Cosmetic dentistry includes a variety of products and procedures. Teeth whitening, dental veneers and bonding, inlays and onlays, these are just a few of the ways dentists improve the lives of patients through cosmetic dentistry.
What is cosmetic dentistry?
The term cosmetic may be a bit misleading. It suggests to some that these types of treatments and products are superficial in nature. It’s true that having whiter teeth won’t improve your ability to chew. However, it is also true that having a great smile makes you look and feel better. Having a chipped tooth may not be an immediate health concern, but dental bonding improves the way you look. We may only think of cosmetic in terms of appearance, but there are many great benefits to cosmetic dentistry.
1. Improved appearance
Of course, looking better does have its advantages. An improved appearance makes us feel better about ourselves. This has many benefits, from the way we interact with others to our own feelings of self-worth. If having stained and discolored teeth prevents us from smiling then it makes sense that dental veneers and teeth whitening solves that problem. There is the saying that you never get a second chance at a first impression. The ability to show our full smiles when we meet someone, whether at a job interview or a first date, can’t be understated.
2. Improved self-confidence
The benefits of improved self-confidence aren’t easy to measure. Our self-esteem impacts every aspect of our lives, from our personal relationships to our professional careers. We want to smile on the inside, but we want that smile to be reflected on the outside as well. Cosmetic dentistry treatments, like dental bonding, improves the appearance of chipped or cracked teeth which in turn improves self-confidence.
3. Improved diet
Having a tooth missing makes it difficult to chew some types of food. Having several missing teeth greatly impacts the way we eat. An uneven bite may prevent us from chewing properly which makes digestion more difficult. Dental problems that seem minor can impact our entire daily food intake. A healthy diet not only improves physical health, but mental health as well. Cosmetic dentistry treatments, like inlays and onlays, help strengthen bites to improve our ability to chew food.
4. Improved dental health
Cosmetic dentistry improves our appearance but also protects against future dental issues. Dental crowns keep damaged teeth from further deterioration. Dental implants prevent damage to gums and bone. Cosmetic dentistry, along with proper dental hygiene and regular dental checkups, improves overall oral health.
5. Improved financial outlook
Preventive dental care is about avoiding future problems. As an added bonus, avoiding expensive dental procedures saves money. Dental implants protect bone and gum tissue and prevents teeth from shifting. Left unchecked, this may lead to bigger problems.
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Our professional dentistry partners at University Dental Associates are experts in all aspects of cosmetic dentistry. We offer advice on ways to improve your smile. We also specialize in exams, cleanings, tooth extraction and repair, tooth replacement, and restoration. Schedule an appointment online today or call us at 708-304-8406.