Thanks to Hollywood and the emergence of the “perfect smile”, more people are opting for cosmetic dentistry to whiten up their smile, straighten their teeth and correct gaps or a chipped tooth. Straight teeth and bright smiles have become the social norm in the United States. Since a person’s smile is one of the first things people notice, and often judge, when they meet someone, crooked or discolored teeth often puts one at a disadvantage in social settings, job interviews and more. So what do you do if you weren’t blessed with a naturally straight, white smile? Cosmetic dentistry might be for you. While cosmetic dentistry can be pricey, it can also be worth it. And with new technology, you can often avoid old school techniques which, if we are being honest, are one of the main reasons adults decide against things like braces. Well there is good news for those of you who think braces are only for your teenager. If you have slightly crooked teeth, there is a new kind of braces in town. Once the topic of unkind names like “metal mouth”, braces have been reinvented and you can now straighten your teeth with nearly invisible braces called Invisalign. For minor crookedness (no jaw misalignment or other severe corrections), Invisalign straightens teeth using a custom-made series of clear plastic aligners that you simply wear over your teeth. The aligners gradually and gently shift your teeth in place. With no metal brackets and no wires to tighten, Invisalign can help straighten your teeth without the pesky side effects of braces giving you the confident smile you deserve. Veneers are also all the rage in Hollywood. A veneer is a thin, long-lasting overlay that is placed on the surface of your original tooth. Veneers can be used to whiten yellow teeth, reshape teeth or cover damaged teeth. Veneers can be made of a variety of materials. What material you choose will depend on the look, the longevity, and, more often than not, the price. You will pay per tooth and as you can probably guess, the price can add up quickly. But don’t let the price scare you away from talking to your dentist about veneers. If you are able to get the picture perfect smile you have always wanted, the confidence you will receive is priceless. The moral of this story is that people are now going to great lengths to get a Hollywood smile. The materialization of these products only goes to show how important people regard their smiles. Keep your teeth healthy by brushing and flossing twice a day and seeing your dentist regularly, and whether your smile is all natural or it had a little help, you will be ready to flash your grin for any camera!