Have you heard some 'facts' about cosmetic dental services that don't quite add up? Our North York dentists set the record straight about some common patient misconceptions.
Common Myths About Cosmetic Dentistry
Despite the value of cosmetic dental procedures, some common myths are still floating around. Today, we want to clear some of them up.
1. Cosmetic dental procedures are exclusively cosmetic.
While we may use the term 'cosmetic' to describe these procedures, in many ways they can also 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 and into the gap, which in turn helps prevent other oral health concerns.
2. Cosmetic dental services are always 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 Sheppard West Dental, we also offer flexible payment options to help you conveniently pay for your procedures.
3. Teeth whitening damages your 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 rather minimal. Your dentist will evaluate your dental health before the teeth whitening treatment to determine how safe and effective the procedure will be in your specific case.
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 does not depend on your dental health alone. If a cosmetic dental procedure can help increase your self-confidence and thereby your quality of life, it may be more than necessary.
6. Cosmetic dental procedures are painful.
Our dentists strive to make every appointment as comfortable and relaxing 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 Sheppard West 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.