Have you heard any 'facts' about cosmetic dental services that you find questionable? Our Ottawa dentists clear the air on 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 Ottawa Dentistry, we also offer flexible payment options to help you conveniently pay for your procedures.
3. Teeth whitening damages teeth.
Teeth whitening is considered safe when done correctly and under the supervision of your dentist, and the risk of tooth damage is quite low. Before the teeth whitening treatment, your dentist will assess your dental health 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, such as veneers and bonding, can be used to correct long-term dental issues. But what is 'necessary' for you is determined by factors other than your dental health. If a cosmetic dental procedure can improve your self-esteem and thus your quality of life, it may 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 technology and processes at Ottawa 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.