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What Are Pros And Cons of Cosmetic Dentistry?

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When it comes to improving your teeth, you have a wide variety of options available at your disposal. Because of modern technology, cosmetic dentistry has emerged as a commodity to help improve the appearance of teeth. However, you should be aware of both the pros and cons that come with this form of dentistry. There are certainly great cosmetic benefits, but there are also potential drawbacks that you have to consider. Here are the pros and cons of cosmetic dentistry.


Pro: Increased Self-Confidence


The first and perhaps most immediate benefit of cosmetic dentistry is that it will serve as an instant boost to your self-confidence. It is very natural to feel self-conscious about your appearance, and one of the first things that other people will notice about you and your smile is your teeth. Whether it appears crooked or out of place, cosmetic dentistry can correct these issues through means of dental implants or veneers


There are reports that state that having a decrease in self-confidence can negatively hamper one's potential for professional success. However, if you opt to go with cosmetic dentistry, your professional and personal life will change for the better. It is essential to have self-confidence, and cosmetic dentistry is one way that can expedite that process.


Pro: Improved Health


Cosmetic dentistry can also give you a great benefit to your health. You may not realize it at first, but serious conditions such as diabetes and kidney problems can all be attributed to poor oral health. In addition to this, you will also have to worry about conditions that affect the teeth directly such as gingivitis and plaque buildup. 


With the help of cosmetic dentistry, you will be able to better your health in the long run. Also, you will have the added motivation of wanting to take care of your teeth now that you have a better understanding of the complications that comes with poor oral hygiene. Better teeth will equal a better you, and cosmetic dentistry will help in this regard. 


Pro: Helps You Look Younger


If you have healthy looking teeth, you can potentially shave off years from your face, making you look exuberant and youthful. It also isn't a matter of just looking younger but feeling younger as well. You cannot become younger through any medical operation, but your state of mind goes a long way in making you feel younger. There's a common saying that age is just a state of mind. That is true to a certain extent because if you feel younger, you will live as though you are young. 


Con: Price


Of course with all of these benefits, it will often come at a premium price. This can be a major con that could prevent one from getting cosmetic dentistry altogether. Some of the major procedures that may be required to achieve long-lasting results can prove to be very expensive. No matter which dentist you go to, insurance and financing can help cover the costs, but just know that there is a price to pay for cosmetic dentistry. If you are not willing to pay that price, this one con can be a huge detriment. 


Con: Permanence


One may not think this is a con, but if it turns out you made a mistake, there is no going back. Another major con of cosmetic dentistry is that there is a permanent effect on what is done. Therefore, you have to have no doubts about yourself in getting a certain procedure done. 


Many orthodontia requires that you have at least a one-year commitment. Veneers, on the other hand, are irreversible, even though there is an option to replace them. 


Con: Sensitivity to Teeth


Cosmetic dentistry has a great effect on your teeth, but not all of it is good. For example, if you go for a whitening procedure, your teeth can become increasingly sensitive to fluctuating temperatures. As a result, you may also be required to avoid certain foods that will stain your teeth, such as caffeinated beverages and berries.


If you are going into practice for a crowning, drilling into healthy areas of your teeth may also be necessary. This can cause added sensitivity and gum recession. 


Finally, there are other procedures such as periodontal surgery and implants that can increase the risk of post-surgical bleeding and infection in your mouth. With the number of areas that may be exposed in your mouth, this can allow for potential bacteria to infiltrate the surgical site and cause potential inflammation, pain and other signs and symptoms of an infection. 


As you can see, some benefits and risks come with cosmetic dentistry. You should be sure to consider each benefit and risk before deciding to go through with a procedure. If you do decide to opt for something corrective, you should understand that while it can provide you with the self-confidence you may be lacking, it comes at a price and will last for life.

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