When we hear the words “cosmetic” the first thoughts that usually come to mind are of doing something for looks. However, cosmetic dentistry isn’t always about appearance. It’s also about improving the health of your teeth, gums—and even your overall health.
We all know that a healthy, beautiful smile can make a great and lasting impression. This is one of the reasons why we specialize in transforming smiles. What you may not realize is that some dental issues that appear to be purely cosmetic in nature can actually have a lasting impact on your overall oral health.
If you’re wondering just how correcting your smile can improve your health, here are some surprising benefits of cosmetic dentistry.
Decrease the risk of periodontal disease
Chipped, cracked or damaged teeth lead to tooth decay if left untreated. This exposes your teeth to more serious problems such as periodontal disease. Fixing problem teeth improves your oral health and reduces the risk of gum disease and other oral health concerns.
Relieve nagging headaches
Headaches are often caused by stress situations, dehydration and other underlying medical conditions. However, there are other sources of headaches that can be just as debilitating. Teeth that are not aligned properly prevent your jaw joints, muscles and teeth from working together in harmony. This results in jaw and muscle tension which cause facial pain and headaches.
Depending on the underlying cause, cosmetic dentistry or a dental appliance can correct the problem and relieve you of those nagging headaches.
Restore a healthy appetite
Teeth that are in poor condition are often painful. As a result, you may find it necessary to choose softer, less nutritious foods to eat. By fixing teeth that are cracked, decayed or missing, eating becomes easier and more pleasurable. And it increases the variety of healthy foods you’re able to enjoy.
A recent survey found that 55 percent of Americans feel a nice smile is “very important” in being attractive to others. So when your smile is less than ideal, it can make you self-conscious about your appearance. You may shy away from interactions with others, causing stress when faced with social situations.
By improving your smile, you increase your confidence and reduce your overall stress. Just remember, if you need help in transforming your smile, we specialize in smile design.
This short video from the American Dental Association further shares the health benefits of having a healthy smile.
Dr. Mike Malone and his team practice expert cosmetic dentistry in Lafayette, LA. Dr. Malone is the former president and accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is also the official Cosmetic Dentist of the Miss Louisiana USA and Miss Louisiana Teen USA pageants.