Some interesting facts about cosmetic dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is something that nearly everyone is quite familiar with nowadays. But there is a lot of misconceptions about doing the rounds as well, and led by such misconception and misinformation, people are often led down the wrong road. Here we will try to clear up a few things about cosmetic dentistry.

  1. Though cosmetic dentistry seems like a new concept that has come about due to improvements in medical technology, this is actually quite far from the truth. Humans have always been drawn to beauty and have tried hard down the ages to improve upon this beauty. So, it should come as no surprise that attempts to beautify one’s smile has been going on for thousands of years. Even though things like award winning Dutch porcelain facings, veneers etc. are quite new inventions, dentures and replacement teeth have been around since the roman times.
  2. The enamel of one’s teeth is the strongest material in the human body. And the detractors of dentistry often suggest that cosmetic dentistry p[rocedures such as veneers can cause severe damage to the enamel. This might have been true a few decades ago, but it is not true anymore. Veneers can now be placed with little to no damage to your teeth. Natural enamel is subject to wear and tear because of many factors such as food habits, smoking and pollutrion. Veneers can actually protect the enamel from damage and beautify your teeth as well.
  3. Cosmetic dentistry is often looked down upon as an unnecessary expenditure, but it is not so. Your oral health has a lot to do with your overall body health. If you don’t have all your teeth and haven’t replaced the missing teeth with implants, then you will not be able to chew your food properly. This will create stomach and digestion issues. The bones of your jaw will erode and weaken fast due to the extra pressure is borne by your remaining teeth.