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The Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry

September 9, 2021
Posted By: Dr. Justin Harlow
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Enhancements are something we all look for in life. Even if you don’t have a brand-new car, you probably at least occasionally visit the car wash. New clothes? Definitely! In fact, American families collectively spend around $2 billion per year on clothing. But did you know that the first thing we tend to notice about a person is their face? A National Institutes of Health study confirms that “impressions from faces are fast and automatic.” So a bright, vibrant smile can be the centerpiece of your face and make that fast first impression a perfect one. This is where cosmetic dentistry can help.

How is Cosmetic Dentistry Different from, You Know, Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry intersect in many places. That’s because many of the things which detract from a nice smile are also health issues. For example, decayed or damaged teeth harm your overall health, and they also look bad. Imagine if getting new brakes in your car also knocked that dent out of your fender? That’s an advantage to treating your teeth at Harlow Dentistry in Charlotte, NC. You may be getting double the benefits from one treatment.

An example of this two-for-one in dentistry is the Invisalign clear braces tooth alignment system. A misaligned or crooked smile is a common reason people are embarrassed to show their teeth. But misalignment can contribute to other oral health problems, like overcrowding and overlapping, which tend to accelerate decay and affect your bite pattern. Aligned teeth are also easier to brush and floss as all surfaces are available for a thorough cleaning.

Let’s Be Clear about Veneers

Porcelain veneers are another treatment that has excellent cosmetic benefits. Made of thin ceramic strips, veneers are custom-fitted to your tooth and provide instant enhancements to a stained, crooked tooth or where teeth are uneven. Another advantage is that veneers are stain-resistant and, with proper care, can have brilliant effects for years to come.  Veneers also can help with tooth sensitivity as they replace the enamel on the front-facing portion of a tooth that may otherwise be damaged and prone to discomfort from hot and cold food and drink.

Teeth Whitening Is Best Left to the Pros

While whitening does not have similar health benefits, it's a safe and affordable way to improve the look of your smile. Dr. Harlow is proud to use the Zoom teeth whitening system, which is far superior to over-the-counter treatments that still may be quite costly. In just one hour, you can hit the town in Charlotte, NC, with a smile that is several shades whiter than before the treatment.

Call Us to Discover Cosmetic Dentistry Benefits Today

If you’re ready to face the world with newfound confidence, contact the team at Harlow Dentistry to schedule a consultation. As an enhancement, it’s so much better than a new sweater!

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