Have you heard some 'facts' about cosmetic dental services that you consider doubtful? Our Montague dentists set the record straight about some common misconceptions.
Common Myths About Cosmetic Dental Procedures
Despite the value of cosmetic dental procedures, some common myths abound. Today, we want to clear some of them up.
1. Cosmetic dental procedures are purely cosmetic.
While we may use the term 'cosmetic' to describe these procedures, in many ways they can absolutely contribute to helping improve or restore your oral health.
Dental bonding, for example, can be used to conceal chipped or discoloured teeth as well as to protect exposed tooth roots caused by receding gums. Covering those roots is an important step in restoring gum tissue and providing relief from the gum sensitivity that often occurs with 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 into the gap, which in turn helps prevent other oral health problems.
2. Cosmetic dental services are expensive.
Cosmetic dental services have become somewhat less expensive in recent years as a result of advances in dental technology and science. Cosmetic dental services, such as crowns or dental implants, that are deemed necessary by your insurance company may even be covered.
At Montague River Dentistry, 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 the 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 provide services that are convenient for you and within your budget. Many cosmetic dental procedures that improve the appearance of your teeth take only an hour or two and only one appointment.
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 work hard to make every appointment as pleasant as possible. Many cosmetic procedures are minimally invasive and cause little or no pain to the patient. Though your mouth may feel sensitive after some procedures, this should pass quickly.
7. Your results won’t appear natural-looking.
We use cutting-edge technology and processes at Montague River Dentistry to achieve the most natural-looking results for your smile. Ask us how we can help you achieve your smile goals, whether you are considering teeth whitening, veneers, or another cosmetic dental procedure.