Cosmetic dentistry is growing in popularity. Partly, new technology and techniques are making it more accessible than ever. However, it’s also growing in popularity because people are realizing just how much of a difference cosmetic dentistry can make in your life.
Here are some of the reasons why cosmetic dentistry might be a good choice for you.
You Are Unhappy with Your Smile
Most importantly, cosmetic dentistry should be for you and your happiness. You’re the one who is going to see your smile first thing in the morning and the last thing at night. It’s your smile and you should be happy with it. If you’re not, you’re less likely to be happy in your life. Our smile is an important part of our personal identity–if you don’t like it, it’s harder to like yourself.
Plus, being unhappy with your smile can make you stifle it. This can make you unhappy, because smiling can make us happier. If you’re not happy with your smile, it’s the best reason to get cosmetic dentistry.
You Dislike Others’ Responses to Your Smile
Other times, we might not be aware of a problem in our smile until we see others’ responses to it. It’s supposed to be that when we smile, the whole world smiles with us, bit if you’re getting the opposite reaction, it can be very hurtful.
You don’t want to make a change just to make others happy. But if their reactions are making you unhappy, it might be time to consider a change.
You Think Your Smile Is Holding You Back
When people have negative reactions to your smile, it can lead to more than just an instantaneous bad reaction. It can cause them to treat you differently in a very negative way.
Studies have shown that people with attractive smiles are considered not just more handsome, but also smarter, friendlier, and more successful. They’re also more likely to be offered a job, and likely to get a higher salary offer.
In personal relationships, too, your smile can be an obstacle. People are less likely to want to go on a second date with someone who has an unattractive smile, and both men and women list an attractive smile as the top thing they’re looking for in a date.
So if you think that people’s negative responses to your smile are having a lasting impact on your personal and professional relationships, it might be time to consider cosmetic dentistry.
You Have Oral Health Problems
It’s a mistake to think that cosmetic dentistry is just about making your smile pretty. That’s definitely part of the goal, but when it comes to your teeth, a healthy smile is a beautiful smile. Cosmetic dentistry can improve the health of your smile as well as the appearance.
Decayed and discolored teeth should be repaired. Old restorations may not just look unattractive, they might be weakening your tooth and fostering decay. If your teeth look constantly gray or yellow and don’t respond to the whitening you get at the store, they might be badly eroded and in danger of chipping or cracking.
The advanced materials used in cosmetic dentistry veneers and crowns don’t just beautify your teeth, they can restore them and protect them from future damage. That means your new smile will be both beautiful and healthy.
You Have a Bad Bite
One major health problem that may be improved partly with cosmetic dentistry is a bad bite, which can contribute to TMJ. If you have a bad bite, your teeth may repeatedly chip or crack. They may also get badly worn down.
Cosmetic dentistry alone isn’t a solution to this–your new restorations may just get chipped, cracked, and worn like your natural teeth. However, it can be part of the solution. Using neuromuscular dentistry, we can determine the optimal configuration of your bite. We can help your jaw achieve this optimal configuration using TENS–a kind of electric massage that relaxes your jaw muscles–and an orthotic, which holds your jaw in its healthy position.
Once we’ve identified the healthiest position for your jaw, cosmetic dentistry can repair previous damage to your teeth and hold your jaw in position without the orthotic.
What Is Your Reason for Cosmetic Dentistry?
Obviously, there are many potential benefits of cosmetic dentistry. If you get cosmetic dentistry, you can enjoy all these and more.