Have you heard some "facts" about cosmetic dental services that are making you a bit doubtful? Here, our Slave Lake dentists set the record straight about some common misconceptions about cosmetic dental procedures.
Common Myths About Cosmetic Dental Procedures
Despite the value of cosmetic dental procedures, some common myths abound. Today, we want to clear some of them up.
1. Cosmetic dental procedures are purely cosmetic.
While the term "cosmetic" is used to describe these procedures, in many ways these treatments actually contribute to improving and restoring the health and function of your smile.
For example, while dental bonding can be used to improve the appearance of chipped or discoloured teeth, it can also be used to protect exposed tooth roots due to receding gums. Covering those roots is an integral step in restoring gum tissue – and helping you feel relief from gum sensitivity that often accompanies gum disease.
Dental implant surgeries can help to restore gaps in your smile, restoring its appearance. This also serves a very functional purpose, though. Implants prevent surrounding teeth from shifting out of position to fill a gap, in turn preventing the development of further oral health issues.
2. Cosmetic dental services are expensive.
Thanks to advancements in dental technology, cosmetic dental services have become a bit less costly than they have been in the past. If cosmetic dental services are deemed necessary by your insurance company, they may even be covered by your plan.
At Slave Lake Dental, we also offer flexible payment options to help you conveniently pay for your procedures.
3. Teeth whitening damages teeth.
When done correctly and under the supervision of your dentist, teeth whitening is considered safe, and the risk of damage to your teeth is quite low. Your dentist will evaluate your dental health before teeth whitening treatment to determine whether it can be done safely and effectively on your teeth.
4. Cosmetic dental procedures take a long time.
With the cosmetic dental technology in our clinic, we can offer services to fit your schedule and budget. Many cosmetic dental procedures can take as little as an hour or two and only one appointment to alter the appearance of your teeth.
5. Cosmetic dental procedures are unnecessary.
Many cosmetic dental procedures, including bonding and veneers, can actually be used to solve long-standing dental issues. What is "necessary" for you, however, depends on your dental health. If a cosmetic procedure can help to increase your confidence in your smile, too, it may be considered necessary.
6. Cosmetic dental procedures are painful.
Our dentists strive to make every appointment as comfortable as possible. Many cosmetic procedures are minimally invasive and involve very little pain for the patient. Though your mouth may feel sensitive for a short time following some procedures, this should fade quickly.
7. Your results won’t appear natural-looking.
At Slave Lake Dental, we use modern technology and processes to help us achieve the most natural-looking results we can for your smile. Whether you are looking into teeth whitening, veneers or another cosmetic dental procedure, ask us how we can help you reach your smile goals.