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Debunking the Top 7 Myths Around Cosmetic Dental Procedures

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There are many misconceptions about cosmetic dental procedures. In today's post, our Thornhill dentists debunk some common myths surrounding cosmetic dental procedures.

Common Myths About Cosmetic Dental Procedures

Despite the value of cosmetic dental procedures, there are some widely circulated misconceptions surrounding them. Today, we want to clear some of them up.

1. Cosmetic dental procedures are purely cosmetic.

While we may use the term 'cosmetic' to describe these procedures, in many ways they can absolutely contribute to helping improve or restore your oral health.

For example, while dental bonding can be used to improve the appearance of chipped or discoloured teeth, it can also be used to protect exposed tooth roots due to receding gums. Covering those roots is an integral step in restoring gum tissue and may help relieve the gum sensitivity that often accompanies receding gums. 

Dental implant surgery can help restore the appearance of your smile by filling the gaps left by missing teeth, but it also serves a functional purpose: implants help prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting out of position into the gap left by missing teeth, which in turn can prevent other serious oral health issues such as facial structure collapse. 

2. Cosmetic dental services are expensive.

Thanks to advances in dental technology and science in recent years, cosmetic dental services have become somewhat less costly than they once were. Cosmetic dental services that are deemed necessary by your insurance company – such as crowns or dental implants – may even be covered.

At Dentistry On GreenLane, we also offer flexible payment options to help you conveniently pay for your procedures.

3. Teeth whitening damages teeth.

When done correctly and under the supervision of a dental professional, teeth whitening is considered safe and poses minimal risk to your teeth and gums. Your dentist will evaluate your dental health before any teeth whitening procedures to determine whether it can be done safely and effectively on your teeth.

4. Cosmetic dental procedures take a long time.

With today’s cosmetic dental technology, we can offer services to fit your schedule and budget. Many cosmetic dental procedures require just one appointment. Meaning you may be able to improve the appearance of your teeth in just a few hours. 

5. Cosmetic dental procedures are unnecessary.

Many cosmetic dental procedures, from veneers to bonding, can be used to fix long-standing dental issues. But what is 'necessary' for you depends not only on your dental health. If a cosmetic dental procedure might help increase your self-confidence, it can definitely be considered necessary for your quality of life.

6. Cosmetic dental procedures are painful.

Our dentists strive to make every appointment as comfortable as possible. Many cosmetic procedures are minimally invasive and involve very little pain for the patient. Though your mouth may feel sensitive for a short time following some procedures, this should fade quickly.

7. Your results won’t appear natural-looking.

At Dentistry On GreenLane, we stay abreast of the latest dental technology and processes to help us achieve the most natural-looking results we can for your smile. Whether you are looking into teeth whitening, veneers, or another cosmetic dental procedure, ask us how we can help you reach your smile goals.

Do you have further questions about cosmetic dental procedures? We'd be happy to answer them. Contact our Thornhill dentists today for more information. 

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