Think cosmetic dentistry is all about appearance? Four ways dental cosmetics can improve your health

There are many reasons people undertake cosmetic procedures.

For example, if you are getting married, you will obviously want to look your best on the big day and may invest in some minor facial aesthetics. Similarly, with dental cosmetics, you may have a graduation photo coming up and want your smile to look its best.

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But, did you know, there is more to dental cosmetic work than simply improving the appearance of your smile? Many people are surprised to learn that cosmetic dental procedures can also benefit your overall health too and are therefore more beneficial to you than just having your smile straightened.

When you choose to visit our cosmetic dentist in Harley Street for a cosmetic procedure, depending on which treatment is best suited to correct your smile, you may be able to improve different aspects of your health too, not only in the short-term but for years to come! What have you got to lose?

But how can a procedure like teeth straightening from our cosmetic dentist in Harley Street improve your health? Read on to find out!

Reduced plaque

When your teeth are misaligned, they are harder to clean correctly.

This can lead to parts of your mouth accumulating bacteria and plaque, which have been linked to higher rates of gum disease, dental decay, and poorer heart health.

When you come to our cosmetic dentist in Harley Street to have your teeth straightened, over time, your straighter teeth will help expose these hidden areas of plaque in the mouth, allowing easier removal and fewer complications.

Lower change of decay

Similar to the prior point, if you have gaps in your teeth or areas that are overcrowded, you may be at a higher risk of tooth decay.

As plaque is harder to remove in a mouth that has misaligned, overcrowded or even overly spaced teeth, this can lead to a higher risk of cavities. Untreated cavities lead to discomfort, gum swellings, and even dental abscesses. Having your teeth straightened with cosmetic braces or even having gaps filled with implants or veneers reduces the risk of bacteria building up and lowers the likelihood of decay.

Preventing periodontal disease

Gum disease can run in families, but it has been heavily linked to plaque above and below the gumline.

When you come to our team in Harley Street, our dentists will remove any stubborn plaque before beginning your cosmetic treatment and, depending on which cosmetic option you pick, will aim to reduce the areas where plaque can accumulate. Fillings, veneers, and implants can all prevent gum disease, leaving you with a healthier and more attractive smile.

Better mental health

Lower levels of mental health have been linked to lower self-confidence and physical health issues like abdominal pain, migraines and back pain.

If you feel confident in the appearance of your teeth, you are probably likely to smile more often.

This prompts your brain to release the feel good chemical dopamine, which is a natural stress reducer.