You may have heard some 'facts' about cosmetic dental services that you suspect are doubtful. Our dentists in Selkirk debunk some common misconceptions.
Common Myths About Cosmetic Dental Procedures
Some common myths abound about cosmetic dental procedures, despite their value. In this post, we'll clear some of them up.
1. Cosmetic dental procedures are purely cosmetic.
While the term 'cosmetic' may be used to describe these procedures, they can absolutely help improve or restore your oral health in some cases.
For example, while we can improve the appearance of discoloured or chopped teeth with dental bonding, this procedure can also be used to protect exposed tooth roots due to receding gums. One integral step in restoring gum tissue is to cover those roots, which can help bring relief from gum sensitivity that often comes with gum disease.
By filling gaps left by missing teeth, dental implant surgery can help restore the appearance of your smile. That said, it also serves a functional purpose: implants help prevent surrounding teeth from becoming misaligned and moving into the gap, which in turn helps prevent other oral health issues.
2. Cosmetic dental services are expensive.
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.
At Interlake Dental Centre, we also offer flexible payment options to help you conveniently pay for your procedures.
3. Teeth whitening damages teeth.
When done correctly and under the supervision of your dentist, teeth whitening is considered safe, and the risk of damage to your teeth is quite low. Your dentist will evaluate your dental health before teeth whitening treatment to determine whether it can be done safely and effectively on your teeth.
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 are unnecessary.
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 are painful.
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. Your results won’t appear natural-looking.
At Interlake Dental Centre, 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 with our cosmetic dental services.