As a society, we’re pretty obsessed with having beautiful smiles, and who could blame us? Smiles help you share your happiness; they show us that strangers are trustworthy, and they’re routinely cited as one of the biggest factors in making a good first impression. When we feel confident, it shows, and confidence in our smile is one of the first things people will notice upon meeting us. Sporting a smile that doesn’t live up to your expectations, however, can be stressful and downright embarrassing. Maybe you don’t like the size or shape of your teeth, or you wish they were just a little straighter. Whatever your complaint may be, perhaps you’ve considered cosmetic dentistry as a solution! There is a lot of information out there, however, and it’s easy to be misled! Today we’re going to address some common cosmetic dentistry myths and get the facts back in order.
MYTH: I can’t afford cosmetic dentistry.
FACT: There are options for most people’s budgets, and insurance may be able to help!
Cosmetic dentistry comes in many varieties, and some procedures are less expensive than others. Depending on your needs, your dental insurance may even cover much or all of your costs! It’s also important to note that fixing problems with your teeth now can help save on even larger bills down the road if issues go untreated.
MYTH: Cosmetic dentistry damages your natural teeth.
FACT: Many procedures can help protect your natural teeth.
Some cosmetic procedures, such as inlays and onlays, help protect natural teeth by creating an extra barrier between your tooth and the elements. Your dentist will cover all of the side effects of different procedures to help you understand the impact they will have on your teeth and mouth.
MYTH: Cosmetic dentistry is just that—purely cosmetic and otherwise unnecessary.
FACT: There are many good reasons to have cosmetic dentistry!
Apart from just fixing a crooked smile, cosmetic dentistry can replace a broken or missing tooth or help with malocclusion, which can eventually lead to pain and total tooth loss.
MYTH: Fake teeth will never look the same as natural teeth.
FACT: Advances in technology have made tooth replacements almost indistinguishable from natural teeth.
Whether you need a simple cap on a chipped tooth or are seeking a whole mouth of porcelain veneers, your cosmetic dental work will look natural and beautiful. When performed by a licensed doctor with experience, most people won’t be able to tell the difference between natural teeth and their replacements, leaving you confident and happy!
There are many reasons someone may choose to have a cosmetic procedure performed, and they’re all totally valid. If you’ve been mulling over the idea of having work done, now is as good a time as ever to ask your dentist some questions and learn a bit more about your options!
If you’d like to schedule a consultation or learn more about the services we offer, give us a call at Steger Smiles today!