Have you heard some "facts" about cosmetic dental services? Here, we set the record straight about some misconceptions.
Common Myths About Cosmetic Dental Procedures
Despite the value of cosmetic dental services, myths are common. Here, we look to clear some of them up.
1. Cosmetic dental procedures are solely cosmetic.
While these procedures are called "cosmetic," they can absolutely contribute to improving and restoring your oral health.
For example, while bonding can be used to improve your smile's appearance, it can also be used to protect exposed roots caused by receding gums. Covering those roots is key to restoring your gums and relieving your sensitivity.
Dental implants can both restore the appearance of your smile by filling gaps, but also serves a functional purpose of preventing surrounding teeth from shifting position, preventing further oral health issues.
2. Cosmetic dental services are expensive.
With recent advances in dental technology, cosmetic dental services have become less costly than they've been in the past. Some necessary cosmetic services – like crowns or implants – may even be covered.
3. Teeth whitening damages teeth.
When correctly performed under a dentist's supervision, teeth whitening is considered safe, with low risk of damaging your teeth. Your dentist will assess your dental health before the procedure to determine whether it can be safely and effectively performed.
4. Cosmetic dental procedures take a long time.
Using cosmetic dental technology, services can often fit your schedule and budget. Many procedures take only a single hour-or-two-long appointment to improve the appearance of your smile.
5. Cosmetic dental procedures are unnecessary.
Many procedures, from bonding to veneers, can fix long-term dental issues. But what is "necessary" for you is dependent on your oral health needs. If a procedure increases your confidence or quality of life, it may be necessary!
6. Cosmetic dental procedures are painful.
Dentists work to make every visit as comfortable as possible. Many cosmetic dental procedures are minimally invasive and cause little pain. Although your mouth may be sensitive after some procedures, this may quickly fade.
7. Your results won’t appear natural-looking.
Dentists use technology to help achieve natural-looking results for your smile. Whether you're interested in whitening, veneers or more, ask your dentist how they can help your achieve your goals.
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