Many people are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth and since smiles are one of our most noticeable features, this can be a real issue. There are many different issues with our teeth that can cause us to feel self-conscious or even embarrassed about the way they look, but fortunately, there are treatments that can transform your smile. These are known as cosmetic dentistry treatments.
How do you know if cosmetic dentistry is right for you? Let’s take a look at some of the primary reasons why you should consider cosmetic dentistry to improve and enhance the appearance of your smile.
No matter what it is about the appearance of your teeth that is causing your unhappiness, there is a cosmetic procedure that can address it. The most common reason why people choose cosmetic dentistry is that they wish to alter something about the way that their teeth look. This could include:
Staining or discoloration
Gaps between the teeth
Eroded or undersized teeth
Crooked, overlapping or twisted teeth
Amalgam fillings that are obvious when you open your mouth to talk or smile
Chips, cracks, and other minor cosmetic defects
Overbites, underbites, and other bite-related issues
Your cosmetic dentist can advise you on precisely which treatment would be most effective for addressing your concerns and in the event that several treatments are needed, they can be combined into a unique cosmetic treatment plan.
For some people who are anxious or fearful of the dentist, the thought of voluntarily undergoing a dental procedure can seem absurd. However, modern dental treatments including those of the cosmetic variety are much more tolerable than ever before – particularly as some of them, like whitening and bonding, are completely non-invasive. If you do opt for a procedure that requires anesthetic, there may be several options available to you, including sedation to help make the process even more comfortable. Your cosmetic dentist will be able to answer any questions you may have.
While cosmetic dentistry might be focused on improving the physical appearance of your teeth, it can also be beneficial for your oral and even your overall health. This is because some of the cosmetic dentistry treatments that are used also have functional benefits – such as dental crowns and porcelain veneers. Treatments like these can actually strengthen your teeth and add an extra layer of protection to them, potentially preventing issues with damage and decay in the future.
If you have invested in cosmetic dental treatment, studies also show that you are more likely to make additional efforts in maintaining the appearance of your smile through enhanced brushing, flossing and attending regular visits with your dentist, which will also support your dental health.
Poor dental hygiene has been shown to be a contributing factor in many general health conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, Alzheimer’s disease and more. So, by paying careful attention to your dental health, you may potentially also avoid chronic and even life-threatening illnesses.
Another misconception about cosmetic dentistry is that it is extremely expensive and unaffordable for many people. Again, this isn’t the case. Modern cosmetic dentistry treatments are more affordable than ever before. Many practices offer a variety of payment methods including payment plans that enable you to spread out the cost of your treatment. Just remember, the cheapest cosmetic dentists are not necessarily the best at what they do. Therefore, we recommend that you choose your professional carefully and opt for the best that you can afford.
If you would like more information about cosmetic dentistry, please call today to speak with our experienced team.