One of the things that keep people from getting cosmetic dentistry is the cost. While it’s true that achieving natural, long-lasting results requires a significant investment, it’s important to think not just of the cost, but also the value of cosmetic dentistry. Here are some aspects of the value that you might not be taking into account.
Some cosmetic dentistry procedures come with health benefits as well as appearance benefits. Consider orthodontics. Straight teeth are easier to clean and balance forces of a bite better. This means that you might have a lower risk of gum disease, and you might be less likely to experience unbalanced wear or breaking of your teeth.
If you’re comparing your smile to other things you might invest in, consider this: you will use your smile every day and in all kinds of social situations. There is probably no single luxury good or service that will give you a comparable amount of service. Your smile can be dressed up for a formal party, or it can go casual for a friendly get-together. Your smile is appropriate whether you’re with family, friends, or colleagues. You will use it when you first get up in the morning, when you go to bed at night, and even while you’re sleeping it will help hold your jaw in a healthy position.
This makes your smile a much better investment than a motorcycle you’ll only drive sometimes, a suit or party dress you might wear only once, or jewelry that only gets taken out for special occasions.
Perhaps the only luxury you might use as much as your smile is your smartphone. But smartphones get replaced all the time, whether because they’re broken, worn, or just outdated. Whereas a procedure like porcelain veneers will look good for ten years or more. And some procedures, like dental implants, can have lifelong results.
Another benefit of cosmetic dentistry is that it can pay you back dividends. People with an attractive smile are more likely to be hired, and people who smile at work are more likely to be promoted than those who don’t smile.
Getting a more attractive smile can help you enjoy a beauty premium, in which more attractive people earn 5-10% more than less attractive colleagues.
Another potential benefit is that once you fix complaints you have about your teeth, you’re more likely to smile more often. And if you smile more often, you’ll feel happier, because smiling makes us happy.
If you are considering cosmetic dentistry, don’t dismiss the option until you’ve sat down to talk to a cosmetic dentist. To schedule your consultation with Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist, please call (310) 275-5325 for an appointment at Nicolas A. Ravon, DDS, MSD.