People sometimes think of cosmetic dentistry as a secondary procedure. The truth is that an attractive smile is one of the most important functions of your teeth. It’s part of our normal greeting, and it can significantly impact your personal and professional relationships.
At Stephens & Gatewood Dentistry, our Houston cosmetic dentists take cosmetic dentistry so seriously that we believe all dentistry should be cosmetic. If dental treatments don’t improve–or at least maintain–the beauty of your smile, they aren’t truly successful.
Your smile impacts your ability to make a great first impression. People notice your smile immediately, and it’s what they’re most likely to remember after a first meeting: more likely than what you wore, more likely than how you smelled, even more likely than what you said.
An attractive smile gives you confidence. It lets you speak freely in public, smile when you’re happy, laugh when there’s something funny, and eat when you’re hungry. If you are worried about your smile, you might hesitate in these situations, or try to avoid them altogether.
Nor is cosmetic dentistry just about your appearance. A beautiful smile is a healthy smile. Straight teeth are less likely to trap food and are easier to clean. That’s why orthodontic treatment can reduce your risk of gum disease. Plus, white teeth show you have strong, healthy enamel, free from cavities.