Dental procedures can be stressful, costly, and time-consuming; however, it’s important to view dental work as an ongoing part of life. The negative aspects of dentistry can be combatted by finding the right dental office with professionals who make the process pleasant, affordable, and quick. Knowing how difficult it can be to muster up the courage to schedule a dental appointment, one might wonder why someone would go out of their way to opt for an elective dental procedure.
Cosmetic dentistry has a wide range of benefits that can suit everyone. Cosmetic procedures don’t have to be invasive, although depending on your current dental health it might require slightly more invasive techniques. The most important thing to consider before opting for cosmetic dental work is to be sure that your dental health is on the up and up. You should also consult with your dentist office about what cosmetic procedures might fit your lifestyle and budget. Here are some reasons to consider cosmetic dentistry and some of the more common procedures you might encounter in your research:
Instills self-confidence and quality of life
Perhaps the most prominent reason for cosmetic dentistry is the effect it can have on one’s self-esteem. In today’s world, the average person’s teeth are whiter and straighter than ever. This social norm can take a toll on one’s self-esteem and quality of life, as it might keep people from being in social situations, smiling in pictures, or laughing aloud in public. While it might not seem like a big deal, these basic functions are innate to human beings, and it can be stifling to feel unable to express oneself in such ways due to cosmetic dental issues.
Can improve overall health and hygiene
Basic anthropological studies have shown that one’s smile is an attractive quality in others because it’s a sign of good health. The perceived need for cosmetic dental procedures can be an initial motivation to finally schedule that first dental appointment, and it’s one step toward improving your oral hygiene. Furthermore, teeth can be an indicator of heart health—so it’s important to monitor your teeth carefully.
Opens the door to new opportunities
Cosmetic dental procedures can also present new opportunities for individuals who have been held back in life because of their smile. Often people won’t go out for job interviews, dates, or social engagements because their concerned about being judged for their teeth. Cosmetic procedures can afford individuals confidence, comfort, and inspiration to put themselves out into the world more.
Increases the longevity of dental health
After cosmetic dental procedures, the prognosis for improved dental health is generally excellent. This is because individuals tend to take more pride in their smile after cosmetic procedures and care for their teeth accordingly. They are more likely to follow through with routine dental appointments and improve their dental hygiene overall.
Some of the common procedures
Cosmetic dentistry offers a wide range of procedures and techniques that trained, educated dentists utilize in their practices. Here are some of the more common procedures that dentists encounter:
Veneers are a highly specialized procedure that are tailored to the individual. They are generally made of medical-grade ceramic, and applied to teeth to fix the appearance of corroded enamel and gaps between teeth. There are other applications for veneers that are specific to each client.
Teeth whitening has become exceedingly popular in recent decades, and while there are many over-the-counter options for at-home teeth whitening, a professional whitening procedure performed at a dentists office is the safest, most efficient way to lighten the color of yellowed teeth damaged by coffee, wine, or other dark foods and liquids.
Sometimes accidents happen, or teeth need to be removed to reduce the risk of infection and complications. By replacing teeth that have been extracted or severely chipped with dental implants, you can greatly improve or restore the appearance of a smile.
How we can help
The Dental Group of Simi Valley is a family-owned business serving clients with a wide range of dental needs. As the second generation of dentists in this practice, Dr. Herschel Berger and Dr. Laura Jen Kin pride themselves on the relationships they’ve developed with their community over the years. Saving smiles since 1963, we make it a point to continually educate ourselves and implement the most cutting-edge dental techniques to better serve our clientele. If you’d like to learn more about the cosmetic procedures we offer, please contact our office directly. We look forward to improving your smile, happiness, and health.