“Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love” – Mother Teresa

A smile is an expression of love. The simple act of smiling at a stranger can elicit the same feelings out of others. Similar to a yawn, it is contagious. More than just a physical trait, it tells the world who you are. Reserved or outgoing, bashful or confident, your smile is a glimpse into your soul. Unfortunately, there are those who are ashamed of their smile and try to hide it. Discolored teeth, uneven teeth, missing teeth, and gaps are enough to hinder your expressions of happiness. Cosmetic dentistry is the best way to correct all of those problems and get you smiling once more.

Cosmetic dentistry can improve your bite

Uneven teeth are not just unsightly. They are more difficult to clean and floss properly, putting you at a higher risk for cavities and gum disease. Braces and Invisalign can help correct the position of your jaw by making your teeth fit together in a better way.

Braces no longer have to mean “metal mouth.” Invisalign can treat crowding, spacing, crossbite, overbite and underbite in a way that is practically unnoticeable. Invisalign lets you avoid many of the unwanted side effects that come from metal braces, such as the roots of teeth shortening and tooth decay. Invisalign is removable, so you can eat, drink, and clean your teeth normally without metal brackets in the way. Simply wear them for 20 hours every day and graduate to a new set of Invisalign every 2 weeks. Your teeth can be fixed in as little as twelve to eighteen months.

Cosmetic dentistry can preserve your oral health

If left untreated, decayed or damaged teeth can spread decay to other areas in your mouth. There are strong correlations between gum disease and diabetes, stroke, heart attack, respiratory disease, premature birth, digestive disorders, and pancreatic cancer. “They’re finding the role of inflammation in the body is very critical to a lot of these different diseases,” says Sally Cram, DDS, consumer adviser for the American Dental Association.

Taking care of your teeth is the first step to taking care of your body and staying healthy. Don’t let apprehension over a mouthful of silver fillings keep you from treating your damaged teeth. Tooth-colored fillings are now an option, keeping your smile white and saving your health at the same time.

Cosmetic dentistry can raise your self esteem

Most of us remember the awkward years of junior high. Overalls and baggy t-shirts were bad enough, but many of us were also self-conscious of smiling for pictures due to crooked or broken tooth. We are our own worst critics, and feeling good about ourselves and our appearance is important to our overall happiness. Fixing those problem teeth with cosmetic dentistry is one way to raise your self esteem and feel confident once more.

Cosmetic dentistry can improve your appearance

The smile is one of the first attributes someone notices when you first meet. A beautiful smile can instantly improve anyone’s appearance and give the impression of happiness and youth, but a yellowing smile can tarnish that impression just as fast. As you age, your teeth’s enamel thins and becomes more prone to stains. Professional bleaching can lighten your teeth by nine to ten shades in just one office visit, and can last for one or more years.

Chipped or cracked teeth are another common problem that can get in the way of a beautiful smile. Lumineers (porcelain veneers) are a way to fix each tooth individually. Ordinary porcelain veneers necessitate the removal of some tooth enamel, but Lumineers are so thin that no painful removal is necessary. It can take years off your appearance, and is likened to a mini face lift.

Cosmetic dentistry can improve your social life

It is so much easier to go out and meet new people when you have self confidence. If you are happy with who you are and the way you look, everyone around you will know it. That increased confidence can benefit your personal and professional life. If your less-than-perfect smile has turned you into a hermit, then cosmetic dentistry could be the jump-start you need to get back out there and socialize.

We all have flaws that we wish we could easily fix. Luckily, cosmetic dentistry doesn’t have to stay on your wish list. With no unrealistic recovery times like with plastic surgery, and reasonable cost and financing options, it is time you let this opportunity improve your life. This is a simple way to improve your health and your appearance, so why not go for it?