You may have seen advertisements about the miracles produced by cosmetic dentistry, but while being impressive, they raise plenty of questions. Will my results look that good? And will they last? How much money will I spend, and will it be worth the investment?
We asked experts in the field to share their thoughts on whether or not cosmetic dentistry is worth the time and cost. Here’s what they had to say.
Dr. Ron Baise
Ron Baise is a dentist working at 92 Dental in London, England. He founded the practice and has been working as a dentist there for the last 25 years. He is passionate about minimally invasive dentistry with a focus on prevention.
Cosmetic dentistry can certainly be worth the time and money; however, I always think that you need to consider the invasiveness and long-term effects on the oral health of any cosmetic procedure.
Let’s take veneers, for example. As the placement of veneers can involve the reshaping of teeth, this can negatively impact the longevity of the tooth in question, leading to a patient needing more expensive treatment down the line. The same can be said of bridges, as the adjacent teeth to which the bridge is attached to becomes more difficult to clean following the placement of a bridge.
That being said, there are some cosmetic treatments that can actually promote the long-term health of your mouth.
Two of these are orthodontics (braces) and dental implants.
With orthodontic treatment, better-aligned teeth are easier to clean, because you can more easily reach every surface of your tooth when you brush. You are therefore less susceptible to cavities and gum disease due to excessive plaque build-up.
Dental implants can preserve the strength and structure of your jaw, which, in turn, can promote the longevity of all your teeth. This can save you money in the long run as the need for future treatment is mitigated.
The answer is YES when it involves experimental full-mouth, fixed permanent dental prosthetics that totally restore gums, teeth and jawbone. Both appearance-wise as well as physically, functionally, cosmetically and physiologically. And emotionally and spiritually as well.
Teeth don’t only serve practical use such as eating and speaking – they also affect the facial structure as well as facial skin/tissue/dimension, and they certainly even affect employment searches as well as interpersonal relations and self-confidence. And they can even connect to things like cardiac function, periodontal disease, autism, sensory impairments, etc.
But in my humble opinion, the cosmetic dentistry most worth it is the experimental full-mouth fixed permanent dental prosthetics. An extreme makeover in every sense of the word. For me, not only did it relieve my pain, it also restored my soul, my spirit, my emotions – the very essence of me.
Marsha Lampert is a 55-year old dwarf “little person” with a dazzling toothpaste commercial-like smile thanks to an extraordinary extreme dental makeover with experimental full-mouth fixed permanent cosmetic dental prosthetics invented by Dr. Michael Schamis DDS in North Bellmore, NY.
People tend to judge you by your appearance, including your smile, and fixing a smile’s appearance is one of the easiest parts of your appearance to naturally fix. Cosmetic dentistry is worth it if there is an issue with your teeth or smile because you’ll feel better laughing and likely even have more friends once you fix it.
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