Don’t Believe These 5 Persistent Cosmetic Dentistry Myths

May 24, 2024

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Even though you’re bothered by the way your teeth look, you’re reluctant to pursue cosmetic dentistry because of some of the things you’ve heard about it. However, it’s important to note that there are quite a few myths about cosmetic dentistry floating around – and you shouldn’t let misinformation stand between you and the smile of your dreams. Read on to get the facts behind the 5 cosmetic dentistry myths listed below.

Myth 1: Cosmetic Dentistry Always Means Making Major Changes

Some people assume that cosmetic dentistry always involves a drastic transformation of the smile. But while this is certainly an option, the fact of the matter is that plenty of cosmetic dental treatments involve only making simple improvements to the teeth. For example, with cosmetic dental bonding, it’s possible to correct small chips and cracks in just one appointment.

Myth 2: Teeth Whitening Can Damage Your Teeth

It is true that misuse or overuse of over-the-counter whitening products can have an adverse effect on your teeth. However, this is not an issue with professional whitening, which is considered much safer. Your dentist will check the state of your smile to confirm that you can have teeth whitening performed without issue, and they’ll use proven techniques that keep the risk of unwanted side effects to a minimum.

Myth 3: The Only Solution for Crooked Teeth is Wearing Braces

Braces are often the first treatment that comes to mind when it comes to straightening teeth, but they’re not necessarily your only option. In cases where your teeth are only slightly crooked, you may be able to get the results you want with veneers. These thin shells can be used to cover specific teeth, causing them to look straighter and effectively hiding your misalignment issues.

Myth 4: Cosmetic Dentistry Looks Fake

If you’ve never had cosmetic dentistry performed before, you may be worried that people will be able to tell that you had work done. The fact of the matter is that modern cosmetic dentistry takes advantage of materials that can be expertly customized to match the appearance of your teeth; as such, you can expect the results of your treatment to be very natural-looking.

Myth 5: Cosmetic Dentistry Means Giving Up Your Unique Smile

Some people fear that if they undergo cosmetic dentistry, they will lose what makes their smiles unique. Fortunately, the process is highly customizable, allowing you to choose what changes you do – and don’t – want to make. For instance, cosmetic dentistry can be used to close small gaps in your grin. However, if you like the way a gap looks and want to keep it, your dentist will take that into account when planning your treatment.

About the Author

Dr. Sheri McIntosh went to the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for her Doctor of Dental Surgery, and she is a proud member of the North Texas Dental Society. She is the practice owner of Distinguished Dental in Fort Worth, which offers various cosmetic dentistry treatments such as veneers and teeth whitening. To schedule a consultation with Dr. McIntosh, visit her website or call (817) 337-8300.

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