Makeup can make you look younger, fresher, and more contoured. Redness, blemishes, dark circles, age, spots, and even some wrinkles can disappear or at least fade with carefully and strategically applied makeup. If your teeth look old, discolored, or otherwise imperfect, however, even the most experienced makeup artist can’t conceal the obvious. The only way to truly hide a worn-out teeth is to fix it, permanently.
Lipstick Isn’t Everything
Some women swear by a good red lip. They find just the color that is flattering for them and make that ruby or scarlet or poppy work their signature shade, just like singer Gwen Stefani. Many people have discovered the pleasant side effect of the right red lipstick – whiter-looking teeth.
When you select a red lipstick that has blue undertones, the effect can make you look like you have whiter teeth. This optical illusion will only last so long – what do you do after dinner or passionate kisses. What do you do with the appearance of your teeth when the occasion simply doesn’t call for a bright red lip? What do you do when you select the wrong shade of red and it makes your teeth look yellow rather than white?
Teeth whitening keeps your teeth looking bright and beautiful, lipstick or no lipstick. One-hour in-office teeth whitening transforms your smile quickly so you can get to whatever you’re going to with a brighter, more beautiful smile. Take-home whitening trays allow you to work on your whitening at your leisure. Keep the red lipstick, but don’t make it the only weapon in your arsenal.
Lipstick Still Isn’t Everything
Plump lips will never go out of style, especially for women who are fighting aging and the loss of collagen. There are lip plumping glosses that manufacturers promise will give you a puffier pout but, just like red lipstick, this magic wears off after a few drinks.
Plus, plumping glosses don’t feel that great. Ingredients like menthol are used in glosses to irritate the lips and make the skin tingle. While it might feel like your lips are swollen, the visible effects aren’t always that obvious.
Porcelain veneers, however, are a permanent boost to your lips. Veneers are customized to each patient in shape and size. Though they’re super-thin, the fact that veneers sit on top of natural teeth automatically pushes the lips out a bit. Fine lines around the mouth can also be diminished a bit and, let’s face it, if people have beautiful teeth grabbing their attention, they won’t notice anything unflattering surrounding your smile.
Cosmetic Dentistry Is Different Than Cosmetics
Artfully applied makeup is amazing. Whether you’ve watched enough YouTube videos to teach yourself how to contour or you have a talented makeup artist in your back pocket, your face can look flawless with just the right techniques. Even the most carefully done makeup, however, cannot hide worn-out teeth.
Cosmetic dentistry is your route to a perfect smile that will complement your appearance, make you look younger, and give you that VIP look you want to capture. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Michael J. Wei at his Madison Avenue cosmetic dentistry office in Midtown. No makeup necessary.