What comes to mind when you hear the phrase ‘cosmetic dentistry’? The word cosmetic often signifies things that are minor or surface level. Cosmetic dentistry does impact the way that your teeth look on the surface but it has the ability to impact so much more. In fact, getting cosmetic work done on your teeth can improve the quality of your life in a number of ways. There are cosmetic procedures that can remove or hide stains that make you feel self-conscious, repair damage that keeps you from smiling, and restore function that you lost from tooth damage.
Remove or hide stains that make you feel self-conscious
Stained or discolored teeth can make you feel self-conscious about your smile. Many people try to downplay the impact that a dull or stained smile can have on quality of life. If you feel bad about the way your smile looks it is going to have an impact on your behavior. You may find yourself avoiding conversations, staying out of pictures, and holding in your laughter to hide the fact that you have stained teeth. This can become exhausting and may even lead to you withdrawing from others in an effort to avoid social situations. Cosmetic dentistry can help you remove surface stains or hide discoloration that is below the surface. Getting a white smile with the help of cosmetic dentistry can improve your quality of life by allowing you to interact confidently with others once again.
Repair damage that keeps you from smiling
Damaged teeth can create many of the same problems as stained teeth. If you have teeth that are chipped, cracked, or otherwise damaged they can keep you from smiling and interacting freely with others. Recent damage can be especially troubling because the people in your life are likely to notice the change. Cosmetic dentistry procedures such as porcelain veneers and crowns can repair damage and restore your teeth so you can fully engage with those around you.
Restore function that you lost from tooth damage
Tooth damage can lead to loss of function. A loss of function when it comes to your teeth means that everyday tasks like eating, talking, and drinking may be difficult or painful. Tooth loss or damage are two factors that can significantly impact function. Cosmetic procedures that can help with these issues and restore function include dental implants and porcelain crowns.
Cosmetic dentistry can improve your quality of life in a number of ways. It can help restore your confidence by whitening your teeth and repairing damage. And, it can help you gain back the function of your teeth after tooth loss or severe damage. The benefits you will receive from cosmetic dentistry are much more than surface deep. Samuels Dental Arts offers a long list of cosmetic procedures to address a variety of issues. You can see that list and learn more about each option here.
Peter J Samuels DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.