Cosmetic dental procedures have long been considered as unnecessary and superfluous. It’s only been in the last couple decades that greater awareness has been placed on how the look of your smile can influence your self-confidence and behavior. Now that this impact is better understood, more and more patients are taking the steps needed to achieve their dream smile.
With so many options available, separating fact from fiction can be especially tricky for those new to cosmetic dentistry. Let’s explore some common myths surrounding cosmetic dentistry.
Cosmetic Dentistry Only Has One Purpose
False. Thanks to innovation in modern dentistry, many cosmetic dental treatments offered today are designed to enhance the structure and health of teeth as well as improve the look of your smile. By using high-quality materials like tooth-colored composite resins and biocompatible dental implant posts, patients benefit from a comprehensive treatment solution.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments Take Too Long to Complete
Also false. The length of treatment varies significantly from patient to patient and depends on what treatment you select. If you’re visiting Brooklyn Heights Dental for teeth whitening, you can expect to leave our cosmetic dentistry practice with a noticeably brighter smile in just one visit. In contrast, a patient undergoing a full smile makeover may undergo each stage of treatment over the course of several months. During your consultation with Dr. Stanislaus, we’ll explore your treatment options and give you an idea of how long and how much each treatment will cost.
Cosmetic Dental Procedures Have No Health Benefits
Very incorrect. Modern dentistry has not only improved accuracy of treatment but has also opened the door to innovation in cosmetic dentistry. Nowadays, more and more of these elective procedures are being adapted into restorative treatment solutions.
For example, dental crowns are made of a highly durable yet natural-looking porcelain, making it an ideal solution for patients recovering from root canal therapy as well as covering less-than beautiful teeth. Similarly, patients tired of their denture slipping around their smile can secure their prosthetic with dental implants. Not only does this improve dental aesthetics, it also provides health benefits by preserving the underlying bone structure.
Cosmetic Dental Services are not Permanent
Yes and no. With the exception of dental implants, no dental service is permanent. Over time, teeth will shift, grow dull, and can crack, regardless of what cosmetic and/or restorative treatments you select. However, proactively treating flaws with cosmetically-driven restorations can minimize the aesthetic impact of daily wear-and-tear and keep your smile beautiful. Regular visits to your Brooklyn dentist as well as practicing an effective oral hygiene routine at home are excellent starts to maintaining your beautiful new smile.
At-Home Treatments are Just as Effective as In-Office Solutions
False. While it can be tempting to pick up an over-the-counter teeth whitening option or try out the latest DIY cosmetic option on Pinterest, don’t. These options are meant as a “one size fits all” treatments, opening the door for over treatment. As these treatments are not being administered or even tested by a professional, you’re also putting your smile at risk of serious damage. When in doubt, visit an experienced professional.
Considering Cosmetic Dentistry? Visit Brooklyn Heights Dental Today!
Tired of staring at a lackluster smile? Call Dr. Eugene Stanislaus to explore your cosmetic dentistry options in Brooklyn and achieve your best smile. We look forward to seeing you!