Have you ever heard anyone say, ‘Oh, it’s just cosmetic’? The intention of that phrase is to point out that the flaws you see are only on the surface-not a big deal. This phrase works when you are thinking about buying an ugly house or trying to determine the level of damage to a car after an accident. In dentistry, the word ‘cosmetic’ relates to much more than the surface level needs of your teeth. There are a number of life-changing procedures that fall under the heading of ‘cosmetic dentistry’. There are some cosmetic procedures that can have a far-reaching impact in your life. Cosmetic dentistry can help you regain optimal functionality for important tasks, boost your confidence level, and help prevent more dental problems in the future.
Help you regain optimal functionality
If you have an issue with your teeth that impacts their functionality it may feel like it is always on your mind. For example, if you have damaged or missing teeth it can affect your ability to eat and talk comfortably. Having a dental implant placed can be considered a cosmetic procedure but it is also a procedure that can restore functionality. Other cosmetic procedures that can help you regain optimal functionality include porcelain crowns, permanent bridges, and dentures.
Boost your confidence level
There are a number of cosmetic procedures that can boost your confidence level. If you have teeth that are severely discolored, damaged, or decaying it can have a big impact on your confidence level. Some people who feel self-conscious about how their teeth look avoid situations where they have to engage with other people. If you are so self-conscious about your teeth that you do not want to talk to people face to face it can affect the type of job you get, the activities you do for fun, and your personal relationships. Many of the most important areas of your life can suffer if you feel ashamed of the way your teeth look. Cosmetic dentistry can transform the way your teeth look with procedures like porcelain veneers, crowns, and onlays.
Prevent more problems in the future
There are some cosmetic procedures that can prevent more serious dental problems in the future. A missing tooth is annoying in the beginning. Eventually you may get used to it and function without much of an issue. But, over time your surrounding teeth will start to shift. Shifting can impact your bite and lead to grinding. Grinding your teeth can cause damage and pain. When your teeth shift it can also make it difficult for you to eat comfortably. If you address the missing tooth by getting a dental implant you can prevent all of those potential problems from occurring. This is just one example of how cosmetic dental procedures can prevent additional problems for your teeth in the future.
The impact of cosmetic dentistry goes far beyond how your teeth look. Many of these procedures can have a daily impact on your life going forward. Cosmetic dentistry can be transformative if you have been dealing with tooth issues for a long time. If you want to see what type of impact cosmetic dentistry can have on your smile you can schedule an appointment at Samuels Dental Arts to explore your options.
Peter J Samuels DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.