Mummy says …. The name ‘cosmetic dentistry’ can be misleading; many people think cosmetic procedures are non-essential or just a superficial fixes, but in reality cosmetic dentistry makes teeth look better, and can also have positive effects on your overall dental health.
For some people, poor dental health is a vicious cycle; they are discouraged by the appearance of their teeth, so don’t put effort into dental care or treatment, but because they don’t invest in their oral hygiene, the appearance of their teeth never improves. In cases where people may feel hopeless, cosmetic dentistry procedures can be the catalyst that makes them take charge of their dental health.
Once their teeth look better, they may be more inclined to pursue dental procedures, and put more effort into their oral health routine.
But the benefits of cosmetic dentistry aren’t just psychological.
Benefits of Veneers
Veneers are a common cosmetic procedure, but did you know they also have a functional purpose? Veneers can correct minor bite issues by changing the shape and placement of the teeth (but they are not a solution to severe overbites or under bites). Veneers can also strengthen teeth that have been chipped, cracked, or have experienced minor loss of enamel.
Perhaps most importantly, they can be used to close spaces between teeth, which prevent food and other objects from getting lodged in the gaps and causing plaque, bacteria, and infections.
Benefits of Implants
Dental implants are built to look, feel, and act like real teeth in the event of tooth loss. While their primary benefit is to improve the persons physical appearance, implants also stimulate bone growth in the jaw. If the tooth isn’t replaced and a gap is left, the jawbone has nothing to support, leading to deterioration and bone loss.
Implants are the only restorative treatment to naturally integrate with the jawbone, creating natural bone stimulation and growth.
Benefits of Braces
Invisalign products (a more attractive alternative to traditional braces) straddle the line between cosmetic and functional dentistry, as they have many benefits. A skilled cosmetic dentist will design a treatment plan that aims to improve both the appearance and function of teeth. While their primary objective is to straighten and move teeth so that they look better, Invisalign treatment also produces proper alignment, which facilitates a healthy bite.
This is an ideal treatment option to correct severe overbites and under bites, which can lead to long-term health problems such as headaches or speech impediments. Invisalign products can also help with overcrowding, which is caused by too many teeth being crammed into too small a space.
While treatment objectives vary from patient to patient, you can see how cosmetic dentistry can be used to solve many dental health problems. An experienced professional can provide a comprehensive treatment plan that takes into consideration improving the structure and health of your teeth, as well as their physical appearance.
Have you had any cosmetic dentistry work done? Or would you consider it?