Thinking about improving the appearance of your smile? Put your knowledge of cosmetic dentistry to the test with these five true or false questions!
1. True or False: Cosmetic dentistry procedures are relatively pain-free.
Answer: True. For many cosmetic procedures, such as professional teeth whitening, you can expect the treatment to be painless and minimally invasive. Should you require a procedure that is a bit more intensive, however, you still don’t need to worry! Advancements in modern medicine have allowed for developments in sedation, anesthesia, and technology that limit your discomfort. These days, procedures are safer, easier, and have a much shorter recovery period!
2. True or False: Cosmetic dentistry is very expensive.
Answer: False. This is actually a common misconception about cosmetic dentistry. For procedures that have both cosmetic and restorative benefits to your smile (such as dental implants or crowns), you may be surprised to find that dental insurance companies chip in to cover the cost. Also, these days, cosmetic procedures are completed much more efficiently due to advances in technology. Therefore, you can expect them to be much more affordable as well.
3. True or False: Cosmetic dentistry will make your teeth look just like everyone else’s.
Answer: False. The goal of cosmetic procedures is to give you a beautiful smile that is right for you! This means that we customize crowns, implants, and veneers to each individual patient, so that your smile suits you perfectly. And if you like a particular aspect of your smile—such as a gap—we can absolutely keep those unique features intact. Finally, we also ensure that treatments like fillings and bonds blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth. So you can expect your smile to look beautiful and completely natural.
4. True or False: Cosmetic dentistry is often necessary for your oral health.
Answer: True. One of the best aspects of cosmetic dentistry is that it can both improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile while also restoring the structure of your teeth and improving your oral health. For example, a procedure to fix a broken tooth will also help you to prevent tooth decay down the road. Dental implants and bridges replace missing and/or severely decayed teeth, which also can improve your chewing mechanisms, speech, and more. So not only do these procedures make your smile look great, they improve your health too!
5. True or False: Cosmetic dentistry can be extremely damaging to your natural teeth.
Answer: False. Particularly when it comes to porcelain veneers, there are many myths floating around that procedures completely damage your natural teeth. However, you may be surprised to find that it is quite important to us to keep as much of your natural, healthy dental structure intact as possible. Therefore, we only minimally alter your teeth to fit devices such as veneers. For teeth that are already heavily damaged, however, we may need to make some more intensive repairs in order to restore the structure of your smile.
Think cosmetic dentistry may be a good option for you? Call TruBlu Dentistry today to schedule a consultation! We’ll help you get on track to getting your best possible smile.