3 health benefits of cosmetic dentistry
You probably know that cosmetic dentistry can improve your smile and your self-esteem, but did you know that it can also help to improve your oral health? There are many ways that making cosmetic improvements to your teeth can also benefit the health of your teeth and gums. Here are three oral health improvements you can achieve through cosmetic dentistry.
1. Fix your bite and help your jaws
If you have a bad bite, it does more than affect your smile. A misaligned bite can stress your jaws and cause symptoms of TMJ disorder. Fixing an overbite or other misalignment eases jaw stress and in turn can relieve TMJ symptoms like jaw pain, headaches and neck pain. Sometimes straightening teeth is recommended as TMJ treatment, and if you desire straightening your teeth for cosmetic reasons, you may get stronger jaws as a bonus.
2. Straighten your teeth for their own good
Overlapping or crooked teeth not only affect your jaws, they also change the way your teeth come into contact with each other. If this is the case, your teeth can become worn down by this mechanical wear. Our Westminster dentist can straighten crooked teeth with orthodontics or Invisalign. Having your teeth straightened not only makes you look better and feel better about your smile, it can also protect you teeth from damaging contact.
3. Replace missing teeth to keep a solid foundation for oral health
You can improve your oral health by replacing missing teeth as soon as possible after losing one or more teeth. Just one missing tooth creates a gap that that can cause the teeth surrounding it to shift out of place. When the foundation of your teeth is undermined by the loss of a tooth, the entire dental structure becomes weaker causing oral health issues such as crooked or loose teeth. A cosmetic dentist can replace missing teeth with dentures, implants or bridges to improve your smile and to keep the foundation for your teeth strong.
These are just a few of the ways that cosmetic dentistry can improve your oral health as well as your smile. If you’ve been thinking about cosmetic dentistry, please schedule a consultation to learn more. You may be doing more for yourself and your health than you knew by treating yourself to a more beautiful smile.