Have you come across any 'facts' about cosmetic dental services that you find dubious? Our Calgary dentists clear the air on some common misunderstandings.
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 contribute to helping improve or restore your oral health.
Dental bonding, for example, can be used to cover exposed tooth roots caused by receding gums as well as to improve the appearance of chipped or discoloured teeth. Covering those roots is an important part of restoring gum tissue and relieving gum sensitivity, which is common with gum disease.
Dental implant surgery can help restore the appearance of your smile by filling gaps left by missing teeth, but it also has a very practical purpose: implants prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting out of position into the gap, which can lead to other oral health issues.
2. Cosmetic dental services are expensive.
Cosmetic dental services should have become less expensive in recent years as a result of advances in dental technology and science. Cosmetic dental procedures that your insurance company deems necessary, such as crowns or dental implants, may be covered.
At Arbour Lake Dental, 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 damage to your teeth is minimal. Before starting teeth whitening treatment, your dentist should assess your dental health to see if it can be done safely and effectively on your teeth.
4. Cosmetic dental procedures take a long time.
We can provide services that fit your schedule and budget thanks to today's cosmetic dental technology. To improve the appearance of your teeth, many cosmetic dental procedures should take only an hour or two and only one appointment.
5. Cosmetic dental procedures are unnecessary.
Long-term dental issues can be addressed with a variety of cosmetic dental procedures, ranging from veneers to bonding. However, 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, as a result, your quality of life, it may be necessary.
6. Cosmetic dental procedures are painful.
Our dentists work hard to make each appointment as pleasant as possible. Many cosmetic procedures are minimally invasive and cause the patient little discomfort. Following some procedures, your mouth may feel sensitive for a short time, but this should pass quickly.
7. Your results won’t appear natural-looking.
We use modern technology and processes at Arbour Lake Dental to help us achieve the most natural-looking results for your smile. Ask us how we can help you achieve your smile goals, whether you're considering teeth whitening, veneers, or another cosmetic dental procedure.