Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic procedures oftentimes carry the stigma of being solely about vanity. While cosmetic dentistry can certainly improve a person’s looks, and the aesthetics of the perfect smile are reason alone for having a procedure performed, there are also many other advantages. Here are just a few of the cosmetic dental procedures and the benefits they offer.
A crown, otherwise known as a cap, is cemented in and covers a damaged tooth. It’s designed to mimic a tooth in appearance. By covering a tooth, it protects it from further damage. This is particularly beneficial for a weak tooth to prevent it from breaking or cracking. Crowns are also used to help support a large filling and, in the cases of a root canal, to encase the tooth that has been compromised. Apart from improving the appearance of an injured tooth, a crown supports the area so that the surrounding teeth don’t shift into misalignment.
A dental bridge is a false tooth that is anchored by adjoining crowns to fill in the space from a missing tooth. Not only does a bridge offer visual enhancement to a smile, but by filling the empty space, it keeps the surrounding teeth from shifting, thereby protecting the wearer’s bite pattern and speech.
Whereas a dental bridge relies on strong surrounding teeth to anchor it, a dental implant can stand on its own. It is a post that is implanted in the jawbone to which a false tooth is attached. The advantage of an implant is that it is permanent, unlike a bridge which may need to be replaced if damage occurs to the adjacent teeth. Much like the bridge, it keeps the surrounding teeth from shifting to maintain proper alignment.
When a person loses their teeth, whether from trauma, decay, or disease, their ability to eat and speak is sorely compromised. Dentures restore oral functioning to the wearer, and also helps with self-confidence as the wearer need not be embarrassed by missing teeth or sagging facial muscles.
Invisalign is a painless and more aesthetically pleasing alternative to metal braces. People who have crowded teeth or teeth that have large gaps between them often have inflamed gums. They may also have difficulties with adequate brushing and flossing, leading to tooth decay. Straightening the teeth can correct these problems and can also alleviate the symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ). Metal braces and wires often cut the lips and inside of the cheeks. With Invisalign, the wearer can receive all of the benefits of straight teeth without the pain that metal braces often cause.
Cosmetic dentistry offers a host of benefits, such as an enhanced appearance, improved self-confidence, prevention of tooth damage and decay, and ensuring proper alignment to alleviate the symptoms of TMJ and speech and bite impediments. Contact a cosmetic dentist today to find out what improvements can be done for you!