Quite often, when people think about cosmetic dentistry, they only consider the way these procedures correct your teeth and smile. You may put off having anything done because you are concerned about the cost and worried that our insurance will not pay for the work. However, there are a number of health-related issues that can occur or be resolved with what many people consider to be strictly cosmetic treatments. Here are just a few reasons you should ask for a referral to a cosmetic dentist.
If your teeth are crowded, it can make brushing and flossing very difficult. In addition, because they are tightly together, they create a trap for food particles. When you bite and chew, small bits of food are going to become trapped in between your teeth, if the area is crowded, getting these particles out can be difficult if not impossible. As they sit there, they start to decay and bacteria will feed on this decay. Once the particles have been eaten, the bacteria will begin to feed on your teeth and gums. Cosmetic dentistry to move the teeth a bit so they are not crowded will put a stop to this.
Weak and Deteriorating Jaw Bone
Your jaw bone requires stimulation to remain strong. As you chew, your teeth press down and stimulate the jaw bone. If you are missing a tooth, the bone in that area is not stimulated and will begin to deteriorate. This can also happen if a tooth is so badly chipped or broken that the top and bottom teeth do not meet while chewing. A cosmetic dentist can insert a dental implant, or put a crown or veneer on a broken tooth to help with bone stimulation.
The digestion process starts in your mouth. If your teeth do not properly masticate your food, it will be harder to digest further along the system. You could end up with heartburn or acid reflux as the stomach works harder to break down your food. You may also feel bloated and uncomfortable. In addition, if the food passes through to your intestines without being properly broken down, you may suffer with vitamin deficiencies, become constipated, or suffer with gas and pain.
Do not assume cosmetic dentistry is just about the way your teeth look. While having a nice smile can make you feel good about yourself, making sure your teeth and jaw bone stays healthy, and your food is properly digested will make you feel good physically and help keep you healthy.Share