A smile is a form of communication that can transcend ages, languages and cultures. A great smile can be a sign of friendliness, honesty and integrity. It can also make us more attractive to those around us. Unfortunately, very few of us are happy with every aspect of our smile. Whether it is discoloration or damage, overbites or crooked teeth that are getting us down, the effect on our confidence and self-esteem can be immense. Smiling with a closed mouth is very common when someone is unhappy with their teeth, but people may also cover their mouth with their hand while speaking or avoid eating in public.
Fortunately, we live in an age where it is no longer necessary to be unhappy with any aspect of our appearance, including our smile. Cosmetic dentistry enables us to transform the things about our teeth that we dislike the most and enjoy a smile that we can be truly happy with.
Although we may brush and floss regularly to try and protect the health and appearance of our teeth, virtually all of us will experience some degree of decay at some point during our life time. Tooth decay refers to the destruction of the enamel, which is the hard layer on the outside of your teeth.
Do you wish your smile was a little whiter and brighter? If so, you are one of millions of Americans who feel the same. The media ensures that we are surrounded by images of successful, attractive and wealthy individuals, most of whom have seemingly perfectly straight and pearly smiles.
If your smile is straight and white, at face value, you might think your teeth are strong and healthy. Unfortunately, weak enamel can plague your smile without discoloring your teeth. Enamel is the outermost layer of your teeth. It is the area of the tooth covering the crown, which is the part that is seen outside of the gums.