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Why More Men Are Embracing Cosmetic Dentistry in 2014

Most men aren’t born with the perfect smile, despite what Hollywood might like you to believe of its shining stars. George Clooney, Hugh Jackman, and Tom Cruise—all previous winners of People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” moniker—are just a few of many famous faces who have turned to cosmetic dentistry to round out their good looks. In the past few years, we’ve seen a growing number of men who have embraced all that cosmetic dentistry has to offer. Dr. Colin Lathrop, a cosmetic dentist in Katy, TX, explains your options.

How Do Men Benefit from Cosmetic Dentistry?

Several factors affect the appearance of your teeth. Taking certain antibiotics, such as tetracycline or doxycycline, can stain teeth, as can smoking, drinking coffee, and poor oral hygiene. Men are more likely to sustain dental injuries while working, playing sports, and enjoying the outdoors, and their risk of developing acid reflux is greater than that of women. When under stress, man also tend to clench their jaw and grind their teeth, weakening the enamel and making them more prone to chips and fractures.

Smile Enhancement for Men in Katy, TX

Then there are men like Brad Pitt, who visited his dentist to have his front teeth chipped for his role as Tyler Durden in Fight Club. Deliberately damaging your teeth isn’t a service we offer at our Katy, TX dentist office, but we do provide several cosmetic dentistry treatments:

PowerProx Six-month Braces: When Tom Cruise showed up on the red carpet with his tooth-colored braces, requests for the procedure skyrocketed. Unlike traditional metal braces that require up to 18 months to achieve the desired results, PowerProx takes only six months. Patients report that discomfort associated with this method is minimal, not to mention less conspicuous. Whether you’re a CEO or a stay-at-home dad, you’ll find that these nearly invisible braces allow you to smile confidently without compromising your professional, mature appearance.

Teeth Whitening: Studies reveal that people who have healthy, white teeth are perceived as more successful, satisfied, approachable, and self-confident by others. Dr. Lathrop offers two treatment options for patients whose teeth appear gray, yellow, or otherwise stained. Take-home teeth whitening kits deliver professional results in the comfort of your own home, brightening your teeth by as many as eight shades. The effects are gradual, with most patients achieving optimal whitening after using the system for 30 minutes daily for 1-2 weeks. For more resilient stains, Dr. Lathrop often recommends the KoR deep bleaching system, which consists of in-office and home whitening treatments.

Veneers: Porcelain veneers are the multi-taskers of dentistry, having both cosmetic and restorative purposes. On the cosmetic side, veneers are popular for their ability to tackle multiple flaws in the appearance of your teeth, such as gaps, cracks, chips, and stains that resist whitening methods. Veneers, which are capable of improving the shape, shade, and size of your teeth, offer unparalleled stain resistance and a luminous appearance that’s virtually indistinguishable from natural tooth enamel.

Questions about cosmetic dentistry? To learn more about smile makeovers in Katy, TX, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Colin Lathrop, contact our office at (832) 437-3849. We welcome patients living in Katy, Orchard, Weston Lakes, Fulshear, Simonton, and the surrounding areas.