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Is Cosmetic Dentistry Right for Me?

Cosmetic Dentistry

We live in a golden age of cosmetic medical procedures. In fact, according to recent statistics, almost 1 out of every 20  American women have gone “under the knife” in some form or another. Botox treatments are now as common as a visit to the nail salon, custom denture are practically a rite of passage in certain circles, and it seems like plastic surgeons business cards fall from the heavens at every brunch. However due to lower price-tags and less invasive procedures, cosmetic dentistry is now being seen as a major competitor (and possible alternative) to more “conventional” forms of plastic surgery.

Take for instance one of the most well-known plastic surgery procedures … custom. With 15.6 million people  who received a little nip-tuck in 2015 alone, the custom is the work horse of plastic surgeons due to its ability to strip up to ten years off of a person’s face. However, many medical professionals are now advising patients that they may want to start with dental work before trying something as extreme as a “lift”. Not only will most dental work be quicker, require less surgery, and usually be less expensive than plastic surgery, it performs basically the same function.

The face takes on an “aging” look when the face becomes round and/or wrinkled. custom denturecombats this effect by stretching the skin, making it seem tighter. However, your cosmetic dentist might recommend dental veneers to achieve the same result. Dental veneers will actually elongate the face at the jaw, restoring your profile to a younger version of yourself. The change is structural, rather than being just on the surface. It is no secret that cosmetic dentistry can work wonders. The only question that remains is … Is cosmetic dentistry right for me?

Before considering any elective medical procedure, most medical professionals want you to answer a few questions . . .

  1. What is your motivation? Are you doing this for yourself, or are you shopping around for a new look in order to please someone else? If you answer the latter, then chances are that cosmetic surgery (dentistry or otherwise) isn’t right for you.
  2. How long have you wanted to do this procedure? What are the reasons you’ve hesitated?
  3. What are your expectations once the procedure is completed?
  4. Have you had similar procedures in the past? What were they, and why do you feel that they were insufficient?

By just taking a second, and answering the questions above in private, I’m sure you will begin to see if you are making the right decision. If you choose to proceed, it is up to your doctor  to determine if you are in the proper physical condition to receive your treatment.

SOURCES:

http://www.webmd.com/beauty/treatments/choosing-cosmetic-surgery

http://www.webmd.com/beauty/video/good-candidate-cosmetic-surgery

http://www. custom denturedentistry.com/blog/porcelain-veneers/changes-shape-face/

http://nextshark.com/americans-plastic-surgery/

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