Three Common Cosmetic Dentistry Myths: Debunked

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If you're considering undergoing a cosmetic dentistry procedure, you probably have a lot of preconceived notions running through your mind. Read on to learn about three common myths associated with cosmetic dentistry and the truth behind them.

Myth #1: Cosmetic Dentistry Is Too Expensive for Me

A common cosmetic procedure, teeth whitening, can fall in the range of $300 to $800. As insurance companies tend to forego covering such procedures, many feel that teeth whitening and other such treatments are out of their reach. The truth is, with an increasing number of options available, as well as the introduction of special financing offers, you could be on your way to a beautiful smile you'll love in no time.

In the beginning, when cosmetic options were very limited, only those who could afford the most expensive options were able to undergo cosmetic dental work. Now that new technologies and materials have been discovered, cosmetic dentistry has become a whole new world. Ask around—you'd be surprised at just how many affordable options are available to you.

Myth #2: Cosmetic Dentistry Has No Medical Benefits

Some procedures, such as dental implants and bridgework, were once considered cosmetic in nature and not necessary for overall dental health.

It has been proven, however, that missing teeth can actually weaken the structure of the jawbone and cause many dental issues down the road. When it comes to the alveolar bone—the bone that contains sockets for teeth and offers overall structure and support—failure to use it results in loss. Once this structure is gone, it's gone forever. This leads to a caved-in appearance, as well as an inability to perform many functions, such as chewing and speaking, effectively.

Myth #3: Teeth Whitening and Other Such Procedures Damage Your Teeth

While cosmetic dentistry is concerned with the appearance of teeth, it's also interested in preserving the teeth's natural integrity, which includes enamel.

Professionally performed teeth whitening has never been safer. In-office treatments are designed specifically for each patient. The mold that is used to apply the bleaching product is made to exactly fit your teeth. This means that there is less contact with the gums and more contact with the teeth requiring bleaching. While there may be a chance of sensitivity as a result of bleaching, it isn't permanent and can be easily treated. Sensitivity is also easily avoided with the right preparations.

Cosmetic dentistry has certainly come a long way since it first began. If you're considering undergoing a certain cosmetic dental procedure, speak with your dentist about all of the options available to you so you can make the best decision possible.