Have you ever looked at a photo of yourself and thought, “That is not a good picture of me?”
If that photo was posted on social media, you may have untagged yourself in the picture. We tend to be more critical of our own smiles than others. Those internal criticisms can affect us in a number of ways.
They may make you more self-conscious about speaking up at work or introducing yourself to someone new. They may make you hesitant to smile the next time one of your friends or family members wants a selfie.
No matter what you would like to change about your smile, you can fix it with cosmetic dentistry at the office of Ghina Morad, DMD. One of those services that we offer to our patients in and around San Carlos, CA, is veneers.
Why You May Consider Veneers
Veneers are one of the most transformative types of cosmetic care. We will discuss some of the ways that veneers can improve your smile in a moment.
But first, we want to discuss something that you may not have considered. That is the emotional benefit of cosmetic dentistry, like veneers.
Sadly, we have patients come to our office who are completely ashamed to be there. They are so embarrassed by their teeth that they barely open their mouths when they speak.
We know of people who have effectively isolated themselves because of how they feel about their teeth. We don’t think anyone should feel that way, especially you, our patients.
Yet, we have reason to feel hopeful, too. We have seen how cosmetic dentistry, such as veneers, can bring a person out of his or her shell.
When you feel comfortable with your smile, you are able to relax. You don’t worry what people are thinking when they see your teeth.
Instead, you are able to express yourself more freely. You can smile naturally when someone wants to take your picture.
And when you see those pictures, you don’t feel the need to hide them from other people.
How Veneers Work
If you have ever remodeled a room, then you know the end result makes it feel like a completely different space.
Let’s take a kitchen for example. Let’s say you want to change the look of your cabinets. You could tear out the cabinets and completely start over.
That’s usually not necessary to get the result that you want. If the structure and the shelving are solid, you can keep them in place. Instead, you can replace the front of your cabinets instead.
New doors can make your cabinets look like something better without damaging the basic structure.
Veneers work in a similar way. Veneers provide a new front for your teeth with minimal impact on the healthy parts of your teeth. This can make your smile look like something you’ve only imagined it could be.
Here are some of the ways veneers could improve your smile:
◆ Change Colors — Teeth can become discolored for a number of reasons. One example is the stains that can form after years of drinking coffee, soft drinks, tea, or wine. Another reason is aging. With time, our teeth will naturally lose some luster.
With veneers, you can make your teeth as white as you would like, yet retain a natural-looking smile.
◆ Straighten Things Out — Orthodontic treatments can do wonders for your teeth, but some people don’t like the idea of wearing braces for two years to see those results.
Veneers can be bonded to your crooked teeth so that your smile looks like it’s filled with nothing by straight teeth.
◆ Evenly Things Up — When your adult teeth were erupting, they may not have had enough space to emerge. If this happened, your teeth may have pressed into one another. Some may have been turned sideways just so they could fit.
Veneers can replace that kind of smile with teeth that look parallel and evenly spaced relative to each other.
◆ Close Your Gaps — We all want a little room sometimes, but that doesn’t mean you want extra space between your teeth. Some people are OK with a gap while others just want it to go away.
Veneers can close those openings so that your teeth appear more uniformly spaced in your mouth.
Before making any decision about cosmetic care, stop by our dentist office in San Carlos, CA, to discuss what you would like to change. We can help you decide if veneers or one of our other services may be what you need to feel more confident about your smile.