If you've been wondering if there's much to be gained by enhancing your smile through a cosmetic dental procedure, this article will go a long way in helping you make that decision.
The first thing that shouldn't surprise you is that nearly 100% of people think that a great smile makes you look more physically appealing. And 96% of people say that having a nice smile is important from a social perspective.
But you might still be thinking, so what. I still don't need to do anything to improve my smile. You could be doing just fine in your every day life with that perspective. However, what you may not know is that nearly 60% of company managers say that they are less likely to hire someone who is unattractive. Now, that probably includes more than just your smile, but your smile is one component that determines your attractiveness.
Next, studies show that men and women get nearly a 5% boost in pay just from being attractive.
So with those statistics as a backdrop, it shouldn't surprise you that 74% of people survey say that an unattractive smile can hurt your career success. Further, 54% of people say that a great smile helps someone look younger than their true age. And finally, 25% of people think that a lousy smile can make you look less confident.
But without a doubt there are things that you can do to enhance your smile. That's when your dentist can become your best friend.
The most widely known technique for brightening your smile is to use teeth whitening products. You're probably familiar with such products since they are display on supermarket and pharmacy store shelves as toothpastes, whitening strips, polishes, and more.
These products are all designed to eliminate teeth stains or yellowing that may be due to age, foods, or medications. One of the most used agents for helping in the teeth whitening process is hydrogen peroxide.
Now, while these over-the-counter products may work if the teeth discoloration is minimal, they won't do much good if the staining is substantial. If this is the case, you should visit your dentist. He or she will have the industrial strength bleaching agent, and the knowledge of how to use it properly to get the teeth whitening results you want.
Next, dentist can use a variety of methods to re-contour your teeth. This may be necessary if your teeth are chipped, cracks, irregularly shaped, etc. For example, the use of bonding material can be used to fill in chips and cracks. The bonding material is a special toothpaste-like cement that is pliable and can be shaped. Once shaped, the material can be hardened in place using a special procedure that hardens the material.
Finally, the dentist could recommend veneers which are very thin shells that are permanently cemented to the outer surface of your teeth to hide similar damage as mentioned above. Veneers are quite popular and you probably don't even realize that many celebrities get them. They are hard to distinguish between regular teeth.