False Teeth - Making the Right Choices

How To Get A Realistic, Yet Fantastic Looking Smile

Americans like white teeth.  In fact, 80% of Americans between 18 and 49 want whiter teeth.  Furthermore, each year, an estimated $1.4 billion is spent on over-the-counter teeth whitening products.  However, how white is too white?  Did you know over-bleaching can actually damage your pearly whites?  Furthermore, slightly flawed teeth can make it look as if your chompers haven't had any cosmetic dentistry work at all.  Here are a few tips to help you get a realistic, yet fantastic smile.

Imperfect Veneers

Once upon a time, bright white veneers were trendy. However, now more and more people are asking for natural looking veneers, otherwise known as thin pieces of porcelain created to cover the front of your teeth.  To make your teeth look more natural, you can ask for your veneers to be slightly discolored near the gumline.  Dental ceramists can also add grooves so the porcelain doesn't look too smooth.  These subtle imperfections will allow your newly improved smile to look more realistic.  

Not Too White

Whitening is a great way to help your teeth look brighter.  However, make sure you don't go too white.  After all, if you whiten your teeth too much, you could cause your gums to recede, make your teeth look darker, or wear away your enamel.  For this reason, when deciding on a shade to whiten your teeth, consider a color that matches the whites of your eyes.  In addition, even if you simply want to use an over-the-counter whitening system, you should always consult a professional dentist.

If you are considering dental implants, you want to make sure your implants complement your existing teeth, especially the ones adjacent to your implants.  Remember that all your teeth aren't the same color.  In fact, eye teeth are usually the darkest, while front teeth are the lightest, and your molars are somewhere in between.  If you want an overall brighter smile, you'll want to whiten your existing teeth before getting your dental implants.  

A Matter of Symmetry

In order to be aesthetically pleasing, your entire smile doesn't have to be perfectly symmetrical.  However, it is important for the two upper front teeth to be symmetrical in size, length and shape.  At the same time, subtle differences in symmetry in your other teeth can give your smile character.

With all the advances in cosmetic dentistry, it's easy for you to customize your smile so that it is imperfectly perfect. To learn more about dental implants, visit http://www.yourhealthygums.com