What is cosmetic dental care?
Cosmetic dental care focuses on changing the appearance of your teeth, bite, and gums. It can be anything from teeth whitening procedures, to improving the alignment, position, size, colour, and shape of a patient's gums and teeth.
While the main goal of cosmetic dental treatment is to improve the appearance of a patient's smile, cosmetic dental procedures go beyond just 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 aesthetics of our teeth are important, it's important to remember that the primary purpose of our teeth, mouth and oral structures is to eat. A mouth with a set of strong, healthy teeth will make a great deal of difference in your eating habits. Cosmetic treatments such as gum lifts, dental bridges, gum grafts, Invisalign, dental implants, bite reclamation, and tooth reshaping can all make chewing and eating an easier process. This is because these treatments can do things like even out the chewing surface or prevent excess food from getting stuck in misaligned teeth.
- Promoting Oral Hygiene - Many cosmetic procedures require some degree of dental cleaning prior to the actual treatment. Oral prophylaxis removes tartar and stains accumulated by smoking, eating, and drinking. On top of this, most cosmetic dental procedures focus on restoring broken and cracked teeth. These include inlays, onlays, bonding, dental crowns, and veneers. Tooth repair will help protect your tooth from further damage and help prevent decay from affecting other teeth as well.
- Improves Oral Health - Cosmetic dental procedures may help improve oral health by improving your bite, repairing weak teeth, and improving overall function. This may help with preventing more serious dental problems in the future. Your oral health might also have an indirect connection to your overall health, given that food and nutrition get into your body via eating. Thus, improving oral health can alleviate some common health problems, which in turn may translate into better overall health.