Healthy, attractive teeth have a big impact on how you look and feel. For a graduate, being able to give a big smile on their first day at college is a great gift. And there are a variety of dental procedures that are available to help them do just that; some cosmetic dentists even offer gift certificates. So if you've got a child or relative who will be a freshman this fall, consider dentistry for a college entrance present.
Tooth Alignment and Straightening
Having crooked teeth straightened is not necessarily a "cosmetic" procedure, which is an important distinction when it comes to what dental insurance will cover. However, it can make a big difference in both the health and appearance of a smile. With the rising popularity of invisible braces and clear plastic re-aligners, the process itself doesn't need to be a source of self-consciousness.
Whiter teeth are a good way to improve the look of a smile without spending a fortune. But with all the home whitening kits out there, why bother to have it done by a dentist?
Home whitening kits can be very useful – but they're most useful in extending the life of a professional bleaching. Having the initial whitening done at a dentist's office makes it possible to whiten the shade of the teeth further, which can make a big difference in appearance. Dentists know how to avoid over-whitening, which can make teeth look more like dentures.
For an even bigger change in the look of someone's teeth, porcelain veneers are popular option. They involve bonding thin layers of porcelain to the front teeth, which can be used to change their shape and color. Discolored or even chipped teeth can be fixed by getting veneers, and they are also used to narrow the gaps between teeth.
For a really big gift, consider a smile makeover. Like the name implies, this procedure involves having a cosmetic dentist work with the soon-to-be-freshman to figure out what about their smile they'd like to change. This will involve a combination of procedures and can reshape the appearance of a smile quite dramatically. Gummy smiles can be altered with laser gum reshaping, worn or uneven teeth can be reshaped with veneers, old amalgam fillings can be replaced with tooth-colored resin. Orthodontics and dental implants may even be a part of the makeover; the treatment plan is put together to bring out the best in a smile.
For more information about cosmetic dentistry, contact a company like Tukwila Dental Center.