Cosmetic procedures are becoming more affordable in today’s society and as a result, they are more popular than ever.
Even in dentistry, more and more people are going to see their dental team for cosmetic procedures to improve the aesthetics of their smiles, whether it is a simple whitening procedure or a more complex treatment like dental implants or cosmetic braces.
However, there is more to many of the most popular dental procedures than just getting a whiter smile, with many treatment options also improving overall health too! Indeed, when seeking out a cosmetic dentist in Harley Street to help improve your smile, ask about the associated health benefits of your chosen procedure.
Reduction in headaches
An issue that can be helped by a clear or invisible brace, headaches are a real problem for people who have misaligned teeth.
As you fall asleep, your jaw muscles relax and allow you lower jaw to fall back. If your teeth are not correctly aligned, your body will clench the jaws together and cause bruxism or teeth grinding.
After a night of grinding your teeth together, you are likely to wake up with a bad headache and a sore neck; cosmetic braces can help realign the teeth and reduce night-time bruxism.
No more sensitivity
Do you want a whiter smile but have very sensitive teeth? Veneers can solve both problems!
Like a false nail being placed, veneers are positioned on the surface of the tooth and are fitted in place with dental cement.
You can create a whiter smile with just one set of veneers and, as tooth sensitivity is often caused by microscopic holes in the enamel, with them covered, tooth sensitivity also vanishes!
Gaps in the teeth as well as misaligned teeth can cause an improper bite and poor food grinding technique.
While this may not seem like a serious issue, incorrectly ground food has been linked to stomach ulcers, acid reflux, bloating, flatulence and poor absorption of nutrients from food.
If you have gaps, dental implants can alleviate these issues. If you have misalignment, Invisalign or another cosmetic brace may be the best option.
Improved cardiovascular health
If you have crowded or spaced teeth, you are more likely to have areas of plaque accumulation that you cannot clean correctly. This has an obvious impact on oral conditions like gum disease and decay prevalence.
However, accumulated and unremoved plaque has long been linked to an increase in the risk of strokes and heart attacks, which obviously poses a serious long term risk. Filling those gaps or correcting those teeth has a lot more to offer you than an improved smile!
Better mental health
Smiling is a natural expression of happiness; when you smile, your brain releases the ‘feel good’ neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, which boosts your mood and your creativity.
When you have a straighter, whiter smile you are going to want to show it off, so investing in some tooth whitening procedures is a great starting point!