A beautiful smile can have a dramatic impact on your appearance and the way others treat you. If you don’t like your smile, consider changing it in the following ways.
Whitening your teeth is one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve your smile. There are a variety of at-home whitening products you can turn to, but they typically won’t be as effective as in-office whitening treatments with a Park Slope dentist. Some dentists even sell at-home kits so you can get dentist-grade products without having to take multiple trips to the office.
Braces are not just for children or teenagers. If you’re uncomfortable about your crooked teeth, braces are a great option at any age. Dentists can offer you the traditional metal brackets, but if you want to be more discreet while aligning your teeth, consider using clear plastic brackets. People will still be able to see that you’re wearing braces, but they won’t be noticeable until you’re up close. Another popular option for adults who are straightening their teeth includes removable aligners, which are also known as “invisible braces.”
If you have missing teeth, you may feel embarrassed and self-conscious. One of the most durable options for teeth replacement is dental crowns. These replacements are actually surgically inserted into your jaw and function like regular teeth. They are designed to look just like your teeth and feel no different from your regular teeth once you get used to them. If you have good oral hygiene, the implant screw will last your whole life, though you may need to replace the crown after 15 years.
Dental crowns, which are caps placed on top of teeth, are typically used to strengthen weakened teeth, but they are a great option if you have a misshapen or severely discolored tooth that whitening can’t improve to your satisfaction.
If you have chipped or cracked teeth that are otherwise healthy, consider dental bonding. Dentists will apply a composite resin (the “bond”) over your broken tooth and reshape it to make it look like you never had any damage. A talented dentist will expertly match the color of the bond with your natural teeth. Dental bonding is also ideal if you want to tighten any gaps between the teeth or have a tooth that is slightly shorter than the others. In other words, bonding is best for minor fixes, but it can make a major difference to your smile.