In today's post, our Wetaskiwin dentists set the record straight about some common myths surrounding cosmetic dental procedures.
Common Myths About Cosmetic Dental Procedures
Despite their value, cosmetic dental procedures can have some negative myths surrounding them.
1. Cosmetic dental procedures are purely cosmetic.
While we may use the term 'cosmetic' to describe these procedures, in many ways they can absolutely contribute to helping improve or restore your oral health.
For example, while dental bonding can be used to improve the appearance of chipped or discoloured teeth, it can also be used to protect exposed tooth roots due to receding gums. Covering those roots is an integral step in restoring gum tissue – and helping relieve the gum sensitivity that often accompanies gum disease.
Dental implant surgery can help restore the appearance of your smile by filling the gaps left by missing teeth, but it also serves a very real functional purpose: implants help prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting out of position into the gap and can help you maintain your facial structure.
2. Cosmetic dental services are expensive.
Thanks to advances in dental technology and science in recent years, cosmetic dental services have become somewhat less costly than they once were. Cosmetic dental services that are deemed necessary for your oral health – such as crowns or dental implants – may even be covered by your insurance.
3. Teeth whitening damages teeth.
When done correctly and under the supervision of your dentist, teeth whitening is a safe and effective procedure that carries minimal risk. Your dentist will evaluate your dental health before a whitening treatment to determine whether it is a suitable treatment for your unique smile.
4. Cosmetic dental procedures take a long time.
With today’s cosmetic dental technology, many cosmetic dental procedures take just an hour or two. This means, in some cases, you can change the appearance of your smile significantly with just one appointment.
5. Cosmetic dental procedures are unnecessary.
Many cosmetic dental procedures, from veneers to bonding, can be used to fix long-standing dental issues. But what is 'necessary' for you depends not only on your dental health. If a cosmetic dental procedure might help increase your self-confidence and thereby your quality of life, it may indeed be necessary.
6. Cosmetic dental procedures are painful.
Our dentists strive to make every appointment as comfortable as possible. Many cosmetic procedures are minimally invasive and involve very little pain for the patient. Though some procedures can cause minor pain or discomfort, the sensation is usually short-lived and can be relieved by ice or over-the-counter pain medication.
7. Your results won’t appear natural-looking.
At Park Square Dental, we stay abreast of changes in dental technology and processes to help us achieve the most natural-looking results we can for your smile. Whether you are looking into teeth whitening, veneers or another cosmetic dental procedure, ask us how we can help you reach your smile goals.