Have you read some 'facts' about cosmetic dental services that you're not sure are true? Our dentists in Winnipeg set the record straight regarding some common misconceptions.
Common Myths About Cosmetic Dental Procedures
Some common myths still persist, despite the value of cosmetic dental procedures. Today, we'll clear some of them up.
1. Cosmetic dental procedures only offer aesthetic or cosmetic benefits.
While the term 'cosmetic' may be used to describe these procedures in a nutshell, cosmetic dental services can absolutely contribute to helping restore or improve your oral health.
For example, dental bonding can be used to improve the appearance of discoloured or chipped teeth, but the procedure can also be used to protect exposed tooth roots caused by receding gums. To restore gum tissue, one integral step is to cover the roots. Dental bonding can also help you find relief from sensitive gums, which often accompany gum disease.
With dental implant surgery, we can help restore your smile's appearance by filling the gaps between teeth. Implants also help prevent misalignment problems with surrounding teeth that may shift to fill gaps left by missing teeth. This in turn prevents other oral health problems.
2. Cosmetic dental services are expensive.
Cosmetic dental services have been made somewhat less costly than they once were due to advances in dental technology. If your insurance company deems cosmetic dental services necessary (which may happen if you need a crown or dental implant), your procedure may even be covered.
You'll find that we offer flexible payment options and direct billing to insurance to help you conveniently pay for your procedures at Fort Richmond Dental Centre.
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 today’s cosmetic dental technology, we can offer services to fit your schedule and budget. Many cosmetic dental procedures take just an hour or two and one appointment to improve the appearance of your teeth.
5. Cosmetic dental procedures are unnecessary.
Many cosmetic dental procedures, from veneers to bonding, can be used to fix long-standing dental issues. But what is 'necessary' for you depends not only on your dental health. If a cosmetic dental procedure might help increase your self confidence and thereby your quality of life, it may indeed be 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 Fort Richmond Dental Centre, 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.