You probably understand the importance of having a healthy smile, but ensuring your smile is appealing should also be a priority. A healthy and appealing smile will make a great first impression on others. In addition, a great smile can improve your emotional wellness by increasing your self-esteem.
Thankfully, the various options available in cosmetic dentistry can help improve or enhance your smile. Unfortunately, you may not think these services are options for various reasons. By learning the truth behind these common myths, you will see the benefits of cosmetic dentistry.
- Cosmetic Dentistry Is Not Necessary Since Teeth Are Already White
If you believe your teeth are already clean and white, you may think you do not need cosmetic dentistry services. However, cosmetic dentistry involves a lot more than just whitening your teeth.
If you have one or more missing teeth, dental implants may be an option for you. Most people are surprised to learn restoring the smile with implants is a part of cosmetic dentistry even though implants benefit your appearance and the underlying health of your smile.
If you have abnormally sized or misaligned teeth, consider porcelain veneers that dentists place over your existing teeth. Veneers restore your smile to a more attractive state as well.
Also, bonding is a type of cosmetic dentistry service. If you have slight decay or small chips in the tooth, composite materials can restore the tooth back its original appearance.
Even if your teeth are already white, you may still benefit from one or more cosmetic dentistry services.
- Cosmetic Dentistry Is Too Expensive
Another common myth you may believe is that cosmetic dentistry is too expensive. This myth is even more common with patients who feel the cost is not worth the finished product, but remember that you should consider having a healthy and appealing smile an investment for your physical and emotional health.
If you have dental insurance, it may cover certain cosmetic services under your policy. Since each policy is different, you should contact your dental insurance company for more information.
In most cases, dental insurance will cover all of or a portion of the cost if the cosmetic service will restore a tooth’s structure and improve your oral health.
- Cosmetic Dentistry Creates an Unnatural-Looking Smile
If you avoid cosmetic dentistry because you are worried about having an unnatural-looking smile, you are not alone. This is a common reason why many people decline any type of improvement to their smile’s appearance.
Teeth whitening treatments can be beneficial for cleaning, whitening, and brightening your smile. However, excessive whitening can lead to dental erosion due to the bleaching products used. Remember to use whitening in moderation to avoid any erosion and future dental issues.
Plus, many patients will bleach their teeth to a white color that is unnaturally white and bright. Avoid whitening your teeth past the point where they are whiter than the white color of your eyes.
With effective and careful teeth whitening, this ensures your teeth will be white and bright in a natural manner.
- DIY Cosmetic Dentistry Is Just as Effective
Lastly, you may believe DIY products are just as effective as professional services, but again, this is a myth.
Many products in stores can clean and whiten your teeth. You can use one or more of the different whitening toothpastes, rinses, strips, and bleaching kits sold in stores to whiten and brighten your smile, but these products are not meant to be as effective as professional dental services.
If you have misaligned teeth, you may invest in DIY braces sold in kits. While some people have seen improvement, most DIY braces can actually cause damage to the bones and gum tissue.
Before attempting any type of DIY product or treatment, consult your dentist.
To learn more about cosmetic dentistry or to schedule an appointment, contact Crest Hill Family Dental.