Debunking Four Common Myths About Cosmetic Dentistry

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Common Myths About Cosmetic Dentistry

Studies show that Americans are spending an astonishing $775 million on toothbrushes every single year. If that seems like a lot, realize that experts recommend you replace your toothbrush at least three or four times a year. So, in that regard, it looks like we’re doing just fine.

But sometimes, brushing (and flossing) multiple times per day just isn’t enough. Some people are born with crooked teeth and require professional assistance to help straighten them out. Some are plagued with yellowing teeth. Some are simply missing their teeth altogether.

The cosmetic dentistry industry has been blossoming for years now, and it’s not surprising. Americans like to look good, and 74% of them even believe a healthy-looking smile can lead to lasting success in one’s chosen career path. Along the way, the cosmetic dental world has picked up a certain reputation — one that’s not entirely earned. Here are four of the common myths you may have heard:

Myth #1: I’m too old for cosmetic dentistry

While you should always check with your doctor before deciding to undergo any form of surgery — emergency dentistry, cosmetic dentistry or otherwise — older patients can benefit from cosmetic dental work just the same as younger folks. Because teeth often continue to get worse as a person ages, cosmetic dental work can help a smile look five to 10 years younger simply from a few key procedures, like teeth whitening and even dental implants.

Myth #2: I can’t afford cosmetic dental work because it’s not covered by insurance.

That all depends on the situation. Because cosmetic dentistry often fixes the functionality of the teeth as well as their overall appearance, certain procedures may in fact be covered at least in part by your insurance provider. It’s always worth looking into before you book your next appointment.

Myth #3: I can whiten my teeth just as well with over-the-counter whitening strips.

Good luck trying. The reason certain whitening strips and at-home whitening kits are able to be sold in drugstores is because they’re simply not as powerful as what you’d get inside a cosmetic dentist‘s office. In-person whitening often utilizes peroxide-based agents that only dentists are certified to handle, making them much more effective than anything you’d get at the corner store.

Myth #4: I simply don’t have the time for cosmetic procedures.

Did you know that one whitening session requires only about an hour inside the dentist’s office? That dental implant surgery is advancing to where only one procedure (instead of three) is needed to embed the new root? That the best dentists can have you looking better and more professional with only one visit? These advancements have been made not only for your health, but also because modern life is hectic, and folks are always trying to plan around their busy schedules.

Author Dr. Jonathan McNeil


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