We’re well into the twenty-first century, and yet there are still some common misconceptions about what modern cosmetic dentistry can do. At Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, we’d like to dispel some of them.
Myth #1: Cosmetic Dentistry is Never Necessary for a Healthy Smile
Many so-called cosmetic dental procedures are not solely cosmetic. Procedures such as tooth replacement prevent many potential problems such as tooth movement, bone loss and difficulty chewing and speaking.
Myth #2: A Dental Bridge is the Only Way to Replace a Missing Tooth
Dental bridges have been used for many years with success. However, dental implants are often a better choice for replacing one or more missing teeth. Dental implants have many advantages over bridges. They feel like natural teeth, they are stronger, and they are easier to clean. Implants can also be used to anchor dentures or partial dentures.
Myth #3: At-Home Whitening Kits are as Effective as Professional Whitening
Our teeth whitening treatments are generally more effective than at-home kits. At-home kits may remove surface stains, but they do not provide optimum results and can often lead to uneven coloring.
Myth #4: Dental Bonding is the Best Way to Fix a Chipped Tooth
Dental bonding can restore the shape of a tooth, but may not be the best long-term solution. If you have a damaged tooth, you may be a good candidate for porcelain veneers.
Myth #5: Braces are the Only Way to Correct Crooked Teeth
Braces are often part of a transforming dental makeover for our Baltimore teens and adults alike. However, if your teeth are only slightly crooked, lumineers can reshape your teeth and help you achieve a remarkable smile. And the best thing about veneers? They offer speedy results!
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