What is cosmetic dental care?
Cosmetic dental care consists of altering the appearance of the teeth, bite, and gums. It can include a number of procedures including teeth whitening, and improving the alignment, position, size, colour, and shape of a patient's gums and teeth.
Most patients seek cosmetic dental care with the hope of improving the appearance of their teeth. While this is the ultimate goal, cosmetic dental procedures go beyond your looks.
Cosmetic dental procedures not only change the appearance of your smile, they may also enhance oral function, promote oral hygiene, and improve your oral health.
What else can cosmetic dental procedures do?
- Enhance Oral Function - While the aesthetics of our smile are important, it does to remember that the primary purpose of our teeth, mouth, and oral structures is to eat. A set of strong, healthy teeth will make a great deal of difference in your eating habits; if your teeth aren’t aligned, eating might be uncomfortable because of food particles getting stuck in between your molars. Certain cosmetic dental treatments can help address many of these issues to benefit your oral function. These include gum lifts, dental bridges, gum grafts, Invisalign, dental implants, bite reclamation, and tooth reshaping. Through these procedures, you could experience an easier time eating.
- Promoting Oral Hygiene - Many cosmetic procedures require some degree of dental cleaning prior to the actual treatment. Oral prophylaxis removes tartar and stains accumulated by smoking, eating, and drinking. On top of this, most cosmetic dental procedures focus on restoring broken and cracked teeth. These include inlays, onlays, bonding, crowns, and veneers. Tooth repair can help protect your tooth from further damage and help prevent decay from affecting other teeth as well.
- Improves Oral Health - Cosmetic dental procedures may help improve oral health by improving your bite, repairing weak teeth, and improving overall function. This may help with preventing more serious dental problems in the future. Your oral health might also have an indirect connection to your overall health, given that food and nutrition get into your body via eating. Thus, improving oral health can alleviate some common health problems, which in turn may translate into better overall health.