Are you curious about cosmetic dental services? Learn more today as our Meteghan dentists set the record straight about some common misconceptions.
Common Misunderstandings About Cosmetic Dental Procedures
Cosmetic dental procedures have a number of benefits, but despite this, some common myths abound.
1. Cosmetic dental procedures are purely for looks.
Although we may use the term 'cosmetic' to describe these procedures, these services can contribute to oral health restoration in a multitude of ways.
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 essential part of restoring the gums and easing the 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 real functional purpose: implants help prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting out of position into the gap, which in turn can help to prevent other oral health problems.
2. Cosmetic dental services are unaffordable.
Thanks to advances in dental technology and science in recent years, cosmetic dental services have become relatively less expensive than they once were. Some cosmetic dental services that are deemed necessary by your insurance company – such as crowns or dental implants – may even be covered.
At Acadian Smiles, we offer flexible payment options to help you conveniently pay for your procedures.
3. Teeth whitening damages your teeth.
Done correctly and under the supervision of your dentist or a professional dental assistant, teeth whitening is considered safe, and the risk of damage to your teeth is rather low. Your dentist will evaluate your dental health before the teeth whitening treatment to determine whether it can be done safely and effectively on your teeth.
4. Cosmetic dental procedures take ages.
With modern cosmetic dental technology, services can now be administered on a schedule and budget that suits your lifestyle. Many cosmetic dental procedures take just 1-2 hours and as little as one appointment to improve the appearance of your teeth.
5. Cosmetic dental procedures are unnecessary.
There are a number of cosmetic dental procedures, from veneers to bonding, that can be used to fix long-standing dental issues. However, what is deemed 'necessary' will of course vary for each individual's dental health needs, but should also take into account the impact that self-confidence and cosmetic oral issues can have on one's quality of life.
6. Cosmetic dental procedures hurt.
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 and your dental team will provide pain relief to ensure your comfort.
7. Your results won’t appear natural-looking.
At Acadian Smiles, 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.