99.7% of American adults believe that the smile is an important aspect in social life. This explains why cosmetic dentistry is on an up and rising trend. Cosmetic dentists use different tactics to improve the appearance/aesthetics of a smile, but not necessarily the function. From teeth whitening to dental implants, there are many different ways to improve the appearance of the smile. This article lists six benefits to having cosmetic dentistry performed.
Whiter and brighter teeth. The most common procedure performed in cosmetic dentistry is teeth whitening and/or bleaching. This procedure alone has raised by over 300% in the last five years. Having this done can help the teeth become whiter and brighter than they were before.
Raise self-esteem. For those patients who have teeth that are discolored, misshapen, or have missing teeth, this can lower how they feel about themselves. Having these issues fixed and improving the appearance of the smile can help to raise the patient's self-esteem.
Improve social life. If a patient does feel bad about themselves and how their smile looks, this can lessen their desire to spend time with friends or attend social functions. When the patient feels better about their smile, they may be more prone to spend time with others and meet new people.
Helps to look more professional and increase work performance. For anybody who works in a professional industry, having misshapen, discolored, or uneven teeth can look unprofessional and may prevent them from improving and advancing in their job. Especially for one who interacts with clients and/or customers, it is important that they look professional. Getting any number of cosmetic dental procedures performed can help increase their professional appearance. In turn, this can help them to improve and advance more quickly in their work place.
Strengthen the bones in the jaw. Teeth help to support the jaw bone. Because of this, when several teeth are missing, the jaw bone will eventually begin to deteriorate. Having dental implants placed into the jaw to replace these missing teeth can help to support the jaw bone and prevent it from deteriorating.
Improve overall health. If there are issues in the mouth that are left untreated, this can lead to infections that might spread throughout the body. It has also been shown that issues in the mouth are related to other issues throughout the body, such as heart disease and diabetes.
It is important to keep in mind that cosmetic dentistry is not meant to replace regular dental care. Brushing and using mouthwash twice a day is always recommended as well as flossing once a day.