Yeah, let’s think about cosmetic dentistry, and whether it will suit you or not. Let’s get first what exactly it’s out of the way. The truth is, there’s a lot of cosmetic dentistry. By saying that cosmetic dentistry deals with the cosmetic aspects of your teeth, that is, how your teeth look, you can simplify it. Sacramento Family & Implant Dentistry has some nice tips on this. Of course how your teeth look can mean that your teeth do this or that, but it’s always a secondary consideration. That’s, maybe your teeth are ugly and horrible because you’ve got gum disease and they’re all decaying and so on. Fixing such things would naturally dramatically enhance your look as well as your wellbeing and pain. But it would not fall under the umbrella of cosmetic dentistry to fix those problems. Your teeth do not suffer damage of any kind because of the way they look, but cavities and so on can damage their way they look.
So, cosmetic dentistry is dedicated to making teeth look better — not necessarily feeling better. Now, some aspects of cosmetic dentistry will actually help your teeth feel better, and they will all help you feel better — but it’s actually more closely related to, say, plastic surgery than fixing broken bones etc.
The one true exception to this rule is the dental implant process which is often included in cosmetic dentistry definitions. Dental implants are used when a person actually needs a replaced tooth, that is to say, restored. He has lost a tooth and wants it back and the only way to do that is through the complicated dental implant process. His looks may, of course, be improved along the way, but a new tooth is potentially sufficiently important to make such considerations seem banal.
Another kind of exception is tooth straightening, because there are cases of tooth crookedness that are so bad a person can’t eat as well as otherwise etc. But those cases are very rare, and one straightens one’s teeth in general to look better and feel better about oneself.
The things people usually think of when thinking about cosmetic dentistry include tooth whitening, tooth building (or reconstruction), veneers and so on. Rebuilding a tooth is not the same as replacing it — rebuilding a tooth means applying a substance to a worn-down or unusually small front tooth in a way that makes it bigger, more visible, more attractive. When you’re struggling with veneers, the dentist grounds the front tooth to a nub and then substitutes it with a much better, larger, whiter replacement. When you ask yourself: Is cosmetic dentistry for me right? Therefore, all types of aspects come into action. Which cosmetic dentistry do you need? Are you losing a tooth, is your missing tooth causing such pain to your existence (when you eat steak, say) that you’re able to go to some extent to fix it?
No, this is the kind of problem that extends to all fields of cosmetic dentistry, including fairly mild ones like whitening of the teeth. Tooth whitening is probably the most popular, the simplest, the least expensive of cosmetic dentistry services provided. But you do have to remind yourself: are my teeth so discolored because of them, that my self-esteem suffered a severe blow? Is there something I want to spend money on that some people would consider trivial? And so on. Now the truth is that having whiter teeth for purposes of self-esteem is not a frivolous issue. The service is affordable, and if you obey the instructions of your dentist it is free, ensuring that for certain people the benefits of teeth whitening greatly exceed the hassles.