If you’ve ever looked in the bathroom mirror and wished for a perfect smile, you aren’t alone—many people today desire to have straighter and whiter teeth, which has led to cosmetic dentistry emerging as a popular solution. As a matter of fact, recent studies done by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry estimate that the amount of money spent on cosmetic dentistry has doubled in the last five years! However, you might be wondering if some of these treatments are not only effective, but safe. Under the care of a responsible dentist, cosmetic dentistry is totally harmless for qualifying patients; here’s what it is and why it’s safe.
What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is exactly what it sounds like—it emphasizes the improvement of your mouth and teeth’s appearance. There are a lot of things that can cause teeth to become discolored, misshapen, or misaligned; trauma, aging, and genetics are just a few. Cosmetic dentistry offers many different solutions to remedy certain imperfections that might be present in your smile.
Is Cosmetic Dentistry Safe?
If you’re considering treatment, your dentist will want to holistically evaluate your health—but assuming you’re relatively well, cosmetic dentistry is perfectly safe. The procedures are conducted by trained professionals with the best available equipment, and an ethical dentist will always act in the best interest of your health and safety.
Not only is cosmetic dentistry safe, but it can also help to prevent certain dental problems from developing and progressing. In fact, many patients become extra motivated to take better care of their new smile after receiving treatment. Not to mention that visiting the dentist also allows them the opportunity to inspect your mouth closely so they can determine if there are any issues beyond the superficial that need attention.
Common Cosmetic Treatments
There are numerous treatments available, including:
- Teeth whitening
- Composite bonding
- Orthodontics like Invisalign
- Smile makeovers
- Dermal fillers
Although it depends on your individual needs and the look you’re going for, most of these options are widely available and deliver impressive results, such as whiter and straighter teeth, and fewer facial wrinkles when you smile. Your dentist will be able to assist you with selecting the best treatment for your smile.
If you’re on the fence about cosmetic dentistry and safety is one of your primary concerns, you needn’t worry—not only is it safe, but it’ll give you that perfect Hollywood smile you’ve been wishing for.
About the Author
Dr. Jayson Voto received his DDS from the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry in 2006 and now proudly serves families in the Owasso community. He maintains active memberships in numerous organizations including the American Dental Association, the American Orthodontic Society, the Oklahoma Dental Society, and the Tulsa Dental Society. His practice offers various solutions in preventive, restorative, cosmetic, and emergency dentistry. If you or a loved one have any questions for Dr. Voto, he can be reached by website or telephone: (918) 272-5381.