Surprising Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry can do much more than improve your looks.
In most cases, people turn to cosmetic dentistry for purely aesthetic reasons. They may be looking to correct discolored teeth with whitening, straighten crooked teeth with braces, or cover ugly teeth with veneers. However, even if you believe you are pursuing cosmetic dentistry simply to enjoy a prettier smile, your cosmetic procedure will almost certainly bring other benefits. Here are the top 4 surprising benefits of cosmetic dentistry you may not have considered yet.
Improved Oral Health
Some cosmetic dental treatments—particularly orthodontics—can actually improve your oral health. Tight, crooked teeth tend to trap food and plaque bacteria, which can lead to an increased risk of cavities and gum disease. Straight teeth with normal spacing tend to accumulate less of this bad stuff and are easier to clean as well. Anyone who’s ever struggled to floss between tight, overlapping teeth will testify to this for you! At California Dental Group, we offer both traditional braces and clear Invisalign brace for correcting crooked teeth.
Improved Overall Health
Cosmetic dental procedures can also help improve your overall health in several different ways. First of all, procedures that improve your oral health by helping to prevent cavities can also help reduce the risk of certain conditions like heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and other problems that have been linked to poor oral health. Secondly, procedures that help bring teeth into a healthy alignment can improve the ability to chew food properly, which may improve digestion.
When people feel confident that they look good, they also feel good. Cosmetic dentistry can be extremely beneficial for self-confidence and self-esteem, because a pretty smile is often cited as one of the first things noticed when meeting a new person. Correcting ugly, yellow, crooked, or damaged teeth through cosmetic dentistry allows patients to smile and laugh freely with no fear of how their teeth may be perceived by others.
One final benefit of cosmetic dentistry can be better relationships. In some cases this comes as a direct result of improved self-esteem which enables individuals to be more open and happy in their interactions with others. In other cases the improved relationship has to do with a change in others’ perceptions. For example, an individual who previously had yellow teeth that made them seem old might experience improved work relationships and career prospects after tooth whitening caused colleagues to see them as younger and reinvigorated.
Of course, the benefits of cosmetic dentistry can be different for every patient. Call California Dental Group today to schedule an appointment with a skilled cosmetic dentist and learn how we can help you improve your smile and your life.