How can you benefit from cosmetic dentistry? This question will obviously be dependent on your personal situation, your teeth, your oral health, and your dentist. However, in general the benefits of cosmetic dentistry include:
Improved smile: Common cosmetic procedures include porcelain veneers, tooth whitening, dental crowns, tooth or dental bonding, invisible braces and mercury-free white fillings. All of these procedures have one main goal, to make your smile look better. They do this in a variety of ways including masking discolorations, whitening teeth and/or reshaping a smile. So, while this is an obvious benefit, it is also probably the biggest.
Pride: If you are one of the many people who hide their smile because you are ashamed of your imperfect teeth, you are not alone. One of the benefits of cosmetic dentistry is that there have been many technological breakthroughs that have made a beautiful smile more realistic and affordable for average Americans. Which means, you no longer have to be ashamed of your smile, but instead can be proud of your lovely teeth.
Confidence: Having a great smile can give you the confidence to meet new people, get a job, get a raise, talk to a stranger, start a business, try out for a team, etc. Confidence can benefit you in many ways, and it is amazing how much your physical appearance can help boost your levels of confidence. If you struggle with low confidence, or if you worry what people think of you because of your teeth, one huge benefit of cosmetic dentistry is the ability to have a confident beautiful smile that will get you places.
Functionality: Cosmetic dentistry can not only beautify your smile, but can also be used to align teeth and improve their functionality. If you are missing a tooth, or your bite is off, cosmetic dentistry could be the answer. Braces are not always simply for straighter smiles, but are often for making your mouth more efficient at masticating food. Braces are considered a form of cosmetic dentistry.
Immediate results: cosmetic dentistry gives you immediate results. If you get an implant, you will have a recovery period, but you aren’t waiting for a new tooth to grow in. If you get your teeth whitened, you do not have to wait for the sparkle, it is immediate. You can drastically improve your smile in a matter of a few hours. This is honestly a huge benefit of cosmetic dentistry.
Strengthen teeth: different forms of cosmetic dentistry, including bonding, can be used to replace tooth structure that has chipped or broken off, or to repair damage caused by tooth decay. So, while some forms of cosmetic dentistry are solely for the sake of improve appearance, other forms actually strengthen the tooth.
Cosmetic dentistry has many benefits, not all of which apply to every person, but all of which are valuable to someone, and could be to you. There are several cosmetic dentistry techniques that are commonly used, each with its own advantages, so talk to your dentist about your needs, the benefits you would like, and which form of cosmetic dentistry would best suit you.