Getting a cosmetic dentistry treatment?
Factors To Consider
Everyone would like to have a perfect smile. Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who never needed braces. Still, the rough-and-tumble of life can result in chips. Habits such as smoking or drinking coffee also stain teeth.
Until fairly recently, the average person couldn’t do much about how teeth looked. In the past two decades, however, dental materials and techniques have greatly improved. Now, most people can have almost model-perfect teeth using materials that resist color changes and are almost as strong as the originals.
There’s never been a better time to brighten your smile or fix imperfections. Demand for cosmetic dental procedures is greater than ever. That’s partly because baby boomers with money to spend are looking for ways to feel and look younger.
However, you should keep a few things in mind while making your decision:
- It can be expensive.
- Materials aren’t indestructible. Crowns, inlays and veneers are stronger and more durable than they used to be, but they won’t last forever. They may crack or chip or the cement may weaken. They may have to be redone within 10 to 15 years.
- It’s important to be realistic. Cosmetic dentists are enhancers. They can manipulate, shape and polish materials to create dazzling smiles. What they can’t do is change the shape of your mouth or your overall appearance. In order for tooth restorations to truly look natural, they have to work for you. Cosmetic dentistry can improve your appearance; it won’t completely transform it.
One of the benefits of cosmetic dentistry is that the final results are easy to predict, if only cosmetic problems are being fixed. Whether you decide to have a gap filled, a chip repaired or a stain concealed, you’re unlikely to have unpleasant surprises later. But if the work is more extensive, such as a full mouth reconstruction, then results are not as predictable.