Cosmetic dentistry is a broad term that simply defines the act of dentistry or dental procedures to create an aesthetic effect… or in most peoples minds, a great smile.
But all dentistry should be directed at three things… Function, stability, and aesthetics, with “function” being number 1, and stability number 2.
There are cosmetic dentistry techniques which are safe, easy, cheap, and dramatic… like teeth bleaching. There are dental treatments that result in great long term stability, but are expensive, and potential quite long in duration… like braces to fix a crooked line of teeth.
Where cosmetic dentistry is potentially wrong, is where it is purely employed for cosmetic purposes, and where it can have a severe impact on the long term health of your teeth or bite.
We all want a perfect line of teeth, where when we smile, we have people smile back at us.
But teeth are to be kept for a lifetime. Like the cat with nine lives, teeth also have a finite number of fillings, crowns, gum treatments or bleaches before our efforts to keep them ultimately lead to us also losing them.
If you are considering cosmetic dentistry, then do your research. Thoroughly. Getting white straight teeth, can not only be financially expensive, but it can biilogically expensive too.
Seek multiple opinions, see as many before-and-afters as you can, ask questions, and don't get carried away with making a spontaneous decision that can carry a lifetime of regret.
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