It is no secret that cosmetic dentistry can be expensive. Costs are the reason many people shy away from this kind of dental work. This dental procedure is completely elective, so some may feel guilty putting money toward it. However, even cosmetic procedures have many benefits that completely justify the cost.

What counts as a cosmetic dental procedure?

A cosmetic dental procedure may instantly put you in mind of someone getting a total makeover, complete with a full set of perfect veneers. While veneers are obviously one of the many options available to you, there are so many more possibilities.

Cosmetic dentistry is defined as any dental work that improves the appearance of the teeth. However, many of these procedures actually improve the function of the teeth, so many of today’s ‘cosmetic’ procedures also improve the health of your mouth. So perhaps you shouldn’t look at this as a serious cost, but a real investment.

Composite Fillings

In the past, the only way to fix a cavity was to get a big ‘ol silver filling or silver cap. Those days are gone. Composite fillings are much less noticeable and blend right in with the color of your teeth. Silver is still available, though, which is why composite materials are classified as cosmetic.

The fillings do cost a little more than silver, but they can hardly be seen in your mouth. Aside from the obvious aesthetic benefit, composite fillings often last longer than their metallic counterpart so they can fix your teeth and improve the health of your mouth.

Implants

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root put into the bone beneath your gums and covered with a crown. This procedure is classified as cosmetic, but if you’ve ever had some missing teeth, you will know that it is worth the investment. Implants, first and foremost, improve the appearance of your smile.

Another huge benefit of a dental implant is confidence. When you are missing teeth it is easy to be self-conscious of your smile. You may be embarrassed and not want to make eye contact. Filling in the hole in your mouth can completely change how you feel when you talk and smile, but it also means you won’t get food caught in those openings and you can also reduce the risk of infections.

Veneers

Veneers are generally used to improve the look of your teeth.  The enamel of your tooth is ground down and your dentist bonds a porcelain material over your tooth to cover-up stains, cracks or chips. These are designed to look and feel like real teeth and repair damage that could lead to further complications.

Teeth Straightening

Whether you choose braces or Invisalign, teeth straightening can improve the overall health of your mouth. Straight teeth can be easier to clean and prevent tooth decay. This can also make preventative care easier. Straight teeth also affect a healthy jaw and bite.

Whitening

Teeth whitening will change the aesthetics of your mouth. While it doesn’t necessarily have any health benefits, this cosmetic procedure can boost self-confidence and make you feel better about your appearance. Whitening will get rid of stains and discoloration.

Is it worth the money?

Cosmetic dental work does more than just make your mouth look pretty. The benefits can literally pour out to other aspects of your life, and the health and appearance of your mouth may indeed make it worth the cost.

Confidence

Cosmetic dental work can have a direct impact on your self-confidence. One of the first things a person sees when speaking to you is your mouth. This self- confidence can impact many parts of your life because a positive self-image can help you make friends, land a job and participate in meaningful relationships.

Many people are embarrassed to smile, laugh or talk in front of others because they don’t want their smile to show. Cosmetic dental work is totally worth the cost if it means your true personality can come through and you can be more confident in yourself. Feeling good about yourself is definitely something putting your money toward.

Oral Health

We don’t spend weeks thinking about whether or nor we should take care of that root canal or get those cavities filled. We know it has an impact on our dental health, so we fix it. Many parts of cosmetic dentistry fall in this same category. The dental work may lead to better smile aesthetics, but it can also enhance the function of your teeth.

Straight teeth mean better preventative care because they make flossing much easier. Composite fillings last longer and make teeth stronger. Veneers can save a cracked tooth from completely breaking. An implant can fill in a gap and make eating more comfortable. There are health reasons that justify procedures classified as cosmetic. True, they will make your smile look better, but they will also make your mouth perform better.

Cosmetic dentistry is an investment. It does come with a price tag, but it is money well spent. It is investing in the health of your smile. It is investing in yourself and your overall self-image.