Have you heard some 'facts' about cosmetic dental services that you consider doubtful? Our Brooklyn dentists set the record straight about some common misconceptions.
Common Myths About Cosmetic Dental Procedures
Despite the value of cosmetic dental procedures, some common myths abound. Today, we want to clear some of them up.
1. Cosmetic dental procedures are purely cosmetic.
While we may use the term 'cosmetic' to describe these procedures, in many ways they can absolutely contribute to helping improve or restore your oral health.
Dental bonding, for instance, can be used to cover exposed tooth roots caused by receding gums as well as to conceal chipped or discoloured teeth. In order to restore gum tissue and relieve the gum sensitivity that frequently follows gum disease, covering those roots is a crucial first step.
Dental implant surgery can help restore the appearance of your smile by filling the gaps left by missing teeth, but it also serves a very real functional purpose: implants help prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting out of position into the gap, which in turn helps prevent other oral health problems.
2. Cosmetic dental services are expensive.
Recent technological and scientific developments in dentistry have made cosmetic dental procedures somewhat more affordable than they once were. Your insurance company may even cover cosmetic dental procedures like crowns or dental implants if they are deemed necessary.
3. Teeth whitening damages teeth.
Teeth whitening is regarded as safe when carried out properly and under your dentist's supervision, and there is very little chance that it will harm your teeth. Before beginning the teeth-whitening procedure, your dentist will examine your oral health to determine whether it can be done on your teeth in a way that is both safe and effective.
4. Cosmetic dental procedures take a long time.
With today's advances in cosmetic dentistry, we can provide services that work with your schedule and price range. To improve the appearance of your teeth, many cosmetic dental procedures only require one or two appointments and an hour or two of work.
5. Cosmetic dental procedures are unnecessary.
Long-standing dental problems can be resolved using a variety of cosmetic dental procedures, such as veneers and bonding. But your personal definition of "necessary" depends on more than just your oral health. It might be necessary if a cosmetic dental procedure could improve your quality of life by boosting your self-confidence.
6. Cosmetic dental procedures are painful.
Every appointment is made as comfortable as possible by our dentists. Many cosmetic procedures are barely intrusive and cause the patient very little discomfort. Following some procedures, your mouth might temporarily feel sensitive, but this should pass quickly.
7. Your results won’t appear natural-looking.
At Brooklyn Dental, we employ cutting-edge procedures and technology to help us give your smile the most realistic-looking results possible. Ask us how we can help you achieve your smile goals whether you are considering veneers, teeth whitening, or another cosmetic dental procedure.