You have probably heard some 'facts' about cosmetic dental procedures or services you might have considered doubtful. Today, our Oakville dentists discuss the common misconceptions and set the records straight.
Common Myths About Cosmetic Dental Procedures
Despite the value, cosmetic dental procedures can have there are a few common myths going around. Here, we clear a few of them up.
1. Cosmetic dental procedures are cosmetic only.
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.
For example, while dental bonding can be used to improve the appearance of chipped or discoloured teeth, it can also be used to protect exposed tooth roots due to receding gums. Covering those roots is an integral step in restoring gum tissue – and helping you feel 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. Cosmetic dental procedures are expensive.
Because of the advances that have been made in dental science and technology in recent years, cosmetic dental services have become somewhat less expensive than they were in the past. Some cosmetic dental services that are considered necessary by your insurance company – such as crowns or dental implants – might even be covered.
3. Professional teeth whitening is damaging to teeth.
Teeth whitening is considered safe when it is done properly and under your dentist's supervision, and the risk of damaging your teeth is fairly low. Your dentist will assess your dental health prior to your teeth whitening treatment to make sure it can be done safely and that it will be effective.
4. Cosmetic dental procedures take a long time.
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 necessary.
Many cosmetic dental procedures, from veneers to bonding, can be used to fix long-standing dental issues. But what is 'necessary' for you depends not only on your dental health. If a cosmetic dental procedure might help increase your self-confidence and thereby your quality of life, it may indeed be necessary.
6. Cosmetic dental procedures hurt.
Our dentists aim to make all of your appointments as comfortable as possible. Lots of our cosmetic services are minimally invasive and should only cause minimal pain. While your mouth might feel sensitive for a little while after some procedures, it should quickly fade.
7. The results won’t look natural.
At River Oaks Dental, we use modern technology and processes to help us achieve the most natural-looking results we can for your smile. Whether you are looking into teeth whitening, veneers, or another cosmetic dental procedure, ask us how we can help you reach your smile goals.