Kindness, intelligence, loyalty, generosity, attentiveness…

Although we all wish to be judged on our inner qualities, the world we live in is influenced by the appearance of a smile.

Beautiful smiles are always a complement to appearance!

Studies have shown that a smile is often the first impression you make on others. Some studies have found that a flattering smile causes people to perceive someone as more successful, more confident, and more popular.

For adults with chipped, cracked, broken or crooked teeth, smiling can be less than joyful. When people are uneasy about their smile, they may smile with their lips only or cover their smile with a hand.

When other people are smiling widely in photos, are you the one who is suppressing yours?

If you feel your smile is not one you feel good about sharing, you may be surprised at the many ways today’s cosmetic dentistry can make it easy and affordable to smile.

In some cases, porcelain crowns, veneers, or bonding on just the front 4 or 6 teeth can make a dramatic difference in a smile! Below are some of the exceptional cosmetic dentistry solutions for some typical smile flaws…

• Chipped or broken teeth: In some instances, bonding may be an option to repair and reshape natural teeth. Although bonding does not resist staining as well as porcelain, it can be completed in just one visit and is a less-expensive choice. In the process, a material is ‘painted on’ the tooth and then shaped and polished.

• Crooked or crowded teeth: While porcelain crowns can adjust some misalignment, realigning teeth into their proper positions may be recommended for more severe situations. We can do this with Invisalign, which uses clear molds to gently straighten teeth without wires or brackets. Invisalign is virtually undetectable in a smile and the molds can be removed for eating and brushing.

• Misshaped or short teeth: For the most natural look, feel and longevity, porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns are the superior solution. Porcelain is durable, reflects light as a natural tooth and resists staining more than other materials used in cosmetic dentistry.

• Gapped teeth: When the front teeth most visible in a smile have a noticeable space between them, there are several options we recommend depending on the width of the gap. If the gap is minimal, we can apply bonding to fill in the gap. The material is selected to match the existing structure of the tooth and polished for a natural sheen. However, for the most durable, natural-looking restorations, we advise porcelain veneers or crowns. Porcelain is more resistant to staining and has the most natural look and feel of any material used in dentistry today. Porcelain also provides the best longevity.

• Gummy smile: The term “gummy smile” is used when too much gum tissue is revealed above teeth in a full smile. This is a genetic trait and certainly does not pose an oral health problem. However, some people with gummy smiles tend to ‘hold back’ when smiling. The procedure often used to correct a gummy smile is called a gingivectomy. (This may also be referred to as crown lengthening). In this, gum tissues are reshaped to a higher position over teeth. In most cases, porcelain crowns are placed afterwards to protect the teeth involved in treatment, which enhances overall smiling appearance.

• Discolored (or stained) teeth: Although there are a number of whiteners on the market, those available through a dentist are the most effective. And, for the longevity and degree of whitening achieved, they are a bargain compared to the frequency needed and minimal results of drug store whitening kits. Our whitening system provides a dramatic, long-lasting degree of whitening to teeth that far outlasts those available over-the-counter.

When smiles look great, people tend to smile more often! They feel they look more attractive and are more confident with others. Too, when you smile more, research has shown that it actually makes you happier. The mere act of smiling causes the brain to react so it sends a “feel good” message to the body.

Let’s help your positive inner qualities show through with a smile that you’ll love to share. Call 219-987-5733 to request a free consultation appointment. During this time, you can discuss your preferences and concerns.

If treatment time, payment plans, or dental fear are factors, Dr. Woolley can also address these during your appointment.