You may have heard some doubtful 'facts' regarding cosmetic dental procedures. Today, our Nanaimo dentists clear the air on some common myths and misconceptions being spread about cosmetic dental services.
Common Myths About Cosmetic Dental Services
Even though cosmetic dental services can be valuable and beneficial, there are some common myths being spread about these procedures. In this post, our dental team would like to debunk a few of them.
1. Cosmetic dental procedures are only cosmetic.
While the word 'cosmetic' may be used to describe these procedures, there are many ways they could help restore or improve your dental health.
For example, while dental bonding could be used to help improve the way discoloured or chipped teeth look, it could also be helpful for protecting exposed tooth roots as a result of receding gums. Covering those roots plays a critical part in the restoration of gum tissue and helps you get relief from gum sensitivity that often accompanies gum disease.
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. It's expensive to get cosmetic dental services.
Thanks to advances in dental technology and science in recent years, cosmetic dental services have become somewhat less costly than they once were. Cosmetic dental services that are deemed necessary by your insurance company – such as crowns or dental implants – may even be covered.
3. Teeth whitening will damage your teeth.
Teeth whitening is considered safe when done correctly and under your dentist's supervision, the risk of damage to your teeth is also relatively low. Prior to starting your teeth whitening treatment, your dentist will assess your dental health to determine if this procedure can be done safely and effectively.
4. It takes a long time to complete cosmetic dental procedures.
With today’s cosmetic dental technology, we can offer services to fit your schedule and budget. Many cosmetic dental procedures take just an hour or two and one appointment to improve the appearance of your teeth.
5. Cosmetic dental procedures aren't a necessity.
Lots of cosmetic dental procedures such as bonding and veneers can be used to treat long-standing dental health problems. However, what may be 'necessary' for you doesn't just depend on your oral health. If a cosmetic dental procedure could be used to help improve your self-confidence and as a result the quality of life, it might indeed be necessary.
6. Cosmetic dental procedures hurt.
Our dentists strive to make every appointment as comfortable as possible. Many cosmetic procedures are minimally invasive and involve very little pain for the patient. Though your mouth may feel sensitive for a short time following some procedures, this should fade quickly.
7. The results won’t look natural
Our dentists at Brooks Landing Dental Clinic use modern processes and technology that help us reach the most natural-looking results possible for your smile. It doesn't matter if you are interested in veneers, teeth whitening, or another cosmetic dental procedure, ask us how we can help you obtain your smile goals.