Why Cosmetic Dentistry Is Not About Vanity

When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, some people have the impression that it’s only for vain and egotistical people. Who gets cosmetic dental treatments? Actors and politicians, that’s who. Those people tend to be vain, right?

Maybe, but these days, cosmetic dentistry is much more than just making your look great. Sure, it will do that. But trying to look good isn’t about vanity. To explain why, here are six ways cosmetic dental treatments like teeth whitening and veneers help with more than just how you look.

6 Ways Cosmetic Dentistry Helps Your Life

You can prevent damaged teeth from getting worse. If you think cosmetic dental treatments are only about making your smile look beautiful, think again. Sure, something like teeth whitening does that. But there are other treatments that can help your teeth stay healthy. Dental veneers will cover over stains and imperfections, instantly giving you a great-looking smile as soon as they are placed. However, they also seal up damage like chips and cracks. Veneers will stop those from getting any worse from all of that pressure you put on teeth from chewing.

Your vacation and holiday photos will be good instead of cringe-worthy. A few decades ago, photos were harder to take. You needed actual film, cameras were expensive, and you had to pay to get them developed. These days, it’s easy to take hundreds of photos. Every phone has a camera, and you can store hundreds on a phone. (And even more in the cloud.) That means you’ll be in lots more photos than ever before.

Some photos aren’t important. But when you’re on vacation or visiting family over the holidays, everyone is going to be taking photos. These will most likely get posted online for tons of people to see forever. Everyone knows they have to smile in photos, but what happens if your smile looks horrible? You’ll be embarrassed by the picture.

You can get past those cringe-worthy moments with cosmetic dentistry. Teeth whitening, tooth bonding, veneers, and more will turn your smile into something to be proud of. All of those photos will make you happy.

Your self-esteem will get stronger. There is such as thing as being too confident, of course. Not being confident enough is also a thing. When you have problems with your self-esteem, you have a problem with your life as a whole. It’s harder to speak up for yourself, and in extreme cases, you can face social anxiety. Some people use “retail therapy” to feel better about themselves. Buying a great new outfit or getting a new haircut can do wonders for your confidence.

Cosmetic dentistry does that too. When you know your smile is looking fantastic, your self-esteem will be higher. That can have far-reaching positive effects on your life.

Your career can get a boost. Speaking of far-reaching effects, this is one of them. In order to get somewhere at work or even with volunteer organizations, you need to look professional. Someone trying to run a meeting in a Seahawks jersey and cargo shorts is not going to garner respect or attention. (Well, not good attention anyway.) If your smile is in a bad state, people will see that more than they’ll see you.

When you get teeth whitening, veneers, or similar cosmetic dental treatments from our Kennewick, WA dental office, you will be seen as more professional. It won’t suddenly get you a raise or anything. But you will be taken more seriously. That can lead to great things in your career.

Meeting new people (as friends or more-than-friends) gets easier. That boost to your self-esteem can help with your social and romantic life as well. Think of it. When you get ready to meet new friends or go on a first date, you make sure you’re looking good. You pick the right clothes, get your hair looking right, and head out knowing you look nice. When you have problems with your teeth, it’s hard to feel that way.

When you get cosmetic treatments like veneers or teeth whitening, your smile goes from blah to fantastic. You’ll know that, so you’ll be more confident and friendly. Meeting new people for any reason not only becomes easier, it becomes more successful.

You will be more motivated to take care of your teeth. When you buy a new car or house, you can get a bit paranoid about taking care of it. You are proud of what you have, and you don’t want anything to happen to it. So you tend to be more careful and make sure you’re doing all of those little maintenance things that can get annoying.

If you get a dazzling smile with cosmetic dentistry, you will feel the same. Your attention to brushing, flossing, skipping sugar, and the like will be much better. You’ll want to keep your teeth healthy so you can enjoy the beautiful look that much longer.

If you’re ready to enjoy all the benefits of a great-looking smile, call us today at 509-591-0515.

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