Improving your appearance through cosmetic dentistry gives you more confidence. But cosmetic treatments offer more than just aesthetic value. Most procedures are both restorative and cosmetic. However, you can get a lot more benefits from cosmetic procedures than just looking great. Cosmetic dentistry also offers many benefits for your overall oral health.
Teeth Straightening Improves Your Oral Health
When teeth are crowded or you have a dental malocclusion, it’s hard to brush and floss efficiently. When teeth are lined up as they should be, they are much easier to clean and keep clean. This reduces the risk of suffering tooth decay and gum disease. Invisalign clear removable braces can be used by adults and teens to achieve better alignment and improve your oral health.
Dental Implants Strengthen Your Jaw
Dental implants are a tooth replacement option that is considered cosmetic. While they effectively improve your appearance by replacing missing teeth, they also have oral health benefits. The jaw and bone can deteriorate when you are missing teeth. Teeth are necessary for stimulating the jaw and keeping it stable. Implants include surgically implanted titanium posts that act as a prosthetic root that stimulates the jaw and provides stability, This allows you to speak, smile, and eat with ease.
Reduce Risks of Gum Disease
When you have excess gum tissue, you’ll have what is called a “gummy smile.” Gum contouring is often used in cosmetic dentistry to remove the extra gum tissue. This gives you a more natural appearance and a full, balanced smile. But gum contouring can also help reduce the risk of gum disease as it removes places where bacteria tend to hide. The procedure is permanent and safe. With extra gum tissue out of the way, brushing and flossing are more effective.
Cosmetic Procedures and Healthy Teeth
You notice how chipped teeth, missing teeth, cavities, swollen gums, or a crooked bite affect your smile. These are all correctible through cosmetic procedures. But when they are not treated properly, they can lead to other oral health problems.
- Cracked or chipped teeth increase the risks of tooth loss and decay.
- Crooked teeth can lead to cavities, TMJ pain, uneven teeth, and gum disease.
- Missing teeth can lead to bone loss, tooth decay, and disease.
- Cavities can cause painful toothaches and dangerous infections if allowed to progress into the inner layers of a tooth.
- Swollen gums can often be a sign of gum disease and can lead to chronic bad breath, tooth sensitivity, and gum recession.
Smiling Improves Your Health
When you feel great about your smile, it can increase your happiness and your health. When you smile, stress-fighting chemicals rush to your brain. Research indicates that small amounts of those feel-good chemicals like endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine, are released each time you smile. This can help lower your heart rate and your blood pressure. Also, these chemicals are also great at relieving pain naturally. So, when cosmetic dentistry increases how many times you smile each day, your overall wellness improves too!
Contact Dr. Kim Lee at San Pablo Dental Care
Dr. Lee, dentist at San Pablo Dental Care provides cosmetic dental treatments that can help you look and feel better. Call our offices today to schedule your consultation. We understand that your smile is a reflection of you, and having a beautiful, healthy smile has an impact on your quality of life. Let us help you maintain your self-esteem and good oral health.