Cosmetic Dentistry: Four Reasons It Is Not Just About a Pretty Face
While its best-known purpose is to improve the appearance of your teeth and smile, cosmetic dentistry isn’t just about dental perfectionism. Encompassing many procedures that are often essential, such as fillings and correcting severe bite misalignments, a cosmetic dental treatment plan requires experience and passion. Indeed, cosmetic dentistry is often essential for preventing serious future dental issues from developing.
Ultimately, cosmetic dentistry is about confidence, about feeling so good about your smile that you can’t wait to share it. We all know how good it feels to exchange genuine, warm smiles and laughter. It’s one of the great joys of being alive!
At the Lowe Centre, cosmetic and implant dentistry is our passion and our specialty. So let’s highlight some of our favourite things about what we do best.
Improve Dental Performance With Cosmetic Dentistry
As great as teeth are for smiling with, chewing and processing food is arguably their most important task, right? And it is impossible to enjoy a meal when chewing causes you pain.
Misaligned teeth can make biting more laborious than it should be. Over time the misalignment can cause additional dental issues. And cavities, missing, or cracked teeth, can also cause immense pain and make home care more difficult and time-consuming. While these are considered dental emergencies, fixing them with a view for improving dental performance and appearance can fall under the banner of cosmetic dentistry.
A properly aligned bite and teeth allows you to chew your food properly and thoroughly. This aids optimal digestion of food, an important cornerstone of nutritional health. And feeling free to confidently chew your food enhances your enjoyment of it, instead of gingerly swallowing tiny, unsavoured bites. Win win!
Speaking of confidence, dental imperfections that affect the appearance of your gums and teeth can make you feel less than satisfied with your smile. And the less satisfied you are with your smile, the less likely you are to let it shine. Indeed, many of our patients tell us that they deliberately avoid smiling for this reason. Your smile is an involuntary expression of good feelings, so consciously suppressing it because you aren’t happy with its appearance can deal a severe blow to your self-esteem.
A tailored cosmetic dental plan will address oral imperfections in as limited or extensive a method as you desire. From a simple whitening in a natural shade, to a full mouth reconstruction, cosmetic dentistry has all the tools to give you a smile you will love.
Cosmetic Dentistry Prevents Future Dental Issues
As cosmetic dentistry involves many essential procedures, such as fixing chipped teeth, the improved functionality helps to prevent many future dental issues. Chipped teeth are susceptible to cavities and decay, which can cause more severe issues down the line.
With the use of porcelain or composite veneers, not only will your teeth look fantastic, they will be well protected against decay. So long as you keep up your end of the bargain with respect to dental home care, cosmetic dentistry goes a long way in keeping your teeth looking and feeling their best.
Improved Appearance and Reduced Signs of Aging
Tooth crowding and a misaligned bite can cause issues inside and outside your oral cavity. We often overlook the effects that our teeth have on the appearance of our face. Many cosmetic dental procedures will visibly improve the appearance of your facial features, like your jawline and cheekbones.
An inevitable result of aging is the natural discolouration and eventual erosion of dental enamel. Brightening the enamel with veneers or Glo whitening eliminates these imperfections, producing a youthful aesthetic. Graceful aging can be beautifully enhanced with cosmetic dentistry.
Cheers to confident, happy smiles all around!
Dr. Ed Lowe
The Lowe Centre for Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry