You may have heard some of the common myths surrounding cosmetic dental services. Our Southwood Dental Studio - Highbury dentists discuss some of the common misconceptions about cosmetic dental procedures.
Myths About Routine Cosmetic Dental Procedures
Unfortunately, there are still some myths surrounding cosmetic dental care which our dental team is happy to discuss.
1. Cosmetic dental procedures are only used for cosmetic enhancement.
Although these procedures are commonly referred to as cosmetic dentistry, there are many different ways in which they contribute to helping improve or restore your oral health.
One of the ways that cosmetic dentistry can help is with dental bonding can be used to improve the appearance of chipped or discoloured teeth, as well as being used to protect your teeth if you suffer from receding gums. Covering those roots is an integral step in restoring gum tissue – and helping you feel relief from gum sensitivity that commonly accompanies gum disease.
Dental implant surgery can be used in order to restore the natural appearance of your smile by filling the gaps left by missing teeth as well as providing a necessary and important purpose. Dental implants help prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting out of position into the gap, which is useful for preventing other oral health problems.
2. It is expensive to receive cosmetic dental care.
Thanks to advances in dental technology and science in recent years, cosmetic dental services have become somewhat less costly than they once were. Cosmetic dental services that are deemed necessary by your insurance company – such as crowns or dental implants – may even be covered.
At our Highbury (Kilally Road) location in London, we also offer flexible payment options to help you conveniently pay for your procedures.
3. Routine teeth whitening will cause dental damage.
Teeth whitening is considered safe, and the risk of damage to your teeth is quite low as long as it is completed under the supervision of a trained dentist. Your dentist will evaluate your dental health before the teeth whitening treatment to determine whether it can be done safely and effectively on your teeth.
4. Cosmetic dental procedures require a long period of time.
Thanks to all of the abilities of modern dental technology, we are able to provide services that can suit all kinds of schedules and budgets. Many cosmetic dental procedures take just an hour or two and one appointment to improve the appearance of your teeth.
5. Cosmetic dental services are never necessary.
Many cosmetic dental procedures, from veneers to bonding, can be used to fix long-standing dental issues. But what is 'necessary' for you depends not only on your dental health. If a cosmetic dental procedure might help increase your self-confidence and thereby your quality of life, it may indeed be necessary.
6. Cosmetic dental services are always painful.
Our dental team will always do everything available to make you comfortable during your procedure. Many cosmetic procedures are minimally invasive and involve very little pain for the patient. Though your mouth may feel sensitive for a short time following some procedures, this should fade quickly.
7. After cosmetic dental services you will not look natural.
At our Highbury (Kilally Road) location in London, we use modern technology and processes to help us achieve the most natural-looking results we can for your smile. Whether you are looking into teeth whitening, veneers or another cosmetic dental procedure, ask us how we can help you reach your smile goals.