Cosmetic dentistry describes any dental procedure that improves the appearance of teeth, but not necessarily the function or health of teeth. Most cosmetic dentistry procedures are non-essential, but can offer an array of benefits.
Did you know 48% of people have untagged themselves from a photo on social media because of their smile?
What are the Health Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry?
Though cosmetic dentistry is largely focused on the aesthetics of teeth, which improves confidence and quality of life, there are some health benefits of cosmetic dentistry, such as:
- Cosmetic dentistry can reduce bruxism (the grinding of teeth), which in return improves the long-term strength of your teeth.
- Cosmetic procedures can fix broken, chipped or cracked teeth making them stronger and reducing the chance of future complications with additional chipping or breaking.
- By improving your smile you are improving confidence and quality of life. It is scientifically proven that smiling activates neural messaging in your brain. This not only improves happiness, but your overall health by releasing dopamine, endorphins and serotonin - fighting of stress, lowering the heart rate and blood pressure, and also acting as a natural pain reliever.
One option that you can explore to improve the appearance of your smile is a dental veneer. A veneer is a personalized, extremely thin shell that covers the front surface of your existing tooth. Depending on what you may desire, we recommend consulting with your dentist if a single veneer or multiple veneers would attain your ideal smile.
An alternative to dental veneers, teeth whitening can also be a viable solution for patients that want to brighten their smile. While veneers provide a cover on the outside of existing teeth, teeth whitening brightens the teeth themselves. There are varieties of teeth whitening products, including those that are applied via a gel or safe doses of radiation. Consult with your dentist what the best option is for you.
What Can Cosmetic Dentistry Improve?
Cosmetic dental treatments are a viable option for a number of conditions, including:
- Crooked teeth
- Chipped broken teeth
- Missing teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Teeth that are too short or too long
- Stained or discolored teeth