Dentistry is a unique medical science, in that most treatments and procedures are preventative in nature, intended to head off problems before they develop. Regular cleanings and fluoride treatments can go a long way toward helping a patient avoid oral health problems. Cosmetic dentistry may seem at first to be a break with that idea, as cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of the patient’s teeth rather than just their health. However, there’s more to cosmetic dentistry than just aesthetics and appearance—cosmetic treatments can improve both the patient’s oral health and their overall well-being.
So what makes cosmetic dentistry worth it?
- Cosmetic dentistry can help boost your confidence, self-esteem, and sense of self-worth. So many first impressions, so much nonverbal communication, so many small interactions depend on a bright, friendly smile. Cosmetic dentistry can help preserve or restore your smile via a number of procedures including tooth whitening, dental veneers, or orthodontic realignment. These treatments, among others, can do a lot for a person’s overall self-image and make interacting with the world less stressful and more enjoyable.
- In addition to the aesthetic benefits, cosmetic dentistry can help repair and prevent problems. It’s not all about looks; correcting misaligned teeth, repairing damaged enamel, or preventing teeth grinding can all help a patient avoid long-term, serious problems that might result from those conditions. Even something as simple as a teeth whitening procedure can make teeth easier to clean even as it improves their appearance.
- In more serious cases, cosmetic dentistry can restore function and allow the patient to re-engage with a number of daily activities their oral health issues may have limited. A good example is a role played by dental implants. Implants are artificial teeth that have been implanted in the jaw and gum and thus function almost exactly like natural teeth. Designed to last a lifetime, they require no more cleaning and maintenance than a natural tooth does. And they can work wonders for a patient’s health and well-being. An implant, or for that matter a bridge or crown, can repair or replace a damaged tooth and allow the patient to eat, speak, and perform other activities that a missing tooth may have curtailed.
- Cosmetic dentistry gives patients control and options. With many possible procedures intended to address a wide variety of issues, cosmetic dentistry gives patients choices regarding their oral health, their appearance, and their future. It’s a powerful tool, impacting many aspects of a patient’s life and well-being. The right cosmetic dental procedure can change life, and that’s not to be discounted.
To sum up, cosmetic dentistry is about way more than the cosmetic and the aesthetic. It plays a complex role in oral health, both preventing and treating dental issues while improving the lives, careers, and self-confidence of the patients who receive cosmetic dental treatments. At Burgiss DDS, we’ll help you find the right treatment for you, whether it be a cosmetic procedure or something a bit more conventional. Get in touch and make an appointment today and let’s take the next step in advancing your oral health.