Spring and summer are full of special occasions such as graduation, proms, summer work parties, vacations, reunions and more. These are all opportunities where photos will be taken and memories will be made. You want to love the images you see instead of focusing back on a smile that wasn’t the best. Luckily, there are easy dental services such as teeth whitening and cosmetic bonding, porcelain veneers and more that can help make your smile special in time for all your special events!
Special Events and Your Smile
In the U.S., the National Center for Education Statistics estimates that 3.6 million students will graduate from high school in 2019. Graduating college will be 1 million receiving associate degrees, 1.9 with a bachelors and about 1 million getting Master’s or Doctoral degrees. Millions of students attend prom and other formal events each year. Prom alone is a $4 billion dollar industry. 62% of people that attend prom will keep their prom photos and other memorabilia for decades. No matter if it’s prom, graduation or other special events, your smile will matter in photos and in person.
Invisalign conducted a study comparing healthy, straight smiles to crooked smiles. From hundreds of observers, they found that people with healthier, straighter smiles were perceived better than those with unhealthy or crooked smiles:
- 1/3rd of people notice your teeth before any other facial feature.
- Straighter, healthier teeth made people 45% more likely to be hired for a job.
- People perceived others as 58% more wealthy, successful and more likely to get a date.
- Healthier smiles made a person 73% more trustworthy than someone who didn’t care for their smiles.
- Healthy and/or straight teeth made a person significantly more confident in every aspect of their lives.
Besides simply staying healthy, your teeth say a lot about your personality and your health as a whole. Your smile is also important in photos. As it is the season for prom, graduation (both high school and college), summer reunions and vacations, office parties and more, there are so many opportunities for photo ops. You want your smile to look great at these events so you make a good impression. You also want your photos to look great so you look back on your memories and love your smile.
Teeth Whitening: An Easy Option
Want whiter teeth? You’re in luck! Teeth whitening is one of the easiest options to get a whiter smile in just one office visit! White teeth are an indication of good oral health, overall health and the absence of unhealthy habits, so many people unconsciously react more positively when you present a dazzling smile.
For patients, we can provide them with one in-office visit that takes about 45 minutes. Using products and technology you can only get in a dental office, we can whiten your teeth 5-10 shades. For patients on-the-go, we can provide take-home kits that contain a higher concentration of whitening agent than anything you could buy at a store. Both are great options to try before prom, graduation, family reunions and other special events.
Porcelain Veneers: A Step Up
How do celebrities get such straight, beautiful smiles, seemingly overnight? You can thank cosmetic dentistry for that transformation, specifically porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are a great way to improve your smile without having to have 18-24 months of orthodontic treatment. Dental veneers may also be a good option for you if your tooth surfaces are damaged or badly stained. Porcelain veneers were created to change your smile aesthetically in a short amount of time.
Porcelain veneers are custom-made tooth shells that go over your natural teeth. They are made of porcelain and can come in 18 different shades depending on your current smile and the smile you want. In one appointment, we shave off the very top layer of your natural tooth. A very thin layer of porcelain is then cemented permanently to the surface of your tooth. This creates a smooth, pearly-white finish and helps issues such as:
- Misshapen teeth
- Spacing or gaps in your teeth
- Wear and unevenness in the teeth due to grinding
- Discoloration due to the consumption of staining drinks, side-effects from certain antibiotics or root canals.
- Chips and breaks that change the appearance, size or shape of your teeth.
- Serious decay that required a large filling or caused tooth damage.
Cosmetic Bonding, Implants and More
A great smile starts with good health. You may want to hold off on teeth whitening and veneers if your oral health is still not where you want it to be. That means, you want to focus on good oral hygiene practices such as:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day (at least), for 2 minutes at a time, as recommended by the American Dental Association.
- Flossing 1-2 times a day, which gets 40% of your tooth surfaces.
- Visiting a dentist at least twice a year to reduce or eliminate your risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
There are cosmetic dentistry options to help improve your smile, while helping your teeth and gums to stay healthy. For imperfections in the teeth, we can fix chips, holes, irregularities and more with cosmetic bonding. This is material bonded to your teeth that makes your teeth look straight and healthy. For teeth with severe decay, a tooth extraction may be needed. If you lose a tooth or are missing teeth, we then look to dental implants. These can replace one or more missing teeth to make your smile whole again. Got crooked teeth? You can boost your oral health and make your smile straight with Invisalign treatment, which are clear, removable braces for the teeth.
There are so many options to improve your smile this spring so you have a dazzling smile for all of your special upcoming events. To see what services will fit you best and to have your free consultation, call Dr. Evanson’s office today at (720) 409-0008!Leave a reply →