Few people seem to truly know what cosmetic dentistry is. In their minds, it amounts to willingly sitting in a dentist’s chair while having non-essential work done. In a way, this is exactly what it is. The “cosmetic” implies it’s done purely for aesthetics and not because it will impact the person’s overall physical health.
So why would someone do this? Isn’t the dentist’s chair one of the scariest places to be around?
It not only depends on the level of fear a person has for the dentist, but also why they are getting the procedure done to begin with. If the person has a terrible relationship with their teeth – say, they hate the way they look – then it’s perfectly understandable why they may want to have them changed for the better.
One very common procedure is teeth whitening. This is when the dentist or their assistants either bleach the teeth or us other procedures to make the teeth whiter. People have their teeth whitened for jobs, relationships, and in order to love their smile. They may either have a genetic disorder or have drunk so much coffee their teeth are an odd color.
Another common procedure is having teeth straightened, or otherwise covered up so they appear to be straight. This can be done with standard braces such as Invisalign or with veneers, which snap onto the front of the teeth. One actually corrects the way the teeth align while the other merely gives the illusion that they are straight.
Cosmetic dentistry isn’t something to be feared or confused over. If anything, it has done a world of good for millions of people around the world, whose smiles now light up their faces whenever they can. That right there is worth the time spent in the dentist’s chair.