Why Do You Need Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry plays a very important role in the dental industry in Vancouver, BC. Contrary to popular belief, cosmetic dental treatments often do not involve vanity at all. Cosmetic dental treatments can improve the overall functionality of a patient’s bite, they can be necessary after certain surgeries, after accidents or as a result of illness –  they are not simply just to look pretty. Many cosmetic dentists also practice orthodontics and are highly specialized in their field.

However, our overall appearance and smile are very important, especially in today’s’ society. How we perceive ourselves, our self-confidence or lack thereof, and how others perceive us is often influenced by our external appearance. According to an article by Psychology Today, the simple act of smiling can actually improve your overall mood and other’s perceptions of you.

I can speak not only as a dentist but as a patient with personal experience. In my younger years, I did not take the best care of my teeth. Due to and a very aggressive grinding habit I wore my teeth down 50% by the time I was in my early 30’s. I was well aware of my short teeth which were not the best color and which you could barely see when I smiled, and hence I refrained from smiling. After some orthodontics to fix a bite issue I had porcelain veneers placed to repair my worn teeth. That was close to 17 years ago and have never had one second of regret since…. it was one of the best things I have done for my smile and my self-esteem.

Today’s cosmetic dentistry often fulfills both a functional and emotional role, transforming the life and self-esteem of countless dental patients worldwide. So why do you “need” cosmetic dentistry treatments? Here are 4 great reasons.

1. Restored Functionality

Not everything that has function has to skimp on looks. Many times we recommend cosmetic dental treatment for strength-related restorative reasons, which at the same time can improve the cosmetic appearance of your teeth. By using porcelain and ceramic materials, dentists can customize life-like tooth replacements, dentures, inlays, onlays, and caps. These innovations don’t just fill in cavities or cover up traces of old decay, they also look great in the process. Modern cosmetic dentistry has found a balance between aesthetics and functionality.

2. Prevent Future Dental Problems

In some cases, people seeking cosmetic dental treatments have teeth that are chipped, broken or worn. Although these can often be repaired with fillings, the fillings may not be strong enough and may also discolor over time. Hence these fillings require ongoing maintenance and repair. In these cases, porcelain veneers will be stronger and more resistant to stains. 

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3. Increased Self Esteem

The effects that looking better have on a person’s mental health cannot be overlooked. Living day-to-day with teeth that one doesn’t feel comfortable in can take a toll on one’s confidence. This can put up invisible barriers to a plethora of situations and opportunities. 

Making a small upgrade to improve one’s teeth can make a big difference. For example, choosing a tooth-colored inlay instead of a cheaper metal filling can be the difference between covering up a smile and feeling proud to smile in photos. 

Having increased confidence advances a person in many areas of their life. Feeling good can be that small boost someone needs to get out the door and discover great things like new hobbies, places to hang out, and new friends. Several studies on the effects of oral health and self-esteem show that having even minor dental imperfections can have a detrimental impact on individuals’ self-esteem, especially during the formative years and adolescence. There are many different cosmetic dental treatments that can help you achieve the confidence you need to excel and feel good about yourself. 

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4. Gives a Professional Boost 

The confidence issues that stem from poor teeth can also hold someone back in their career pursuits. In a digital world where the job hunt has become far more visual through social media and high-resolution professional photos; a candidate with a missing tooth, crooked teeth or even stained teeth may feel at a loss. 

Cosmetic dentistry offers many viable solutions to restore and greatly improve one’s smile. This will help the job seeker look confident on LinkedIn, presenting a professional image that matches their attitude.                                                                                                                               

Do You Need Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments?

There are many ways cosmetic dentistry can improve a person’s life. If you’re interested in seeing what these procedures can do for you, or you simply want to learn more about cosmetic dentistry and the treatments we offer at VCCID, visit our cosmetic dentistry page, give us a call at (604) 434 0248 or contact us to learn more about your options.

Do You Need Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments?

There are many ways cosmetic dentistry can improve a person’s life. If you’re interested in seeing what these procedures can do for you,

contact us at (604) 434-0248.

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Covid Phase II:  Dental offices reopening

 

We are “OPEN”

 

UPDATE May 22 2020

 

Dear patients:

 

The BC provincial health officer has given dental offices in BC the green light to reopen under “Phase II” regulations.  These regulations are dictated by WorksafeBC, the provicnical licencing body, the ongoing progression or diminishing of viral cases and current understanding of transmission, particularly in the dental office setting. 

 

The  greatest risk/concern re further spread of this virus is with those that are currently ill or who may have come into contact with someone who has been ill within the past 14 days. In the dental clinic the  concern is the generation of any aerosols that may contain virus particles.

 

Therefore when booking appointments  we will ask a series of questions to determine your risk. For those at risk of being Covid positive, treatment will be deferred until  the 14 day risk of transmission has passed. If treatment is of an urgent nature, we have  additional safety measures in place to provide emergency care, assuming it will not create a greater health risk. Alternatively referrals to a hospital may be  recommended for anyone with severe health risks who cannot be treated in office.

 

For those without contact or risk of Covid, we will be able to book your appointments. Upon arrival to the office you are required to complete a COVID screening  and consent form prior to being seen in the clinic area. The clinical staff will also do an assessment to determine if there is any risk. 

 

Similarly our staff will also be assessed daily to ensure none are ill or have had contact with a potential case of COVID within the previous 14 days.

 

We are required to modify our scheduling to allow for continued distancing and other measures to minimize potential spread. Therefore we anticipate a slightly longer waiting period for available appointments until this Phase II is complete.

 

Our primary concern is your overall health, consequently we have incorporated  additional protocols and precautions during this time to ensure the safety of patients as well as staff from this viral infection.  It involves additional barrier protection, modifying how procedures are done to avoid generating aerosols and sterilization protocols to decontaminate any surfaces that may have come in contact with aerosols. 

 

The good news is that over the past 50+ years the dental industry has learned to manage and control in-office transmission of many viruses, bacteria and outbreaks of  illnesses, and we anticipate these same protocols  will continue to protect yourselves as well as the staff. As we move through Phase II and  see this pandemic lose its “foothold” we expect we will slowly return to a more normal routine and scheduling of appointments. 

 

Of course your dental health is also paramount and therefore finding appointments for your care is also essential. Rest assured that we will be following up and contacting anyone who has missed appointments and those that are currently booked in the weeks ahead. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr Peter Balogh and all of us at VCCID