Are there any oral health benefits to cosmetic dentistry?

December 6, 2019 by Dr Gurs Sehmi

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Often we think of cosmetic dentistry as a purely aesthetic pursuit.

This is a common misconception. Cosmetic dentistry doesn’t just help improve your confidence and the appearance of your smile.

Many treatments help to improve the functionality as well as the health of your teeth and gum

Poor oral health can lead to tooth decay and gum disease

Many of us aren’t informed that failure to look after your teeth properly can eventually lead to diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems and even oral cancer.

Additionally, there is evidence to show that poor oral health actually contributes to frequent headaches and joint pain…

Usually, when people have cosmetic dentistry their oral health improves in 2 ways:

Directly

If you have gaps in your teeth, then it makes cleaning your teeth more difficult and less effective.

If teeth are overlapping then it creates more places for plaque to build up.

An uneven bite means an uneven distribution of strain when chewing, e.g. more work for particular teeth. Ultimately this could lead to more wear or even worse damage to your teeth.

Having cosmetic surgery to close these gaps means you are less likely to experience tooth decay as a result of poor oral health.

Care factor

It is likely that if you go to the effort of having cosmetic dentistry you will feel more proud of your teeth and as a result you will put more energy into brushing and looking after your teeth with proper care.

This will ultimately boost your oral health.

More regular check-ups

After you have cosmetic dentistry treatment, you will be advised to come back for regular check-ups to monitor the effectiveness of the treatment.

Everyone can benefit from more appointments with their dentist, and seeing your dentist more frequently means it is more likely they will detect any other oral health issues and be able to implement solutions to improve things quicker.

Click here to read 5 tips on enhancing your oral health. 

What treatment is right for me?

With advances in cosmetic dentistry, there are plenty of options available to improve your smile and oral health.

No longer limited to ‘train track’ braces the number of different braces types is just one example of the vast advancements in cosmetic dentistry that means we can apply effective, affordable and fast solutions to improve your smile.

Book a free consultation with one of our qualified dentists in who can advise you appropriately on treatments available to you.

 

Medically Reviewed By:

Dr Gurs Sehmi

Reviewed by Dr Gurs Sehmi

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