Cosmetic dentistry can make subtle or dramatic improvements in your smile, depending on which procedure you choose or the severity of your concerns. Unfortunately, many people stifle their desire for cosmetic dentistry due to its elective nature or fear of investing in something that isn’t truly necessary. However, cosmetic dentistry is about more than vanity. In fact, if you have gaps, discoloration, chips or other unsightly issues in your teeth, you may be holding back your smile entirely. By refraining to show your pearly whites, you can actually benefit by having a smile for your health. There’s certainly nothing vain about improving your health and well-being.
Smile For Your Health
Smiling can boost your health in the following ways:
The age-old saying suggests smiling not only signals happiness to others, but could also be a way to help cope with life stresses. Studies have shown that your heart rate actually slows down when you smile after a tense situation. Even when it is forced, a smile can reduce your stress and anxiety levels.
Happiness is what makes us smile. A smile spurs a chemical reaction in the brain, releasing certain hormones including dopamine and serotonin. Dopamine increases our feelings of happiness. Serotonin release is associated with reduced stress. Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression and aggression”. It has been shown “over and over again” that depression weakens your immune system, while happiness on the other hand has been shown to boost our body’s resistance.
Researchers at the University of Kansas published findings that smiling helps reduce the body’s response to stress and lower heart rate in tense situations; another study linked smiling to lower blood pressure, while yet another suggests that smiling leads to longevity.
Stronger Immune System
Smiling lowers your stress hormones and increases the cells and antibodies that fight infection. Get sick less by smiling more!
Not only does smiling provide personal health benefits, but you can help those around you stay healthier too. Smiling is contagious; it is a proven fact! It has been proven that a a smile can help you have a better health. But, to compliment your health with a health smile, are the cosmetic dentistry procedures that can be considered to have a flawless smile.
Below, you will see some of our most common cosmetic dentistry procedures.
Tooth whitening lightens teeth and helps to remove stains and discoloration. Whitening is among the most popular cosmetic dental procedures because it can greatly improve how your teeth look. Most dentists perform tooth whitening. Whitening is not a one-time procedure. It will need to be repeated from time to time if you want to maintain the brighter color.
Invisalign, also known as clear-aligner treatment, are orthodontic devices that are a transparent, plastic form of dental braces used to adjust teeth. There are about 27 products available including ClearCorrect and Invisalign.
A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of a tooth, like a false fingernail fits over a nail. Sometimes a natural-color ‘composite’ material is used instead of porcelain.
Tooth bonding is the application of a tooth-colored resin material using adhesives and a high intensity curing light. The procedure gets its name because materials are bonded to the tooth. Bonding is typically used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth. It is also used to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer or to change the shape or color of teeth. Often times bonding is used as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings, or to protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed when gums recede.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots used to support a restoration for a missing tooth or teeth, helping to stop or prevent jaw bone loss. The implantation procedure is categorized as a form of prosthetic (artificial replacement) dentistry, but also is considered a form of cosmetic dentistry.
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At Lomita-Torrance Dental, we are skilled at transforming our patients’ smiles. We can help you have beautiful teeth and a smile that you can’t resist flashing every chance you get. Call us for a consultation and find out why we consider ourselves as the practice of best cosmetic dentists in 23520 Crenshaw Boulevard Torrance, CA 90505 or by calling us at (424) 201-2885 and if one our cosmetic dentistry procedures is right for you.