February 9, 2007, Newsletter Issue #50: Cosmetic Dentistry is Not Just Cosmetic

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Is cosmetic dentistry the same thing as cosmetic surgery, but on my mouth?

To some extent it is. Cosmetic surgery, such as boob jobs, nose jobs, tummy tucks, or face lifts, has a negative stigma attached to it by many people. Going under the knife just to look a little better? “How vain!” say some.

Cosmetic dentistry has the same basic premise as other cosmetic medicine, in that its stated goal is to improve your appearance. However, while cosmetic surgery can often have a negative impact on your health, such as an increased chance of breast cancer in the case of boob jobs, cosmetic dentistry can actually improve your oral health! For instance, having crooked or slightly chipped teeth affects more than just your smile, as you are more likely to get gum disease or tooth decay than if your teeth were complete and straight.

So when you look in the mirror and see a smile that you're not completely comfortable with, it might be in your best interest, from both cosmetic and health points of view, to ask your dentist about what various cosmetic treatments could do for you.

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