Before plastic surgery, consider this first.

No one wants to admit this, so I’ll admit it for you: the desire to look good on demand is more vital than ever. Selfies come to mind, but so do even more important things, like job interviews, first dates, social media profiles, and even client meetings. For most of the people I work with, looking good is actually part of the job. Look here to understand the essence of this information. And Photoshop – miracle that it is –only goes so far; it cannot help you in real life. As a result, I’m seeing a lot of panicked faces rushing to the plastic
surgeon, and, in many cases – as I’m sure you see too — the results are less than stellar.

Here’s one simple thing I always recommend to my clients before you do anything rash: upgrade your smile.

Work on your smile and your entire look will improve, and, in many cases, it will keep you from having to pursue any further elective surgery. A good smile instantly gives you a fresh face, with the look of youthfulness, and – excuse the pun — more polished. Everywhere you go, people will see that– wow! — your teeth are incredible: straight, white, even and
fresh! I often say, “You want to go from 0 to 100? Tune
up your teeth.” Here are some stats I found from a survey conducted by The Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry:

  • 99.7% of adults believe a smile is an important social asset.
  • 96% of adults believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to members of the opposite sex.
  • Almost three quarters (74%) of adults feel an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chance for career success.

Let’s drill down to three distinct procedures you can consider to improve your smile (of course, talk to your cosmetic dentist for the options that are best for you):

Teeth whitening. This may be the simplest process of all,
which normally consists of special bleaches that break stains
down and force the yellow color to become less concentrated. As a result, your teeth become brighter. Note that not all whitening works on all kinds of teeth – it’s best for yellowing teeth, but often gray or darker teeth have a more difficult time with the procedure. There are usually two types of whitening treatment: the kind you can get done right in the
dental office, and the kind you do yourself, at home, with over-the- counter products. I definitely recommend that you opt for a cosmetic dentist for your whitening procedure. The best professional office visits can brighten your teeth up to 10 shades in about an hour! (PS- Crest Whitestrips work WONDERS!!!!)

Veneers. These are thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth (think of your teeth getting laminated). They also provide strength and resilience to your existing teeth. Veneers are often a great solution for teeth that are discolored, worn down, chipped or broken. They also improve teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or have gaps between them. Veneers differ greatly among wearers, so consult with your cosmetic dentist for a smile analysis and an inspirational sneak peek through cosmetic imaging.

Caps. The more technical name for this is “dental crown,” which is placed over a tooth to restore its shape and size, as well as its strength. Of course, it also greatly improves appearance. Crowns are actually cemented into place, and totally encase the visible area of the tooth. This is a very work-intensive process, and could be expensive, so have a
conversation with your cosmetic dentist first.

The results: a great first impression, without you even
having to speak!

When I see a bad dental job, here’s what I see: a puffy look on face’s profile, a sense that the person can’t close her mouth.

The best way to find a good cosmetic dentist: referrals. Definitely ask around and find someone who specializes in cosmetic dental work. It’s an art form that requires a special, skilled hand. A cosmetic dentist is usually not your day-to- day dentist, so make sure you confirm the “cosmetic” part.

We’re only just getting started – more beauty advice to come!