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Reasons to consider a Smile Makeover – Health and Cosmetic

One of the biggest misconceptions about a smile makeover is that it will only benefit the appearance of your teeth. However, this isn’t strictly true. Many cosmetic dental treatments also have distinctive advantages for the health of your smile as well as improving the way that your teeth look.
 

What treatments are included in a smile makeover

A smile makeover can comprise of a wide range of different treatments. Which will be included in your smile makeover will depend on the individual aspects of your teeth that you would most like to improve. Nevertehless, the following are some of the dental procedures most commonly included in a smile makeover:

  • Porcelain crowns

  • Tooth-colored cavity fillings

  • Inlays and onlays

  • Porcelain veneers

  • Teeth whitening

  • Dental bonding

  • Orthodontic braces

  • Invisalign

  • Dental implants


Cosmetic benefits of a smile makeover

The cosmetic benefits of a smile makeover are usually always the key reason why a patient considers procedures of this nature. They are looking to address those aspects of their teeth that can cause them to feel embarrassed or even ashamed of the way that their smile looks. There are a number of different cosmetic advantages to choosing a smile makeover.


Greater confidence

Most people need to like their appearance to feel confident in themselves. Those that don’t will look at the floor, cover their mouths with their hands and try and avoid any activity that will draw attention to their teeth. However, by using cosmetic dentistry procedures to address those aspects of your smile that you dislike the most, you can enjoy greater confidence and improved self-esteem.
 

Look younger

The older we become the more likely we are to have damaged, decay or discolored teeth. Smile makeover procedures such as teeth whitening, porcelain veneers and dental implants can replace missing teeth and transform your natural smile so that it looks much younger – something which can take years off of your overall appearance.


Become more attractive

We all know that we should never judge a book by its cover. Nonetheless, studies show that as many as 87% of Americans would reject the possibility of a second date with someone because their teeth aren’t up to scratch. This shocking statistic is sending many people in to the offices of cosmetic dentists across the country in a bid to improve their smile and as a result – their love life. People with straighter, whiter and healthier-looking teeth are more attractive prospects to potential partners so addressing the parts of your teeth that you dislike the most could see you snagging the love of your life.
 

Health benefits of a smile makeover

Dental health is extremely important, not only for the long-term retention of your natural teeth but also for your wider wellbeing. This is because patients with dental problems have been found to be more likely to develop conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, Alzheimer’s disease and even cancer. Other important health benefits of smile makeover include the following.
 

Less dental decay

Decay is the most common problem affecting people’s dental health. It occurs when the bacteria present in our mouths interact with carbohydrates in the foods we consume to produce acids. These plaque acids eat away the enamel of the teeth and eventually penetrate through to the root, destroying it and causing the tooth to die. Smile makeover treatments such as porcelain crowns, tooth-colored fillings and even dental implants and orthodontic braces can help to protect teeth from decay.


Closing the gaps between your teeth can prevent periodontal disease

Very few patients have teeth that are in perfect alignment. However, these gaps that form between teeth, or as a result of teeth that are twisted or crooked, are havens for bacteria since they are so difficult to clean. If left, periodontal disease can occur. This inflammatory condition that is caused by plaque spreading on to the gums, causing infection, is the key contributor to the development of the health problems, like diabetes, mentioned above.

If you are considering a smile makeover and would like more information about the cosmetic and health benefits of the cosmetic dentistry treatments that may be included in your personal treatment program, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our knowledgeable staff. Alternatively, please call  843.321.4300  today to schedule your no-obligation consultation. Barefoot Oral Surgery is awaiting your call.