If you’re like most people, you probably wish you could have a more attractive smile, and you may be happy to know that there are many cosmetic dental treatments you can choose from to improve your smile. While you’re considering how you can improve your smile, one of the things you are probably considering is how a cosmetic treatment could affect your dental health. While you may think that cosmetic treatments and dental health are two separate aspects of dental care, your cosmetic dentist in Philadelphia, PA can reassure you that cosmetic services can be beneficial to your dental health.
Your dentist values the beauty of your smile as well as its health, which is why so many dentists recommend cosmetic treatments. But, that doesn’t mean that your dentist would ever recommend a cosmetic treatment at the expense of your dental health, which is why most cosmetic treatments are good for your smile. In fact, when you invest in making your smile look better, the positive impact may pleasantly surprise you. Here are just a few of the many ways cosmetic dentistry can improve your dental health.
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Better oral hygiene
The primary way in which the right cosmetic treatments can improve your dental health is by promoting better oral hygiene. There are several ways in which they do this, and these are just a few examples:
- Better Motivation – It can be frustrating to try to keep a damaged, unhealthy smile clean. No matter how well you brush and floss your teeth, they may stay yellow and you might still have bad breath. Once you have that beautiful smile you’ve always wanted, maintaining your smile every day can become more of a joy than a chore. When you are more motivated to take care of your beautiful smile, you will have a better chance of keeping it healthy for years.
- Less Trouble Cleaning – Having a more attractive smile often means having a straighter smile, which also means that your smile will be easier to keep clean. Overcrowded teeth or gaps between teeth, as well as uneven tooth surfaces can be difficult to clean, so when these problems are corrected, you may find it easier to clean your teeth. When a normal brushing and flossing routine can easily clean all the surfaces of your teeth, you will be more likely to be able to maintain good dental health.
- Less Plaque – In the same way that your teeth are easier to clean when they are free of gaps and crevices, they are also less likely to accumulate plaque and food particles in the first place. Those hard-to-reach crevices in your teeth hide food particles and cause plaque to build up no matter how well you clean your teeth, so getting a more uniform smile can also keep your smile free of plaque and, consequently, free of cavities.
Prevent further damage
Correcting cosmetic problems with your teeth can also protect them from further damage. For example, if you leave a chipped tooth untreated, that chip could progress into a crack or it may simply accumulate plaque until you get a cavity. When you repair the chip in your tooth, you not only make your tooth look better, you also protect the integrity of your tooth and make it less likely for the tooth to crack or develop a cavity. A damaged smile is more likely to result in tooth loss which will only further deteriorate your smile, so, when you keep your smile looking the way it should, you also keep it functioning at its best.
Having damaged or misaligned teeth can make it difficult for you to enjoy eating many types of food. When your smile is corrected, and your teeth are uniform, you may find that it is also easier to chew and eat. Being able to enjoy eating healthy food you may not have been able to enjoy before will surely make your teeth stronger and healthier.
While you’re deciding whether to ask your dentist about a cosmetic treatment to improve your smile, keep in mind that making your smile look better might make it healthier too. To make sure you get the best dental care for your teeth while ensuring that your smile looks stunning as well, give us a call at (215) 624-1935 to talk to a skilled cosmetic dentist in Philadelphia, PA and find out which cosmetic services could work for your smile.