Millions of people lack confidence when it comes to their smiles. Sometimes, that lack of confidence stems from discoloration or misaligned teeth. Other times, people hide their smiles due to chipped or missing teeth. Even though cosmetic dentistry has come a long way in recent years, many people still feel like they’re destined to live their lives hiding their smiles from the world. Frequently, the hesitation to consider cosmetic dentistry is due to misconceptions about what exactly this type of dentistry entails. In fact, there are several myths about cosmetic dentistry that have been widely circulated. Let’s consider some of the most common myths and the truth behind the misconceptions.
Myth 1: Cosmetic dentistry damages natural teeth.
Many people hesitate to consider cosmetic dentistry due to the fear that it will somehow compromise the health of their natural teeth. This is simply not the case. In fact, cosmetic dentistry often preserves the teeth’s natural structure. In many cases, undergoing a cosmetic procedure increases the lifespan of the teeth.
Myth 2: Cosmetic dentistry is unaffordable.
Countless people never explore cosmetic dentistry as an option, reasoning that they could never afford it anyway. However, today’s cosmetic dentistry is not the cosmetic dentistry of years past. Treatments are often more affordable now due to advancements in the procedures themselves; there are now more options for patients when it comes to the materials and methods used in cosmetic dentistry. Additionally, many dental practices work with their patients to ensure affordability; payment plans and financing allow patients to pay for their procedures over time. Don’t count insurance coverage out, either. While it’s true that many insurance plans shy away from covering cosmetic dentistry procedures, there are some procedures– think implants or crowns– that are often at least partially covered. Finally, it’s important to remember that the money you spend on cosmetic dentistry today can save you thousands in restorative dentistry costs down the road.
Myth 3: Cosmetic dentistry is never a necessity.
There’s a common misconception that cosmetic dentistry is a luxury for the wealthy and not something that’s ever truly needed. Cosmetic dentistry is about much more than aesthetics, however. Cosmetic dental procedures promote good oral health, which is an important part of your body’s overall health. It restores and preserves teeth, promotes longevity, and prevents patients from succumbing to further dental health problems, like periodontal disease or tooth loss.
Myth 4: Cosmetic dentistry is painful.
Dental anxiety is common. Many times, dental anxiety– or, in severe cases, dental phobia– stems from a fear of pain. Today’s dentists take great measures to ensure that patients are as comfortable as possible during dental procedures, including cosmetic procedures. Discussing your concerns with your dentist upfront allows you time to collaborate and develop a plan to ease your anxiety and increase your comfort level.
Myth 5: Cosmetic dentistry looks unnatural.
There’s also a myth floating around that cosmetic dentistry looks unnatural and can be spotted a mile away. Visions of ill-fitting dentures or blindingly white veneers dance through the minds of patients who think there’s nothing natural about cosmetic dentistry. However, cosmetic dentistry has come a long way in the last several years. Treatments are now highly customized, allowing your smile to both look and feel natural. In fact, unless you disclose it to them, most people will be completely unaware that you’ve had any dental work done.
Are you tired of hiding your smile from the world? Allow us to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Contact us today to learn more about our cosmetic dentistry procedures and to determine how we can best meet your needs. We look forward to hearing from you!