Whether we like it or not, peoples’ first impressions are often based on our appearance. A huge part of our appearance – often the most important — is our smile.
In fact, a recent study by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry discovered that almost half of the U.S. adult population (48 percent) say a smile is the most notable feature after meeting someone for the first time.
According to the survey, a person’s smile outperforms their clothing, hairstyle and just about any other physical component.
Whether you’re interviewing for a new job, getting ready for a first date or just want to feel better about yourself, it can literally pay to have a winning smile.
If your smile is not making you happy, the experts with Advanced Dentistry will guide you through the host of options you have to make your first impression a good one.
What can I do to improve my smile?
In a word, plenty. Beyond giving a perception of happiness, a bright smile is also a sign of confidence, warmth and trustworthiness.
Here at Advanced Dentistry, we’re proud to offer a complete line of services designed to put the sparkle in your smile.
- Teeth Whitening – With our in-office Zoom Whitening approach, your smile can be transformed into one that’s multiple shades whiter. All it takes is three 15-minute sessions – which can all be done in one single visit.
- Crowns & Bridges – Crowns are an excellent solution for covering discolored or poorly shaped teeth. Bridges are the option of choice for a restorative solution to fill gaps of missing teeth. Maintenance of crowns and bridges is easy: just brush and floss as normal and keep regular appointments with Advanced Dentistry.
- Porcelain Veneers – Don’t mistake the fragility of porcelain in ceramics with the porcelain used in dental veneers. These thin shells are nothing like your fine china. Your veneers are custom-made to seamlessly fit over your teeth. In fact, no one will be able to notice you have them on. The process for measuring your teeth and installing your porcelain veneers is completely pain-free.
- Bonding – Whether you have minor tooth chips, gaps, crooked teeth or discoloration, bonding utilizes a resin-based compound to create a new and stronger structure for your teeth.
- Dental Implants – If you need a single implant or multiple ones, dental implants are an incredibly steady anchor for replacement teeth. Because they’re fused to your jaw bone, implants are built to last – likely for the rest of your life.
- Straighten your teeth with Invisalign – In addition to making your smile more striking, straightening your teeth makes cleaning and maintaining them much easier. Plus, your gums will be healthier as well. These clear braces gradually shift your teeth into a straightened position. Individually made to fit your teeth, these tray aligners can be taken out while you eat, brush and floss.
Are there benefits to a better smile beyond appearances?
From improving your mood to actually lowering your blood pressure, there is a host of proven health benefits to a healthy smile.
“Smiling is the best medicine” is more than an old saying — it’s a fact of life.
Scientific reports confirm many of your body’s organs (lungs, heart, muscles) receive a jolt from smiling that leads to positive physical changes in your body. Stress levels are greatly reduced, and blood pressure is lowered by the release of endorphins as you smile.
The effects are not necessarily limited to the short term.
Smiling strengthens your immune system by releasing neuropeptides – small molecules that help your neurons communicate with one another. Together, they increase the activity in your brain, which in turn leads to positive reactions throughout your body.
For an even bigger kicker, the release of the endorphins and neuropeptides can actually increase your body’s capacity for ignoring pain and increasing endurance.
Why should I consider cosmetic dentistry?
Far from being a new fad, cosmetic dentistry dates back for centuries across most continents, obviously showing that we humans have long been interested in improving our smiles.
While the use of dentures appeared in the 1400s with the use of bone and ivory, tremendous strides in techniques erupted in the 1700 and 1800s.
The dawn of the 20th century marked the beginning of more natural-looking teeth with the use of implants, veneers (thin tooth coverings that provide a more classical shaped appearance) and fillings.
The experimentations of the previous centuries have directly led us to the breakthroughs in the field of cosmetic dentistry we enjoy today. The days of using ivory and bone, for example, have given birth to the use of titanium and other extraordinarily powerful materials.
Accordingly, today’s cosmetic dentist is required to undergo extensive education and training to master the absolute latest in technology and techniques.
In addition to earning their doctoral degree in either dental surgery or dental medicine, cosmetic dentists are also required to be licensed by successfully completing the National Board Dental Examination.