Cosmetic dental care goes beyond simply making your teeth look good. Our Winnipeg dental team explains more about how these procedures can help with oral hygiene and more.
What is cosmetic dental care?
Cosmetic dental care focuses on changing the appearance of the teeth, bite, and gums. It can be anything from teeth whitening procedures, to improving the alignment, position, size, colour, and shape of a patient's gums and teeth.
Most patients undergo cosmetic dental care with the hope that their teeth will look better once treatment is complete. While this is the ultimate goal, cosmetic dental procedures go beyond your looks.
Cosmetic dental procedures not only change the appearance of your smile, they may also enhance oral function, promote oral hygiene, and improve your oral health.
What else can cosmetic dental procedures do?
- Enhance Oral Function - Although the aesthetics of our teeth are important, it's important to remember that the primary purpose of our teeth, mouth and oral structures is eating. Habing a set of strong, healthy teeth can make a great deal of difference in your eating habits. If your teeth aren’t aligned, eating might be uncomfortable with food debris getting stuck between your molars. Certain cosmetic dental treatments can help address many of these issues to benefit your oral function. These include gum lifts, dental bridges, gum grafts, Invisalign, dental implants, bite reclamation, and tooth reshaping. Through these procedures, you’ll likely find that eating becomes easier.
- Promoting Oral Hygiene - Many cosmetic procedures require some amount of dental cleaning prior to the actual treatment. Preventive oral cleaning removes tartar and stains accumulated by smoking, eating, and drinking. Additionally, many cosmetic dental procedures focus on restoring broken and cracked teeth. These tooth-restoring cosmetic procedures include inlays, onlays, bonding, crowns, and veneers. These can help protect your tooth from further damage and help prevent decay from affecting other teeth as well.
- Improves Oral Health - Cosmetic dental procedures may help improve oral health by improving your bite, repairing weak teeth, and improving overall function. This may help with preventing more serious dental problems in the future. Improving your oral health can alleviate some common health problems, which in turn may translate into better overall health.