Cosmetic dentistry is the term used to describe dental treatments that are primarily carried out with the intention of improving the aesthetic appearance of the teeth. Although cosmetic enhancements are the main focus, many also have functional advantages for the strength of your teeth and the health of your smile. This helps to make them a versatile and popular choice amongst patients seeking to enhance the attractiveness of their smiles.
If you are unhappy with the way that your smile looks, here are the top 5 benefits you can enjoy if you opt for cosmetic dentistry to transform your teeth.
Unsurprisingly, being unhappy with any aspect of your appearance can negatively impact your confidence and self-esteem. When you choose to improve the elements of your teeth that cause you the most concern, you can turn this problem on its head and achieve a smile that leaves you feeling full of confidence and help you to get ahead in your personal and professional endeavors.
Some dental issues that appear cosmetic can also have an impact on your oral health. For example, cracked teeth are more likely to develop decay or become infected and can even cause issues such as headaches and jaw pain. Meanwhile, crooked, twisted or overlapping teeth are more likely to develop decay in the crevices that a toothbrush cannot reach, putting you at a greater risk of developing gum disease. By choosing certain cosmetic dentistry treatments such as Invisalign clear aligners or braces, porcelain veneers, and crowns, you are taking positive steps to protect your long-term oral health.
Many people have the misconception that dental treatments – whether functional or cosmetic – are going to be painful, invasive, and complicated. However, modern dental treatments are now easier to perform than ever before, with shorter recovery times that have minimal side effects. Some – like dental bonding - don’t require patients to take any time off to recover whatsoever!
Many cosmetic dentists are now using digital photography and computer programs to help patients design their own smile. You can take an image of how your teeth look now and see what they would look like if you choose to have the treatments being recommended. This is particularly popular for patients who have orthodontic issues and are considering Invisalign to improve the alignment of their teeth and potentially, their bite. It is much easier to plan your smile makeover when you can see how your teeth are likely to look after treatment.
Who doesn’t want to shave a few years off of their age? Well, you can certainly turn back the clock a little thanks to cosmetic dentistry. As we get older, it is normal for tooth enamel to become discolored and the appearance of our teeth to darken. It is also fairly normal to lose teeth as we age, and because teeth form the underlying structure for the cheeks and lips, when teeth are missing, the facial features can lose some of their natural definition, creating an older appearance. Restoring your teeth and brightening the color of your smile can help you to look younger than before.
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