Most studies show that the physical attribute that people notice first and remember the most when they meet someone new is their smile. The benefits of having a nice smile are clear - improved appearance, better self-esteem, improved personal and professional relationships.
There are many options today to improve someone’s smile - tooth whitening, orthodontics, bonding, veneers, crowns, recontouring teeth, gum reshaping, and combinations of each of them. The best choice is always the most conservative one that will achieve the desired result that also minimizes the need for future treatment.
The first thing that many patients looking to improve their smile think of are veneers because they read about them in the magazines and see the pictures of the movie stars with beautiful white teeth - that this option while expensive will give them the smile that they’ve always wanted - veneers oftentimes are in fact the least desirable option for many patients; particularly for a young patient. Veneers are a great option for the right patient - but with veneers, the outer surface of the tooth needs to be reduced and this option usually involves multiple teeth - once completed, the patient unfortunately can oftentimes be on the path to a lifetime of ongoing future treatment. Having veneers placed without the preparation of the teeth generally will result in a bulky non-aesthetic smile.
The starting point for someone looking to improve their smile would be having a detailed examination looking at close-up images of the existing smile using dental photography and analyzing the bite relationship using models and three dimensional digital scans to determine which option would be the right one for you. If you’re looking to improve your smile, there is no better time to do this for yourself than now.