Four Myths of Cosmetic Dentistry

Four Myths of Cosmetic Dentistry

Jun 01, 2020

Our teeth perform vital functions such as chewing and grinding food. But, they also affect our smile and general appearance. That is why it is vital to have proper hygiene practices to keep the teeth and gums healthy. However, several factors can affect their function and appearance like discoloration, teeth loss, and overcrowding. These dental problems can be sorted out with cosmetic dentistry.

Cosmetic dentistry is the use of various dental treatments to alter the shape, size, and appearance of your teeth, without changing their function. In recent times, the use of cosmetic dentistry has surged. But, the service is also surrounded by several misconceptions.

1. Cosmetic Dentistry is Only for Appearance

Most people assume cosmetic dentistry is about improving the appearance of your teeth and understandably so, considering ‘cosmetic’ refers to a change in appearance. However, this form of dentistry also offers restorative benefits. For example, dental implants and bridges.

When you have missing teeth, you must replace them. Gaps in between your gums affect both your smile and dental structure. Furthermore, missing teeth cause bone loss and jaw degeneration. Replacing your teeth is, therefore, a dental necessity to preserve your dental structure. Two dental treatments are available to close the gaps—dental bridges and implants.

Dental bridges are a non-invasive and affordable procedure that requires two or three dental visits. Bridges are cemented in place and supported by two dental crowns. These restorations can last for 15 years, but on the downside, your enamel is reshaped, which is irreversible.

If you want a long-lasting solution, dental implants are an ideal treatment. Dental implants are titanium metal screws that are surgically fixed on the jaw to support the artificial teeth. Implants are durable and can last for decades. However, you need to have sufficient bone to support the metal posts. Our dentist in Longmont can recommend procedures like a bone graft to rebuild your bone.

2.The Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures Are Painful

No, they are not. Before the dentist performs any dental procedure, local anesthesia is used to numb the gums and ease discomfort. The dosage of the anesthesia will depend on the complexity of the dental procedure. This means the treatments are practically pain-free. Furthermore, sedation dentistry may be used if you have severe dental phobia and the dental treatment needed is invasive.

Sedation dentistry reduces anxiety and makes dental treatment bearable. Different options are available, so speak to a dentist near you for information on dental sedation and its side effects, if any.

3. Cosmetic Dentistry is Unnecessary

Not true. Whether you have teeth discoloration, chipped, cracked, or missing teeth, you will need cosmetic dental procedures to restore your smile. Furthermore, problems like missing teeth are detrimental to your dental structure and therefore need replacing.

Teeth whitening is also vital to your dental health. Yellow teeth affect your smile, but most importantly they reflect badly on your oral hygiene. Getting your teeth whitened professionally will improve your smile, boost your confidence and self-esteem. For severe teeth discoloration, we use veneers which are thin shells applied on your teeth.

Our dentist in Longmont, CO will assess your dental health and recommend the ideal dental treatment.

4. The Dental Procedures Are Expensive

For a long time, some people have ignored getting a smile makeover because they assume it is expensive. However, several dental insurance providers cover some of the producers, especially the ones that restore the function of your teeth. Furthermore, if you lose your teeth during an accident, your health insurance provider may cover the partial or full cost.

Cosmetic dental procedures like bonding, veneers, and teeth whitening are not covered by insurance. But, we offer affordable rates for these dental treatments. We also have various financial plans to allow you to get the treatment you need with less stress.

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Visit Dr. Brian Coats DDS Longmont Cosmetic and Family Dentistry for your smile makeover. We also have other dental services like children’s dentistry, oral cancer screening, root canal treatment, and sedation dentistry among others that are guaranteed to help you attain optimal dental health.