As a population, the way that we look has never been of greater importance. Our obsession with appearance can also affect our self-worth and self-confidence, with people who are less than impressed with the way they look often feeling shy, antisocial and even clinically depressed.
Technology is helping to make it easier to alter our appearance, such as using filter apps on pictures taken with our smartphones. Perfecting a flattering pose for a selfie can bring compliments in the social world. However, in real life, there are no filters or magic lighting.
Teeth are often cited as one of the aspects of our physical appearance that we would most like to change. Our teeth are also a central feature on our face, and almost impossible to hide unless we refuse to talk, eat and smile.
Thankfully, technology has also provided a new treatment that can transform even the most unsightly teeth and help patients feel confident about their appearance once again. The solution? Dental implants.
Dental implants are a revolutionary solution that is both functional and cosmetic. Each implant is designed to look, feel and function just like a natural tooth.
Implants are comprised of three parts:
A titanium post. This post is inserted into the jawbone at the point where the implant is to be located. It then fuses with the bone in a process known as osseointegration and forms a strong and secure anchor for the rest of the implant.
An abutment. This connects the titanium post to the visible part of the implant.
A porcelain crown. The crown acts as the visible part of the implant and looks just like a natural tooth.
Dental implants have become the premier choice of patients looking to improve their appearance. This is largely because of the unique range of advantages that they have over other cosmetic dental procedures.
One of the biggest benefits of dental implants is that they provide the ultimate discretion. They can be color-matched to existing teeth, or in the case of a full set of dental implants, created in your desired shade to help you achieve a bright, white and beautiful smile.
They also look completely natural, meaning that no one need ever know that they aren’t the teeth that you were born with.
Our natural teeth are rarely of a uniform shape and size. However, dental implants are designed to fit the specific needs of each patient. This means that they can be created to address any irregularities with the shape and size of your teeth and make your smile appear straighter and evener.
Another great feature of dental implants is their permanence. Dentures often need to be removed to eat certain foods and are well known for slipping and moving around in the mouth when the wearer speaks. This can cause a great deal of embarrassment. In contrast, dental implants are a permanent solution that will not draw any uncomfortable attention, and again, look just like natural teeth.
While dental implants can be a significant investment, they are certainly one that is well worth making. With care and attention, they can last an entire lifetime. Whatever your reason for disliking your smile, dental implants can improve your appearance and your confidence.
To find out more about how dental implants can change your life, make an appointment with a board-certified cosmetic dentist today.