Being confident in how you look can affect many parts of your life, from your professional activities to social situations. If you aren’t confident about the appearance of your smile, you may smile less, causing you to appear less friendly. Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, and your smile influences how others perceive you.

If you feel like everything about your smile could use a little work, you may want to consider a smile makeover. At University Oaks Dental, we know that a new smile can make you look younger and happier, and can give your confidence an unexpected boost.

A younger, fresher look

Over time, your teeth change. They become worn down, your enamel slowly wears away, and your teeth appear more yellow or gray.

When you have a smile makeover, you may get dental veneers, which are very thin shells that are attached to your teeth. The veneers are matched to suit your natural coloring and can be shaped to cover any teeth that are oddly shaped or to hide any gaps.

Is your smile too “gummy”?

If necessary, a smile makeover includes a process called gingival recontouring. If you are unhappy with how your gums look when you smile, gingival recontouring could be the answer. The procedure can help if your gums are too low on your teeth, too high, or too lumpy looking.

When your gums are low, your teeth may look too small. If your gums are high on your teeth it could be due to gum recession, which is when the gums pull away from your teeth. Gum recession can expose the roots of your teeth and make you more vulnerable to tooth decay, as well as numerous other problems.

More attractive fillings

If you have tooth decay, your smile makeover may include composite bonding, which is an alternative to traditional fillings. Composite bonding involves using a resin that is the same color as your teeth to perform repairs.

A brighter smile

If your teeth are discolored, whether due to stains or age, teeth whitening is likely to be part of your smile makeover. There are several options for whitening your teeth, and Dr. Carol Alvarado makes recommendations based on your individual situation.

You may have in-office whitening or use trays specially designed for your mouth and filled with a prescription-strength whitening agent at home. Either way, the result is a brighter smile.

Necessary repairs

Other procedures that may be included in your smile makeover depending on your situation include:

  • Tooth implants
  • Crowns
  • Bite correction
  • Teeth straightening
  • Repairs to cracked or broken teeth

The impact

While there’s no doubt at all that a smile makeover changes how you look, you may find that it also changes how you approach the world. When you feel good about how you look, you are naturally more confident.

Exhibiting more confidence at work may help you advance professionally. In social situations, you may find that people are more drawn to both your improved appearance and your increased confidence.

If you’d like to learn more about what might be involved in your own smile makeover, book an appointment online or by phone at University Oaks Dental today.