In a poll by Kelton Research, half of respondents indicated that a smile is the feature they remember most about a new acquaintance. Additionally, 37% believed that a flawed smile makes a person less attractive, and 25% said that smile imperfections make a person seem less confident. A second study by Kelton revealed that teeth whitening prior to a job interview can improve the candidate’s potential for landing a position and a higher salary. We don’t all have the genetic makeup that provides us with perfect smiles, and external factors can also take a toll on our teeth. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry presents simple solutions for the most common dental imperfections.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is the area of dentistry focused on improving the appearance of smiles. Your DNA is a 99.9% match with all humans. However, every person looks different. From hair colour and type to height, weight, and race, that .1% of uniqueness goes a long way. The ideal, beautiful smile for you may appear vastly different than that of your neighbour.
As a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Murray-Curtis will create a smile makeover plan that will complement your facial features and personality. Since the days of fake-looking “Chicklet” veneers, cosmetic dental techniques and materials have evolved. Today, an experienced cosmetic dentist can make each patient’s smile beautiful, but also unique and more natural looking than ever before.
Which Treatments Does Silk Dental Care Offer?
Dr. Murray-Curtis offers a wide array of cosmetic dental treatments to suit the diverse needs of our patients. After talking with you about what your ideal smile might look like, the dentist will suggest one or more procedures to meet your goals. Learn more about the most popular cosmetic procedures here:
What are the Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry?
- Improve overall facial aesthetics
- Whiten, brighten tooth colour
- Reshape teeth, for a more uniform smile
- Increase or reduce tooth size or length
- Close gaps between teeth
- Eliminate the appearance of overlapping teeth
- Reduce or reshape gum tissue
- Replace obvious metal dental work with natural-looking materials
- Improve self-esteem and confidence
How Much Does Cosmetic Dentistry Cost?
Cosmetic dentistry cost is determined on a case-by-case basis. Some patients require single, simple improvements, while others desire complex smile makeovers. Dr. Murray-Curtis will conduct a comprehensive oral examination, review records and X-rays, and discuss your goals prior to determining which procedures he’ll recommend for you. He’ll design a custom cosmetic treatment plan, then explain all aspects of the plan, including price. While we keep cosmetic dental costs reasonable, there’s no way to put a price tag on the emotional benefits of a beautiful smile.
Will I Make a Good Candidate for Cosmetic Dentistry?
If your teeth or gums have imperfections, you are a candidate for cosmetic dentistry. To ensure that your cosmetic treatments will stand the test of time, Dr. Murray-Curtis will identify and treat underlying oral health issues prior to administering aesthetic dental procedures. For instance, gum disease, peri-implant disease, and tooth decay should be addressed before you begin cosmetic treatment. Because oral infections and diseases do not naturally subside, if not treated they will continue to advance, harming natural teeth, gums, and dental work. Only healthy mouths should undergo cosmetic dentistry, that’s not to say that we can’t help an unhealthy mouth on the road to healthiness.