Do you hold back your smile when someone makes you laugh?
It happens more often than we would hope. For years, someone smiles half-heartedly because they don’t love their smile. Here’s what we as dentists want you to know – it doesn’t have to be that way. In just a few visits, we can help make your smile into one you never even imagined you could have.
Many of us start out with a smile we love when we were younger, and then lose confidence as we experience changes. With time, of course, everyone’s smile changes. It could be staining due to acidic drinks, shifted teeth after pregnancy, or even an old injury showing up as nerve damage to your tooth.
No matter the cause, there’s good reason to visit the dentist and to be forthright about your cosmetic dentistry needs. Smiling has a positive impact on your everyday life, and we want to help you do that with more confidence.
When you transform your smile through cosmetic dentistry, you’ll see many changes to your day to day –
Confidence and Calm at Work
You’re already nervous enough before a big presentation or meeting, right? You shouldn’t have to worry about your smile too. Boost your confidence by brightening your smile.
Did you know that the term “grin and bear it” may actually be rooted in research? When you smile, you convince your brain into calming your nerves. According to the Association for Psychological Science, smiling during stressful times “reduces the intensity of the body’s stress response.”
Soda, wine, coffee, smoking and medication can all contribute to teeth becoming stained over time. This can make you look older than you are, and often patients say that whitening their teeth results in looking or feeling younger. If you’ve tried over-the-counter whitening products in the past, you probably know the results can be disappointing. At Midlothian Dental Center, we use a state-of-the-art procedure called ZOOM!®. In less than an hour, your teeth can be up to 8 shades whiter.
The Relief of Addressing a Past Trauma
If you’ve suffered past trauma, injury or otherwise, cosmetic dentistry can help you move past it and live life on your own terms.
There isn’t a one-size fits all approach to cosmetic dentistry. Your ideal smile goals, along with a thorough exam from your dentist, will determine the treatment plan. We offer a number of cosmetic services to transform your smile and boost your confidence. Two of the quickest ways we can do this are through professional teeth whitening or veneers.
If teeth whitening alone won’t achieve your smile goals, veneers are a great option. Veneers are a thin, custom-made translucent layer of porcelain or composite that fits permanently over an existing tooth to improve its shape, color or size. We use computer imaging to show you what your smile can look like after treatment and work with each patient to determine the best size, color and shape. With proper care, veneers last 15-30 years.
Leaving Fake and Hidden Smiles Behind at Social Events
You may think that you’ve tailored each and every selfie into a convincing half-smile. As it turns out, your friends and family probably see right through it.
Did you know that if your smile isn’t fully genuine, it looks different than your real smile? According to research, the “say cheese” smile is controlled by a different part of your brain than your authentic smile. Make no mistake, it’s not only about your teeth, but about how you feel. The best smile is a real one.
If you’re hiding your smile or trying to focus on a “good side,” it could be time to ask us about cosmetic dentistry. To learn more about our cosmetic dentistry services and book your first appointment, call our office directly at (804) 794-4588. We hope we will see you soon because our approach is 100 percent shame-free. We’re ready to talk about the kind of smile you would love to have.