10 things you did not know about Cosmetic Dentistry

cosmetic dentistry patient after invisalign and composite bonding treatment

Cosmetic Dentistry


There are several myths and misconceptions about cosmetic dentistry. Many people believe that cosmetic dentistry is only for people who are obsessed with their appearance. Others believe that it is both painful and really unnecessary. It is often thought to be only for the wealthy as it can be very expensive.

In this article we will try to dispel these myths so you will be left with a better understanding of cosmetic dentistry.

  1. Cosmetic dentistry is not just about appearance: While the primary focus of cosmetic dentistry is to enhance the appearance of your teeth and improve your smile, many procedures also improve the functionality of teeth. This can include fixing bite issues or improving chewing ability. Straightening or realigning your teeth, repairing chipped and cracked teeth and closing gaps can all help to improve the functionality of your teeth.

  2. It’s not just for celebrities: Cosmetic dentistry is not just for the rich and famous. Financing options are available in most dental practices. Cosmetic dentistry has become more accessible and affordable for the general public. This is a direct result of advancements in digital technology and techniques. Your dentist now has access to incredibly sophisticated digital scanning technology which allows him/her to get a comprehensive picture of your teeth and gums. This enables the creation of a comprehensive restoration and cosmetic treatment plan resulting in fewer dental appointments and the need for rework.

  3. It’s not just about teeth whitening: While teeth whitening is a common cosmetic dental procedure, there are many other options available, such as Invisalign clear braces, porcelain and composite veneers, dental bonding, and dental implants. Some, or all of these procedures can be used in combination to enhance the appearance of your smile while correcting issues you may have.

  4. It’s not just for adults: Cosmetic dentistry can be beneficial for children and teenagers as well, especially for those who have crooked or misaligned teeth. Quite often children and teenagers will choose removable braces to straighten their teeth instead of traditional fixed braces. Equally, through play and sports children will often chip, crack or damage the tooth structure of their young adult teeth. This will need to be repaired with the use of cosmetic bonding or dental crowns for example.

  5. It’s not just about aesthetics: Some cosmetic dental procedures, such as dental implants, can also help to prevent bone loss in the jaw and improve oral health. Dental implants are becoming a very popular replacement to traditional dentures as they are fixed in place and custom made to improve the functionality and enhance the overall appearance of your teeth.

  6. It can improve confidence and self-esteem: Improving the appearance of teeth can have a significant impact on a person’s self-confidence and self-esteem, leading to a more positive outlook on life.

  7. It requires specialised training: Cosmetic dentists receive specialised training and education beyond that of general dentists to be able to perform cosmetic dental procedures effectively and safely. Due to the rapid advancements in dental technology Cosmetic dentists need to continuously invest in the most up to date equipment and materials. They also require regular training in new techniques and dental procedures.

  8. It can be a long-term investment: Many cosmetic dental procedures, such as veneers and dental implants, can last for several years or even decades with proper care, making them a worthwhile long-term investment. For example, Porcelain Veneers may last 15 years or more with the right dental care.

  9. It can be customised to individual needs: Cosmetic dentistry is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Each patient’s needs and desires are unique, and treatment plans are tailored accordingly. 

  10. It can be combined with other dental procedures: Cosmetic dentistry procedures can be combined with other dental treatments, such as orthodontics or periodontal therapy, to achieve optimal results. Digital Smile Design is a relatively new approach to oral care. It combines both restorative and cosmetic dental treatments to eliminate problems and provide you with your ideal new smile.


Cosmetic dentistry services can improve not only the appearance of your teeth, but also your oral health and overall well-being. Additionally, many dental insurance plans cover certain cosmetic procedures, such as crowns. Modern techniques and anaesthesia make most procedures virtually painless.

Cosmetic dentistry is appropriate for anyone who wants to improve the appearance of their teeth, regardless of age.

While Cosmetic dentistry may not be necessary for everyone, it can greatly improve the quality of life for those who are unhappy with their smile. In some cases, cosmetic dental procedures can even improve oral health by correcting issues such as crooked or crowded teeth.

What is considered cosmetic dentistry is generally a combination of restorative procedures combined with aesthetic enhancement of your teeth.

The cost of treatment relative to its long lasting benefits make it a worthwhile investment. Cosmetic dentistry financing is available from multiple sources with a choice of payment plans so you can spread the cost.

If you are considering cosmetic dental solutions your best option is to arrange a consultation with a general and cosmetic dentist to find out more.

We provide a full suite of Cosmetic Dental treatments at O’Neill Dental Care Swords. Learn more!

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