Do you know someone with a confident smile? If you close your eyes, you can probably see that person walking into a room, and everyone turning and smiling back.
This is what people mean when they talk about a smile that can light up a room.
Now, do you know someone with “bad” teeth? You can probably close your eyes and see his or her smile, too.
Our teeth are one of our most memorable features, and they say a lot about our health and our self-confidence. If you don’t like your teeth, you may not let other people see them … and that says something, too.
Cosmetic dentistry includes a variety of services, and you can find a lot of them at our dentist office, right here in Billings, MT. Legacy Smiles wants your teeth to be healthy, but we also want you to be happy with your teeth.
What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?
You know what cosmetics are. This is makeup — lipstick, eye shadow, blush — all the things that people put on their faces to look better.
You know what cosmetic surgery is. This includes a number of procedures that are intended to make an individual look better.
Well, cosmetic dentistry is the field of dentistry that deals with improving the appearance of your teeth. One thing you will notice as we explain some of the ways cosmetic dentistry can improve your smile is that some procedures also have restorative purposes as well.
What Can Cosmetic Dentistry Do For You?
It’s not really fair, but as a society, we put a lot of value on having “perfect” teeth.
You’ve flipped through celebrity magazines or watched red carpet events on television. You’ve seen actors and models and musicians flash their million-dollar smiles over and over again.
But just like us, most celebrities weren’t born with perfect teeth, either. Many of them have had cosmetic dental work done. (A quick online search will probably turn up more results than you want to look at.)
While a lot of wealthy people get cosmetic dental work, it’s not some exclusive service for the 1 percent. It’s available for you, too.
Here are a few ways it might be able to improve your smile:
- You can have whiter teeth.
According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, most Americans wish they had whiter teeth. It’s probably not a coincidence that this is one of the fastest ways to improve your smile.
Professional teeth whitening is one of the best ways to remove years, even decades, of accumulated stains on your teeth. One of the fastest way to remove stains is with our Opalescence Boost in-office treatment.
We also offer take-home treatment for people who prefer a do-it-yourself approach.
Veneers are another great option to make your teeth look brighter, whether you have yellow teeth due to staining or discolored teeth for any other reason. Veneers are bonded to the front of your teeth to change their outward appearance.
- You can have straighter teeth.
Once again, you have options.
If you want the look of straighter teeth, veneers can work on that problem, too. With a couple visits to our office and a few weeks time, you can have the appearance of perfectly aligned teeth.
If you want real straight teeth, however, you can try orthodontic treatments, such as Invisalign. This system is sometimes known as invisible braces.
Invisalign uses clear, plastic aligners to gently push your teeth into their new position. No metal brackets. No metal wires. No tiny rubber bands.
- You can show more of your pearly whites.
If you have ever been told that you have a “gummy” smile, then you may wish your tooth-to-gum ratio was heavier on the tooth.
You may have a gummy smile because of an excess of gum tissue, or you may have a gummy smile because your teeth did not erupt very far, making them appear short.
In either case, we can remove some of your gum tissue with our Waterlase laser. This painless procedure will reveal more of your teeth when you smile.
Be Proud To Smile
Think back to the opening of this post. Would you rather be the person with the confident smile or the person with the “bad” teeth”?
Cosmetic dentistry can improve the appearance of your smile and improve your confidence, too. In addition to making your smile whiter, straighter, and less gummy, the team at Legacy Smiles can use our cosmetic services to repair chipped or broken teeth, close gaps between your teeth and fix crooked teeth.
If you live in or near Billings, MT, call (406) 794-3114 or use our online form to make an appointment at our dentist office or to learn more about what we can do for you.