It’s no secret that most people care about their appearance. This is especially true when it comes to our teeth. A beautiful smile can make a person look more attractive and confident. In fact, studies show that teeth are the number one facial concern even when compared to eyes, nose, lips, and eyebrows. That’s why many people turn to cosmetic dentistry for help with their “imperfect” teeth. In this blog post, we will discuss the number one reason why people visit cosmetic dentists, as well as some treatments used to address this concern. We will also shed some light on other cosmetic concerns and their respective treatments.
According to an article published in the New York Post, as many as 7 out of 10 people are self-conscious about their teeth, and as many as 61% wish they could change something about their teeth. Can you guess what the top concern is? You guessed it: stained teeth.
So, how do our teeth get stained in the first place? Well, there are a few common culprits. Foods and drinks like coffee, tea, red wine, and soda can all lead to tooth staining over time. Smoking is another major cause of tooth discoloration. And, as we age, our teeth naturally become more yellow and dull.
Fortunately, there are a few cosmetic dental treatments that can help to brighten your smile. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular and effective treatments for stained teeth. This treatment uses bleaching agents to remove external stains and promote internal tooth brightness.
Veneers and composite bonding are other popular options for addressing stained teeth. Veneers are thin, porcelain shells that cover the front surface of your teeth. Composite bonding is a treatment in which a tooth-colored resin material is used to improve the appearance of your teeth.
While stained teeth are the number one reason people visit cosmetic dentists, the article noted there are other common concerns as well. These include crooked teeth, receding gums, and spaces between the teeth. Each of these concerns can be addressed with a variety of different treatments.
For starters, veneers and composite bonding can also be used to correct crooked teeth or teeth with spaces between them. In addition, orthodontic treatments like braces and Invisalign can be used to straighten teeth and eliminate spaces between the teeth. Similarly, receding gums can be treated with a gum grafting procedure.
In this blog, we’ve just scratched the surface when it comes to cosmetic dentistry. As you can see, there are many reasons why people visit cosmetic dentists. And, thanks to advances in dental technology, there are now more treatment options than ever before. If you have any concerns about the appearance of your teeth, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with a cosmetic dentist near you. They will be able to discuss your specific concerns and develop a treatment plan that’s right for you!
Dr. Admar holds dual certificates — a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) in 2010 from India and a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) in 2014 from Canada. He is now a full time practicing dentist in Kamloops where he provides a variety of services, including emergency dentistry. Dr. Admar spends hundreds of hours in continued dental education to stay up to date in cosmetic and implant dentistry and he has achieved several advanced qualifications.