What is cosmetic dental care?
Cosmetic dentistry is concerned with improving the appearance of teeth, bites, and gums. It can range from teeth whitening procedures to improving a patient's gums and teeth's alignment, position, size, colour, and shape.
Most patients undergo cosmetic dental care with the hope that their teeth will look better once treatment is complete. While this is the ultimate goal, cosmetic dental procedures go beyond your looks.
Cosmetic dental procedures not only change the appearance of your smile, but 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 appearance of our teeth is important, we must remember that the primary function of our teeth, mouth and oral structures are to eat. A mouth full of strong, healthy teeth will make a significant difference in your eating habits. Consider an elderly man who has difficulty chewing. Consider having a toothache and having to starve yourself for a week or two while living solely on smoothies. Eating may be difficult if your teeth are misaligned, as food chunks become lodged between your molars. Many of these issues can be addressed with cosmetic dental treatments to improve your oral function. Gum lifts, dental bridges, gum grafts, Invisalign, dental implants, bite reclamation, and tooth reshaping are some of the procedures available. You will most likely find that eating becomes easier as a result of these procedures.
- Promoting Oral Hygiene - Many cosmetic procedures necessitate some level of dental cleaning before treatment. Tartar and stains caused by smoking, eating, and drinking are removed by oral prophylaxis. Furthermore, the majority of cosmetic dental procedures focus on restoring broken and cracked teeth. Inlays, onlays, bonding, crowns, and veneers are examples of these. Tooth repair will protect your tooth from further damage and will help prevent decay from spreading to other teeth.
- Improves Oral Health - Cosmetic dental procedures can help improve your oral health by improving your bite, repairing weak teeth, and overall function. This may aid in the prevention of more serious dental issues in the future. Because food and nutrition enter your body through your mouth, your oral health may have an indirect relationship to your overall health. Thus, improving oral health can help to alleviate some common health issues, which may lead to better overall health.