The global pandemic forced many countries to go into lockdown and ushered in a new era of remote and hybrid work models. One of the consequences of this was that communication was done mainly through video conferences apps such as Zoom. All that time spent on Zoom made people extremely aware of their smiles. Every flaw was magnified, the effects of poor oral hygiene highlighted. The subsequent “Zoom boom” saw many people head to cosmetic dentists in an effort to make their smiles more beautiful. For those of you who are still thinking about whether or not you should head to a cosmetic dentist, this article is for you. Let’s go through the pros and cons of cosmetic dentistry.
For a lot of people, cosmetic dentistry seems superficial. Yet, how your teeth and smile appear has an immense impact on so many facets of your life. It can affect your chances of getting a job, of finding love, or impact your earning power. Everyone is aware of this and those people who suffer from dental issues find that their self-esteem is affected, further hurting their ability to get work, earn an income and find love, and navigate through a range of other social settings.
There is another reason why cosmetic dentistry is important: ageing comes with a deterioration in the function and look of teeth.The teeth go through wear and tear, yellowing, darkening, cracking, chipping, crowding, shifting, eroding and decaying. Improving the aesthetic of the teeth is not just about improving how they look. It has practical, functional effects. For instance, straightening teeth allows you to take care of them much more effectively. Let’s look at two types of cosmetic dental work to give an idea of the pros and cons of cosmetic dentistry.
Dental implants are surgically implanted in your jawbone and act as roots for missing teeth. They typically take several months for them to heal, after which a crown is placed over each dental implant. They look natural, offer incredible oral support and support your facial features. They combat bone loss, facial sagging and the unflattering effects that come with having missing teeth. They are widely seen as being superior to bridges and dentures.
Dental implant specialists are honest about the pros and cons of dental implants. The pros are clear to see: they are so natural nobody will ever suspect you;ve had work done. If you take care of them, they will last a lifetime. Ultimately, they improve your smile. The cons are that dental implants are expensive, there’s a chance of infection and, as we said, they take several months to heal.
Teeth whitening is probably the stereotypical cosmetic dental procedure. They work especially well when you have straight teeth. These days, you have a choice between whitening your teeth at a dental office, or, using a range of DIY teeth whitening options, such as whitening strips. Teeth whitening is not a once-off affair like getting dental implants. It’s something you will have to do regularly to keep your teeth looking white.
The pros of teeth whitening are that people have so many options to choose from. It’s a noninvasive procedure, which is important for many people who suffer from anxieties. The cons of teeth whitening are that it does not work for certain kinds of stains. It can cause your teeth to become sensitive to temperature. To maintain their colour, you need to stay away from foods and drinks that stain the teeth, such as wine, berries and red sauce.