The year has zoomed by and it’s rapidly coming to a close, and you’re setting some new goals for the upcoming year. One of them is to finally have an appearance that makes you want to smile. How can that be accomplished, though? Your cosmetic dentist in Kenner explains how cosmetic dentistry can totally remake your image and give your confidence a major boost!
The Purpose of Cosmetic Dentistry
With the innovations in dentistry, cosmetic care now provides a way to, in many cases, address both the functionality and aesthetics of your teeth. An example of the dual benefits is with a dental crown placement.
Whereas in times past, a crown replacement would usually result in a glaring piece of metal in your mouth, the tooth-colored crown offered by your cosmetic dentist provides a strong, lasting and aesthetically-pleasing restoration.
However, when it comes to purely enhancing the way you look, there are other cosmetic procedures to choose from.
If you have teeth stains or discoloration that have left you reluctant to smile, then teeth whitening is what you need. Using only the highest-quality bleaches, your cosmetic dentist will equip you with an at-home whitening kit with special instructions on how to safely and effectively apply the product.
In just two weeks of usage, you can expect to see remarkable results that will leave your teeth looking brand-new!
Another option for overcoming teeth stains, gaps, crookedness or misalignment are porcelain veneers. The tooth-colored shells fit directly over the teeth in the smile zone to create the perfect image.
Here are the usual steps to the procedure:
- Enamel removal – The first step of the procedure is for your dentist to remove a thin layer of enamel so the veneers will fit properly.
- Bite impressions – Once the teeth are prepared, bite impressions are taken and will be sent to a trusted ceramicist so your veneers can be crafted.
- Temporary veneers – Your teeth will need to be protected while waiting on your permanent veneers to be crafted, so your cosmetic dentist will place a temporary set.
- Final placement – Once the permanent veneers return, you’ll be invited back to have them placed.
The final result is that you’ll have the smile of your dreams!
The Overall Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry
Studies have proven that improving the way you feel about yourself can have a positive impact on your overall health. That’s because it boosts your confidence, and it aids in the production of the hormones that foster relaxation like serotonin and endorphins.
The result is that your body produces less stress hormones, which are known to contribute to the breakdown of the immune system and can increase inflammation throughout the body.
Cosmetic dentistry can also help you overcome a traumatic past, especially if you were teased in childhood about the condition of your teeth. Thus, gaining an amazing new smile can serve as a source of healing.
So to experience the joys of cosmetic dentistry, and to make the upcoming year one full of happiness, contact your cosmetic dentist to schedule a consultation today!
About the Author
For well over a decade, Dr. Kerry T. Plaisance has been providing the best in dental care to the Kenner area. A graduate of Louisiana State University, he has been chosen as a Top Dentist in New Orleans Magazine for the past 10 years. Dr. Plaisance provides top-notch cosmetic dentistry at deJong and Plaisance, and he can be reached for more information through his website.