How Soon Do You Want To Change Your Smile?
- March 22, 2016
You have never really liked your smile. Something just seems off about it.
When you look at other people, they seem confident, relaxed, comfortable. They smile easily in photos, and they aren’t worried about other people seeing their teeth.
But when you look at pictures of yourself, you see a forced smile, lips closed as if you are trying to hide your teeth from the world.
You wish you could be more like your friends and co-workers. On social media and in person, they don’t seem self-conscious about their teeth. You are sure that fixing your crooked, crowded, or gapped teeth would change how you smile and how you feel when you meet new people.
If you live in or near Plainville, CT, then you are close to a dentist office that can help. Gentle Dental Care can change your smile with veneers or orthodontics.
Your Smile Matters
Smiles mean a lot to us. It’s the reason so many celebrities pay for cosmetic treatments to get the perfect “Hollywood” smile. It’s also one of the reasons that millions of teenagers undergo orthodontic treatment every year in the United States.
To illustrate our point, USA Today reported that teeth are the most important feature that both men and women look at when trying to find a romantic partner. According to an article from just a few years ago, 58 percent of men and 71 percent of women said they considered good teeth a “must have” for a potential relationship.
(To be fair, this wasn’t the only feature people wanted; it’s just the one that a majority of people of both genders agreed was important.)
So what if you don’t have perfect teeth? Well, you are not alone, and you do have help. At Gentle Dental Care, we have seen how cosmetic dentistry can improve the smiles — and confidence — of more patients than we can count.
Veneers Or Orthodontics?
Both of these options have advantages, but first we want to discuss what they have in common.
Either of these services will change the appearance of your smile. When you are finished with either treatment, your smile will look better than ever.
And both treatments can be used to correct the following problems:
̀» Crooked teeth
» Crowded teeth
» Teeth with gaps between them
» Teeth with a combination of those problems
Now, let’s discuss why you may prefer one treatment option over the other.
Benefits Of Veneers
The biggest advantage of veneers compared to orthodontics is time. With veneers, you can completely transform the appearance of your smile in a matter of weeks.
For practical purposes, veneers are a shell that can be bonded to the front of your teeth. This shell hides your natural teeth and changes how your smile looks to the rest of the world.
During your first appointment, we will remove some of the enamel from the front of your teeth. Then, we will make impressions of your teeth. These impressions will be sent to the lab, which will make custom-fitted veneers just for you.
It usually takes a week or two to complete your veneers. When they are finished, we will bond them to your teeth during your second appointment. We use e.max veneers, which are made of durable materials that look like natural teeth.
You also may like to know that veneers can do more than hide your crooked, crowded, and gapped teeth.
Veneers can make your teeth whiter. Veneers can repair teeth that are worn down and teeth that are chipped or broken. And veneers can fix teeth that are small or misshapen.
Advantages Of Orthodontics
Orthodontic treatments, such as traditional braces or the clear, plastic aligners available at our office, take between 10 months and two years. The key difference is that orthodontics change the position of your teeth rather than hiding them behind a shell.
With orthodontic care, your teeth will become straighter and less crowded. Your teeth can be pushed together to close the gaps between them.
And orthodontic treatments can fix some things that veneers can’t, such as crossbites, overbites, and underbites.
When your teeth are straighter, they are often healthier too, because they are easier to clean when you brush and floss your teeth. This allows you to remove more of the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease.
Two Good Choices To Improve Your Smile
At Gentle Dental Care, our priority is our patients. We want your mouth to be healthy, and we want you to be happy with your teeth.
Veneers can transform the appearance of your smile in less than a month. Orthodontics can completely change your smile by repositioning your teeth. We can help you decide which service is best for you and your needs.
To learn more, call our dentist office in Plainville, CT, at 860-479-2397 or fill out our online appointment form. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you get a smile that makes you happy.