Unhappy With Your Smile? Here Are Three Ways To Improve It

Numerous sources, including "Cosmopolitan" magazine, agree that your smile is often the first thing people notice about you. And while your eyes or body type might also be key visual elements, there's little doubt that a person's smile -- either at work, with friends or on the dating scene -- is something that captures people's attention. If you're unhappy about your smile, however, you're not helping the image you project. You might look disinterested at work or bored on a date, for example. Don't be dismayed -- there are numerous ways you can improve your smile, and the image you project, by visiting your cosmetic dentist. Although the dentist can use a wide range of procedures to give your mouth the appearance you desire, here are three that can quickly give you reason to smile.

Teeth Whitening

Skip the home whitening kits you see at the supermarket and, instead, book an appointment to discuss whitening options with your cosmetic dentist. You'll get better results by visiting your dentist and won't have to fuss over whether you're performing the procedure correctly. Getting your teeth whitened by your dentist typically takes just a single appointment, which consists of protecting your gums while using a special bleach to remove the stains from your teeth. In some offices, the whitening procedure involves a special laser. The entire process isn't painful, and while your teeth might feel slightly sensitive in the hours that follow the appointment, the sensitivity doesn't last for long.


Whether your smile is misshapen, has overlaps or contains gaps, dental veneers can give your mouth an award-winning appearance. A veneer procedure consists of custom-designed shells placed over one or more teeth. Having this procedure done usually requires two visits; on the first visit, your dentist makes a model of your teeth so the veneers can be built to fit. The second visit consists of the dentist adhering the veneers to your teeth. Veneers are also an effective way to address severely stained teeth


Bonding shares some similarities with veneers, in that this procedure can address issues such as discoloration and gaps between your teeth. For example, if you have a relatively straight smile but a significant gap between your front two teeth, bonding can close the gap. This procedure often takes just one visit and is a less-expensive alternative to veneers. And, because of its simplicity, you don't always need anesthesia, according to WebMD.

For more information about treatment methods to improve your smile, contact a local cosmetic dentistry clinic.