The Social and Health Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry

The Social and Health Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry
Posted on 03/21/2018
This is the image for the news article titled The Social and Health Benefits of Cosmetic DentistryYour smile is one of the first things people notice about you. It can help you ingratiate yourself with a total stranger, diffuse tension in a tough situation or bring happiness to someone's day.

Sadly, more than 33 percent of American adults are unsatisfied with their smile, according to a 2012 study. These participants feel they may be missing out on social connections, job opportunities and love interests as a result. On the positive side, there is a solution for unhappy smilers – cosmetic dentistry.

Public Opinion on Cosmetic Dental Procedures

According to a 2016 survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, most people appreciate the benefits of cosmetic dentistry. Among the people surveyed, 86 percent felt cosmetic dental procedures were an appropriate use of technology. Additionally, many of the survey respondents had witnessed the positive effects of cosmetic dentistry firsthand, with 23 percent knowing a friend or family member who altered their smile and 11 percent having done so themselves.

There are a multitude of reasons people opt for cosmetic dentistry, and no one motivation is better than any other. If you're just considering these procedures for the first time, this blog post can give you a good idea of the benefits you can expect from these life-changing procedures.

More Beautiful Smile

The primary function of cosmetic dentistry is to improve the appearance of your smile. There are a variety of ways a dentist or orthodontist can do this, including:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Veneers
  • Crowns (caps)
  • Bridges
  • Implants
  • Removable dentures
  • Inlays and onlays
  • Natural-looking fillings
  • Braces or aligners
Some of these improvements can last upwards of 10 years, with implants potentially lasting a lifetime if properly maintained, so cosmetic dentistry is truly worth the investment.

Youthful Appearance

Cosmetic dentistry can give the impression of reverse aging because it covers up many of the flaws that occur over a person's lifetime. Teeth yellowing from drinking tea and coffee, chipping from nightly tooth grinding and missing teeth from accidents or tooth rot can all betray your age. Restoring your teeth to their original appearance makes you look much younger by comparison.

Additionally, when we fix our dental flaws, we are often more prone to showing off our pearly whites. This is good news, since the act of smiling itself can make us look younger. According to a study published in PLOS One, people are perceived as younger than they really are when they smile rather than making a neutral facial expression. This age-defying effect is magnified for older adults aged 40 to 65.

Self-Esteem Boost

When we feel more confident in our physical appearance, that confidence radiates. People who have had cosmetic dental procedures may feel inclined to smile more often because they are proud of their teeth. Smiling can provide many benefits, such as improvement in mood and reduction of stress, both of which make it easier to be the best version of yourself.

Cosmetic dental services may also help with the negative social effects of having an atypical smile. For example, our younger patients may experience bullying because of the way their teeth look, which can affect their ability to make friends and lower their self-esteem. Cosmetic dentistry provides a potential solution to these sorts of problems.

Increased Opportunities

Though we teach kids not to judge one another by appearances, adults aren't so great at practicing what they preach. In fact, reacting to a person's appearance may be hard-wired into our brains. The concept known as "beauty bias" or "the attractiveness stereotype" states that people attribute positive qualities to people who are perceived as more attractive - whether they actually possess those qualities or not.

In other words, if you're a good-looking person, people may think you're smarter, more capable or a better leader than you really are. This can affect the schooling and employment opportunities that come your way.

Reduced Pain

Malocclusions, or misaligned teeth, can cause headache-like pain. Teeth that don't meet at the right spot can cause muscle tension as you must move your jaw to the side or skew your bite to the front or back of your mouth due to the misalignment. Over time, this can make your jaw ache, and the pain can radiate up to your temples. Having your teeth properly aligned through cosmetic dentistry eliminates the cause of the pain. Many patients see a reduction in the frequency and severity of their headaches after undergoing dental cosmetic treatment.

Better Dental Health

Although cosmetic dentistry is meant to improve looks, it can also inspire patients to improve their dental health long after their procedure. For example, if you are ecstatic with the results of your teeth whitening, you may be more hesitant to smoke or drink beverages known to stain the teeth. For more invasive procedures like single-tooth implants, crowns and bridgework, the benefits can be two-fold. Yes, your smile will look more complete, but these treatments can also protect jaw bone health and prevent gum disease.

Cosmetic Dental Procedures With Ballas Dental Care

Everyone wants a dazzling smile, but some of us have to work harder to achieve it than others! If you are embarrassed or ashamed of your smile or you simply want to upgrade your pearly whites, you may want to consider cosmetic dentistry.

The friendly dentists at Ballas Dental Care will work with you to find the perfect solution for your smile. First, we will conduct a regular dental exam to make sure there are no underlying oral hygiene issues at play. Then, we will guide you through all your cosmetic dentistry options.

 Ballas Dental Care also offers quality general dentistry services, so we can cover all your dental health needs in one place. Call us today at 314-432-5544 to schedule your first appointment.