Are you unhappy with your teeth? If so, you are not alone. Research has found that 33% of Americans are unhappy with their smile and 36% believe a better smile would improve their social life. Fortunately, you can transform your grin with cosmetic dentistry. Treatments like veneers or dental bonding can dramatically improve your pearly whites. However, some people allow false beliefs about cosmetic dental treatments to keep them from improving their grins. Your dentist is here to set five misconceptions straight about cosmetic dentistry so you can feel free to get the smile of your dreams!
Myth #1. Your Smile Will Look Fake
While this may have been applicable in earlier times, it is no longer true. Cosmetic dentistry has advanced significantly over the years, resulting in appearances that replicate your natural teeth. Your dentist can even design treatments that compliment your facial structure, making the cosmetic work look even more lifelike.
Myth #2. The Benefits are Only Aesthetic
While some procedures can be done with the focus of giving you a purely beautiful smile, some cosmetic procedures can overlap with restorative dentistry. For example, dental implants and crowns can provide health benefits while also improving your smile’s appearance. In the case of a crown, it can shield a tooth from damage that would eventually require a more extensive procedure, like a root canal. And an implant replaces your entire tooth, from root to crown, giving you long-lasting stability and functionality.
Myth #3. It is Unaffordable
Cosmetic services are usually considered elective, so oftentimes they are not covered by dental insurance. However, if the procedure offers restorative abilities, there may be coverage available. In addition, many dental practices provide other options to make a new smile affordable. Your dental team can also help you utilize any benefits to their full potential to make the journey to a new smile more affordable.
Myth #4. It Can Weaken Your Teeth
One thing will always hold true: cosmetic dentists would not provide services that would put your oral health at risk. A healthy smile, no matter how it looks, is always the top priority. Sacrificing the strength of your teeth for the sake of aesthetics is not an option for dentists. To ensure your oral health, consultations are a critical part of the process. They allow your cosmetic dentist to fully examine your mouth and recommend procedures that are best for your health and your grin.
Myth #5. It Only Involves Major Procedures
Although some procedures do require the use of local anesthesia, most require little to none of it. For example, professional teeth whitening and dental bonding are two quick and comfortable treatments that don’t drastically change your teeth and can be completed in an hour!
About the Practice
Baker, Rohner & Hunt keep the smiles of Raleigh healthy and beautiful through the expertise of their team of dentists. With over 25 years of combined service, they can help you create a healthy, beautiful smile through cosmetic dentistry. By using advanced technology for lasting and lifelike results, they can help you to achieve your dental goals. To schedule a consultation, contact them through their website or call (919) 847-7100.