that the procedure is painless, and those with veneers report high levels of satisfaction afterwards!
Some patients are be better candidates for traditional braces instead of options like Invisalign. And this comes with its perks! For instance, in many cases, traditional braces are cheaper. Cost will always be a significant factor when choosing how to complete your smile makeover.
In addition, for patients without too severe an alignment issue to correct, the treatment time for traditional can be shorter. This is because traditional braces are worn 24/7.
And finally, many dentists find that traditional braces are better for correcting more significant issues such as overcrowding or teeth with varying heights. It is important to discuss how severe the issues you are experiencing with your smile to ensure you choose the best path for you.
Mail-order orthodontic treatments?
It seems like everything can be ordered through a monthly subscription service these days! From gourmet meats to beauty products to socks, you can receive customized products at your doorstep.
So, what about custom orthodontic treatment right to your door? These treatments don’t require any time spent in a dentist office and often cost far less than traditional treatments for tooth alignment. However, several professional organizations, including the American Association of Orthodontists, has cautioned consumers against using do-it-yourself orthodontic treatments. According to their website, nearly 13% of orthodontists have seen patients who have tried DIY teeth straightening treatments, sometimes causing irreparable damage.
Before trying these new products, it’s important to consider the risks and potential additional money that may have to spent to correct any issues.
Fixing crooked teeth is important to many people who are embarrassed by their smile. Don’t let your teeth hold you back from your personal or professional aspirations, or your quality of life!