Cosmetic dentistry has the ability to solve a wide range of dental issues.
Imperfections are beautiful and can add to the mystique and intrigue of a person. Famous model and actor Cindy Crawford is a great example of how a physical imperfection actually added to her beauty and helped her build her public brand.
The same can be said for imperfect smiles as well. Dakota Johnson fans were sad to learn the star had undergone dental treatment to close the gap between her two front teeth. But sometimes, a cosmetic change is about more than appearance.
Here are 5 reasons to go ahead and get cosmetic dentistry.
You just want to make a cosmetic change.
A change via cosmetic dentistry is definitely a long-term commitment. But if making a change to your smile is something you know you want, talk to Dr. Bentz. He can help by talking with you about your goals and the different avenues you can take to achieve those goals with your dental team.
Being happy with your smile is a personal decision. Sometimes, though, those imperfections might actually be impacting your functional health.
You need cosmetic treatment.
Often, cosmetic changes impact the rest of your smile or the health of a tooth in particular. A small gap between the top two teeth as seen from Madonna and Dakota Johnson can be a sign of a misalignment in your overall bite. That misalignment can affect your temporomandibular jaw joints (better known as TMJ) and the way your teeth will wear while chewing.
You’ll be able to keep eating what you love.
Your teeth play an important role in your ability to eat and digest food by grinding and chewing it. Unfortunately, there are a lot of dental issues that can impact both the appearance and function of your teeth. A misaligned bite can cause severe TMJ pain that makes it hard to eat any food at all—especially foods that tend to be chewy or crunchy. Receiving treatment for your TMJ pain, which can include practicing exercises at home or undergoing cosmetic or orthodontic treatment, will reduce or eliminate your pain. You’ll finally be able to go back to eating without being in pain or worrying that you’ll set off another round of jaw pain.
Additionally, getting dental implants to replace missing teeth is the next best thing to reversing the clock and getting your natural teeth back. Even if you have restorations like traditional dentures, missing teeth make it incredibly difficult to eat certain types of foods. Dental implants avoid these pitfalls and allow you to eat naturally because the titanium metal rods are embedded directly into your jaw. They also encourage bone growth; your jaw bone actually grows up around your implant, holding it more firmly in place. This level of stability means that you can continue to eat all of your favorite foods, from crunchy toffee or sticky caramel to chewy steak.
You’ll love the results.
Modern cosmetic dentistry uses advanced technology and procedures to revitalize your smile. Restorations like dental veneers, crowns, and dental implants are designed and milled specifically for you from porcelain. Porcelain matches the gloss and color of natural teeth so well—especially since the color can be tinted to match the exact shade of your existing teeth—that it blends in with the rest of your smile seamlessly. Porcelain mimics natural teeth so well that you can even replace a missing front tooth with dental implants and no one will know that your implant isn’t your natural tooth.
Additionally, when you replace missing teeth with dental implants, the same stability that allows you to eat all of your favorite foods ensures that your restorations won’t slip out of place when you’re speaking or laughing. Even implant-supported dentures will stay locked in place, so you can go on about your life without giving your dentures a second thought.
Your remaining teeth will stay healthier.
Your at-home oral care routine is an incredibly important part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Unfortunately, crooked or irregularly shaped teeth are harder to clean thoroughly because they create a lot of nooks and crannies in your mouth that are hard to reach. This makes these areas more vulnerable to gum disease or tooth decay, both of which can eventually lead to tooth loss if they go untreated. It’s much easier to clean straight, even teeth, so cosmetic treatments like veneers, crowns, and implants can help keep your teeth healthier.
Prosthodontics—the field of dentistry that involves replacing missing teeth with porcelain bridges or dental implants—is especially important for keeping your remaining teeth healthy. This is because when you lose a tooth, your natural teeth will begin to shift into the new gap in your mouth. This shift in the alignment of your teeth increases your chances of suffering from oral health issues. It also changes the shape of your face.
Your overall health and immunity will improve.
A cosmetic dental procedure usually comes with the added bonus of improving your functional health as well. Which is great, because in recent decades, scientists have established a solid link between your oral and overall health. When your oral health is suffering, it can significantly impact your overall health. For example, periodontitis allows oral bacteria into your bloodstream, which can affect your health in many major ways. It weakens your immune system because your body is constantly trying to fight off the bacteria in your bloodstream. The oral bacteria themselves attack your immune cells to selectively destroy their ability to fight bacteria without killing them, which opens the door for other illnesses.
And this barrage causes other issues. A constant immune response causes chronic inflammation throughout your body and increases your risks of suffering from a number of overall health issues. Periodontitis has been linked to an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and more. At the same time, it makes it harder to control existing health conditions like diabetes.
We have to get your teeth and gums healthy before you undergo cosmetic dentistry treatments. Most treatments will help to protect your future oral health, too.
Dental implants go a step further by actively protecting the bone density in your jaw, as they prevent—and to some extent, help to reverse—the bone loss in your jaw that naturally results from losing a tooth. It’s always healthier to have denser, stronger bones, so a strong jaw is better for your overall and oral health.
We understand, however, that cosmetic dentistry procedures are complex and you likely have a lot of questions, such as, “How much do dental implants cost?” If so, feel free to call our office at any time to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bentz.