Here are some of the most common reasons people will tell you not to get cosmetic dentistry.
“But I Love Your Smile—It Has Personality!”
Many people will tell you this or variations on the theme, such as saying that your smile is “cute” or “unique,” or that it’s “so you.” These people are well-meaning, and they may even be sincere. Listen to this objection and give your smile another look in the mirror before deciding.
Where other people see “personality,” you may see “flaws.” And this is what really matters. You are the one who must live with your smile, which is practically the first thing you see in the morning and the last thing you see at night. Your smile is your identity, and if you’re not happy with the identity you see, it’s your right to change it.
You should also remember that you’re in control of your cosmetic dentistry. You can change some aspects of your smile and retain others so your smile can still have “personality,” as well as beauty.
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“Your Smile Will Look Fake.”
This is a common objection people raise to cosmetic dentistry. It may have been true in the past, or because some people choose poor quality restorations or restorations that are intentionally ostentatious.
We invite you to look over our gallery of before-and-after pictures and decide for yourself. You’ll see that we can achieve amazingly realistic results. And we can achieve similar results for you. Unless you tell them, few will be able to tell you’ve had work done.
“It’s a Waste of Money.”
Many people think this, but the truth is that cosmetic dentistry is one of the best beauty buys. The results look very good, as we said, and they can last for ten years or even a lifetime, depending on what procedures you get. Porcelain veneers can be expected to last ten years or more. Dental implants are also capable of lasting a lifetime, though they may occasionally need adjustments or repairs (perhaps every 7 or 8 years).
Cosmetic dentistry is an even better value when you compare it to a new outfit, new shoes, or a new bag. You may wear that outfit only a few times at special occasions, but your smile you will wear every day and show everyone, from your longest friend to your newest acquaintance.
Besides, is it ever a waste of money to invest in something that will make you feel good about yourself?
Decide for Yourself
If you are on the fence about cosmetic dentistry, listen to the advice of all your trusted friends and family, but remember that the decision is ultimately yours.