Why Many Cosmetic Dentistry Proceedures Aren’t Just About Looks

It’s true: Cosmetic dentistry can help you get the dazzling smile you want, with custom treatments tailored specifically to your goals. But cosmetic treatments go far beyond aesthetics. They offer other important benefits, too.

As a leading cosmetic dentist in Waterford, Michigan, Marvin Taylor, DDS, uses an individualized approach to treat patients at Dr. Taylor’s Family Dental Center, helping them enjoy their best smile ever. In this post, Dr. Taylor offers an overview of five non-aesthetic benefits associated with many cosmetic dentistry treatments.

1. Supports better oral health

Along with regular dental visits, brushing and flossing are the cornerstones of good oral health. Brushes and floss work best when your teeth are regularly spaced and shaped. When teeth are crowded or out of alignment, brushing, and flossing can be much more difficult, which means areas of your teeth and gums aren’t getting clean. 

Many cosmetic treatments normalize the spacing between your teeth, so brushing and flossing can be more effective in removing food particles and plaque. Better at-home care can help reduce your risks of cavities and gum disease, a leading cause of adult tooth loss. Plus, it can keep your breath a lot fresher, too.

2. Improves bite balance

If you have a chipped or missing tooth, your bite can change dramatically. Even though you might not notice the change at first, over time, you can develop problems like chronic jaw pain, facial pain, and headaches.

An unbalanced bite also leads to uneven wear and strain on your teeth, increasing the risks of tooth cracks and cavities. By restoring or replacing damaged or missing teeth, cosmetic treatments can help balance your bite, preventing painful consequences and helping you speak and chew normally.  

3. Strengthens teeth

Cosmetic bonding, veneers, and crowns are all possible treatments for teeth with minor cracks or tiny fissures. Not only can these options improve the way your damaged tooth looks, but they also strengthen the tooth to help prevent future problems. Plus, by covering up the crack, your cosmetic restoration can help prevent germs from entering the central “pulp” part of your tooth, providing a barrier to help keep your tooth healthy.

Bonding and veneers can also be a great choice for people with thin or worn enamel. By strengthening your natural enamel, you can give your teeth an extra layer of protection to help prevent future tooth problems.

4. Improves self-confidence

While the other benefits on this list focus on improvements in your oral health, cosmetic treatments also help improve your confidence and self-esteem — a major benefit that can’t be overlooked. Since your smile is often the first thing people notice, making sure your smile looks healthy and beautiful can be a huge confidence booster. 

It also helps you present an image of a person who’s healthy and invested in their well-being. Pretty much every cosmetic treatment can help you feel more confident, including our state-of-the-art whitening treatments that can be completed in about an hour.

5. Improve your future oral health

When your smile looks its best, it’s natural to want to do all you can to keep it looking that way. After cosmetic treatment, many patients find they take better care of their teeth to ensure they continue to reap the benefits.

Invest in yourself and your future

Improving your smile is an investment in your oral health and your confidence, too. To learn more about the cosmetic treatments we offer, call 248-681-8100 or book an appointment online at Dr. Taylor’s Family Dental Center today.

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