What’s in a smile? It’s so much more than a series of fascial muscle movements. The smile is one of the most powerful forms of body language we have at our disposal. Different smiles can convey a range of both positive and negative messages: hello; I’m feeling good; I like you; I’m flirting; I have a secret; it’s nice to see you; I’m hiding something; I’m humouring you; I’m nervous; I’m embarrassed; I’m scared; I’m lying; I’m looking down on you with derision; and so many more.
When someone feels the need to suppress their smile because of bad teeth, it stops them from participating in a basic form of human interaction. It’s no wonder bad teeth weigh so heavily on a person’s quality of life. It affects self-esteem, confidence and self-pride.
When a procedure is referred to as “cosmetic”, it often brings to mind something that is unnecessary or vain. But cosmetic dentistry is about so much more than looking good; it’s about interpersonal communication and self-worth. Everyone deserves to spread their contagious smile so don’t hesitate to visit a Gatineau dentist and ask about what cosmetic dentistry option could help you.
This is probably the most common type of cosmetic dentistry, especially since you can do it yourself. However, although there are many over-the-counter options that allow you to bleach your teeth at home, having it done at a dentist’s office will give you better, faster results. Thanks to the supervised conditions, your Gatineau dentist can use a much stronger bleaching agent, which gives you visible results immediately.
Veneers are a thin layer of porcelain or composite resin that your Gatineau dentist attaches to the front of your teeth to alter its size, shape or length and improve its appearance. The veneer is matched to the colour of your other teeth so that it blends in and looks natural.
Dental crowns are similar to veneers in the sense that they aim to improve the appearance of the tooth by covering it. However, while veneers are thin layers attached to the front of the tooth, crowns encase the tooth, fully covering all visible parts of it.
Like the word implies, a dental bridge closes a gap caused by missing teeth. The bridge is attached to the teeth on either side of the gap using crowns and the gap between the two crows is filled with false teeth.
Orthodontic treatments are used to straighten teeth by gradually putting gentle pressure on them over a prescribed amount of time (months or years). Traditional metal braces, as well as invisible braces (Invisalign) are examples of this type of treatment.
You deserve to feel the confidence and pride that comes with a beautiful smile. As you can see, there are many options to choose from. Just ask your Gatineau dentist, which of these cosmetic dentistry options will give you the best results.