You may have heard some 'facts' regarding cosmetic dental services that you are skeptical of. Our dentists in Calgary want to set the record straight about some common misconceptions.
Common Myths About Cosmetic Dental Procedures
While cosmetic dental procedures offer value, there are some enduring common myths about them. Today, we'll try to clear some of them up.
1. Cosmetic dental procedures are purely cosmetic.
While the term 'cosmetic' might be used to describe these procedures, they can absolutely contribute to helping improve or restore your oral health in many ways.
For example, while dental bonding can be used to change the appearance of discoloured or chipped teeth, it may also be used to protect tooth roots that have been exposed due to receding gums. One integral step in restoring gum tissue is to cover these roots - and help you feel relief from gum sensitivity that often comes with gum disease.
Dental implant surgery can help restore the appearance of your smile by filling gaps left by missing teeth, but it also serves a very real purpose related to function: implants help prevent surrounding teeth from shifting out of position 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 Dental One, 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 Dental One, 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.