When many people hear the adjective “cosmetic,” they may think that it refers to the superficial aspects of an item, that don’t really matter or affect performance. Cosmetic damage on a car, for instance, is typically something you can go without fixing — as opposed to a mechanical problem which would cause problems with the car’s ability to run properly. This may be true for the automotive industry, but not when it comes to cosmetic dentistry.
Cosmetic dentistry is a specialization which aims to make patients’ teeth more aesthetically pleasing. The most popular procedures include things like dental implants, teeth straightening, and teeth whitening. Although these procedures will certainly intended to make the patient’s mouth more attractive, there can be practical benefits as well.
Here are three ways cosmetic dentistry can have an impact on your real life.
- Social Life: This is the most obvious and popular reasoning for cosmetic dentistry. One recent survey found 96% of adults believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to potential romantic partners, and almost everyone (99.7%) of adults believe a healthy smile is socially important, according to the AACD. Looks shouldn’t be everything in a relationship, but having an unattractive smile can really reduce one’s chances of success — both in love and in life in general.
- Career Trajectory: Even if boosting your romantic and social life don’t hold much appeal for you, perhaps the state of your career development does. In another survey, nearly three-quarters (74%) of adults felt an unattractive smile could actually hurt their career success. Again. this may seem unfair and ridiculous, but unfortunately that can be hard to explain to your boss.
- Personal Self-Esteem: Having a great set of teeth can do wonders for your personal confidence and self-esteem. In fact, almost a third (32%) of people say they’re “concerned by the look of their teeth.” You’d be surprised how much of an effect waking up in the morning and looking at yourself in the mirror with a big, bright smile every day can do to change your outlook.
Cosmetic dentistry may not be quite as important as the procedures that deal with the health of your oral cavity, but they’re certainly more than just luxuries for “show.” If you’re concerned with any of these areas of your life, think about giving us a call today to see how we can help.