If the appearance of your teeth makes you want to hide, we offer the hope to restore your smile! Cosmetic dentistry offers many great benefits in both your personal and professional lives.
Understanding the benefit of cosmetic dentistry can help you understand why it’s a good investment, and why you shouldn’t wait to take advantage of it.
Oral Health Benefits
Straight Teeth Reduce Your Risk of Gum Disease
Straight teeth are important to an attractive smile. Crooked teeth cause people to make assumptions about you and your oral health. Some of this is justified, because crooked teeth can potentially impact your oral health.
Crooked teeth are a lot harder to clean than straight teeth. They can trap food and make it hard for you to get a toothbrush or floss into all the critical areas. You might end up with plaque–a combination of oral bacteria and food residue–building up. Over time, this can increase your risk of gum disease, as well as tooth decay.
Clinical studies show that orthodontics can potentially decrease your risk of gum disease by almost half.
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Plus these tooth-colored fillings don’t contain mercury the way metal amalgam does. Mercury is a highly toxic metal, and it can potentially impact your oral and overall health.
A Whole Smile Is Healthier
A missing tooth is probably the most obvious cosmetic complaint people have about their smiles. But this is more than a cosmetic defect. If you are missing a tooth, it can cause your other natural teeth to drift, leading to crooked teeth. With the large amount of space left by a missing tooth, your teeth can even tip over, which can lead to force on your teeth from an angle where the tooth is weak. This makes it more likely to get chipped and broken.
Sure, a dental flipper can hold the space and keep teeth upright, but a dental implant is much healthier by far–it supports itself and doesn’t need support from your natural teeth. This means it won’t decrease the expected life of your other teeth.
Personal Life Benefits
Your most important relationship is with yourself. It’s the honest truth that no-one cares as much about the appearance of your smile as you do, but that doesn’t mean it’s unimportant. Every morning and every night, you have to look at yourself in the mirror, and if you don’t like what you see, it’s going to impact your self-image and your self-confidence.
Low self-confidence can make it hard to inspire yourself to do even the routine things on your schedule, let alone pursue your grandest plans and hopes and dreams. Greater confidence can put you on the path toward greater achievement.
Surveys show that both women and men place a high importance on an attractive smile when choosing potential dates. Many also say that this is a key factor in deciding whether to go on a second date with someone or not.
Improved self-confidence helps here, too. The better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to talk to someone that you are interested in–and might be interested in you.
A More Kissable Mouth
As we mentioned above, cosmetic dentistry can improve your oral health. One of the common symptoms of gum disease is halitosis (bad breath), caused by anaerobic bacteria infecting your teeth and gums. If you can keep halitosis under control, it can make people more eager to kiss you.
Even treatments like teeth whitening can make your smile look healthier. That way, your smile won’t give the appearance of poor health, which could cause people to decide they don’t want to kiss you, even if there’s no unpleasant smell.
Professional benefits of cosmetic dentistry are related to the so-called “beauty dividend.” This theory has been put forward by evolutionary economists, who claim that a more attractive appearance is favored because it signals healthy genes. This genetic benefit is rewarded not just in selecting romantic partners, but in social hierarchies. In fact, studies show that people with a more attractive smile might earn as much as 4% more over their lifetime.
Here’s how that works on a microeconomic scale.
More Likely to Be Hired
Offered a Higher Salary
The Magnitude of the Beauty Dividend
How Could You Benefit from Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry offers many potential benefits for you, including health benefits, personal benefits, and professional benefits. Which benefits are you looking forward to most?
Please call (918) 528-3330 today for an appointment with the Tulsa dentist Dr. Meghan Hodges.