August 6, 2019

Facts and Fiction - The Truth Behind Cosmetic Dentistry

The subject of cosmetic enhancements will always divide opinion with people jumping at the opportunity to better their looks with a little help from the experts, and others leaning towards a more natural approach to their appearance. However, there are also those that are simply too scared to even consider cosmetic dental treatment because of misinformation bandied about in the media and via social networks. Let us set the record straight as we examine some of the myths surrounding the wonderful world of cosmetic dentistry as well as the facts you need to know.

Myth – You won’t be able to afford it
With so many celebrities favouring cosmetic dentistry, it is often thought that treatments such as veneers, teeth straightening and even clear braces, are just too expensive for us mere mortals. However, cosmetic dentistry is not just for the rich and famous and there are reputable dental clinics that offer competitive prices and also allow for payments to be made in installments.

Fact – All procedures should be done by an accredited dental professional
Worryingly, many people think it is safe and acceptable to receive cosmetic dentistry in locations such as beauty salons without a dental professional present. It is in fact illegal for premises such as these to conduct cosmetic procedures without the relevant qualified professional present. To be completely safe, ensure procedures such as Botox, teeth whitening and Invisalign are carried out at reputable private clinics that are known for conducting such procedures to the appropriate standards.

Myth – Teeth whitening weakens your teeth
This is a much-pedalled myth that actually does not refer to professional cosmetic dentistry conducted in the safe environment of a private clinic. Although over the counter products do have the potential to cause damage to enamel when used often and over a long period of time, teeth whitening at clinics is a different process. As the treatment usually consists of just one whitening treatment rather than several applications on a regular basis, your teeth are not continually exposed to products found in commercial shop bought teeth-whitening pastes that can damage your tooth enamel.

Fact – cosmetic dentistry is not just about aesthetics
Treatments and procedures such as dental implants and prosthetics, and invisible braces are used to replace missing teeth and to correct the position of teeth in adults. Although these treatments do have aesthetic value, they are also used when patients experience difficulties caused by their pre-existing problems. Missing teeth or teeth that are crooked can interfere with eating and talking, making it difficult for patients to experience normal oral behaviour. Correcting the appearance of teeth can also enhance a person’s self-confidence which is an often overlooked benefit of cosmetic dentistry.

No matter what procedure or treatment you are contemplating, always consult a professional cosmetic dentist to discuss your options. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and to request examples of previous work completed at their clinic and always discuss the cost of any treatments and appointments before receiving treatment.

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