Tax season is right around the corner, and if you are like so many other people, you’ve already started thinking about how you’ll use your return. While you may be considering a trip to the beach this summer or putting it toward a new car, why not finally make some changes to your smile? Whether years of early morning coffees have left your teeth stained, or you’re tired of your pearly whites looking crooked, a cosmetic dentist in Hampton explains why investing in your smile might just be the ideal way to spend that incoming check. 

How Can Your Smile Boost Your Confidence?

Having a smile that is healthy and beautiful can do wonders for your self-esteem. It’s often the first thing people notice, which is why it can play a major role in how you perceive yourself. From being effective in your job to securing a date with the guy you met at your friend’s party last weekend, your smile can either help or hurt you.

But by choosing to do something about the flaws that exist on your teeth, you are making a wise and positive investment that will prove beneficial in your day-to-day life.

What Types of Cosmetic Dentistry are Available?

Depending on your individual needs, there are many cosmetic dentistry solutions available. During your initial consultation with your dentist, the two of you will discuss what problems you want to fix and how best to achieve your dream smile. Some possible treatment options include:

Porcelain Veneers

These ultra-thin coverings are designed to create a natural look while covering imperfections. Fitting snugly over the front of your teeth, veneers are custom-made to match your desired color, size, and shape. They are versatile in that they can cover stains, discoloration, gaps, misshapen or crooked teeth, and chipped or cracked teeth. With proper care, veneers can last 15+ years.


Invisalign in Hampton are clear aligners used to straighten crooked teeth, eliminate unnecessary spaces between teeth, and improve bite alignment issues. If your dentist deems you eligible for Invisalign, you will be expected to wear your customized trays for 22 hours each day and swap them out every two weeks for a new set. Much faster than traditional metal braces, you can be finished with treatment in as little as 8-18 months.

Metal-Free Dental Restorations

Whether you have a cavity that needs a filling or a tooth that is severely damaged and in need of a dental crown, metal-free dental restorations make it possible to fix the problem without compromising the look of your smile. Using biocompatible and hypoallergenic materials, these tooth-colored fillings and crowns blend in with your smile, making it impossible for anyone to tell you’ve had work done.

Dental Bonding

If you’re looking to save money and improve your smile, dental bonding might just be the solution for you. Instead of requiring two visits like porcelain veneers, this alternative requires only one visit and is quick and easy. Your dentist will use a composite resin that is matched to your natural tooth color and place it directly onto the tooth enamel, sculpting it to cover the imperfection you want to hide. No anesthetic is necessary, and you’ll see dramatic results in about an hour.

Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening produces longer-lasting results than over-the-counter products. Whether you want in-practice treatment with Zoom! Whitening that can deliver results in as little as an hour or a take-home kit that will have you seeing a whiter smile in two weeks, you can choose the option that works best for you.

While you have many options on how best to use your tax return, put it toward the one thing that will work to improve all areas of your life – your smile.

About the Author
Dr. Harbpinder Shevchenko earned her Bachelor of Dental Surgery in India in 2003 before going on to achieve her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine in 2009. Passionate about her patient’s smiles, she is pleased to offer cosmetic dentistry as a way to improve aesthetics and boost confidence levels. From porcelain veneers to Invisalign, find out how Dr. Harbpinder and her team can help you achieve a showstopping smile by contacting us at (603) 319-4415.