There are many ways that cosmetic dentists are similar to plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and others in the cosmetic industry. One thing we put a lot of emphasis on is “before and after" pictures that show the real difference cosmetic dentistry can make. You need to look at before and after images when picking a cosmetic dentist, but that’s only part of the story. There are many things that come after the “after” picture, and your choice of cosmetic dentist can make all the difference in the years that follow your procedure.
The “After Myth”
One problem with before and after pictures is that they create a false impression. They make people think of a fairy tale’s “happily ever after,” but this is misleading. In order to maintain the “after” appearance, there may be a lot more work required than people like to think about.
This is particularly true when it comes to weight loss, where maintaining your goal weight can be as difficult as it was to achieve in the first place, but it’s also true of cosmetic dentistry.
Although cosmetic dentistry restorations are durable and the results are long-lasting, care must be taken to ensure that these results are fully satisfying and achieve their maximum lifespan.
“After” Is Just the Beginning
There are many reasons why people need cosmetic dentistry or reconstructive dentistry. Among them is poor oral hygiene when younger or lifestyle choices that can have a negative impact on your teeth. If you want your cosmetic dentistry results to last, you have to closely examine the reasons why your teeth needed care in the first place. You have to be prepared to make changes so that your restorations won’t suffer the same fate as your natural teeth. Porcelain veneers, for example, can be damaged by the same things that caused your natural teeth to chip and crack.
Dental implants, too, depend on good oral hygiene that can protect them from gum disease, and giving up smoking is strongly recommended to help them last.
With proper care, your cosmetic dentistry can last a lifetime, but if you are careless, your results may be ruined far too soon.
Why Your Dentist Makes a Difference
Not all cosmetic dentists have the same level of care when it comes to your “after.” Ideally, you should find a cosmetic dentist who will work with you for years to come.
Even if you’re going back to your regular dentist for general dentistry, you want to find a cosmetic dentist who is open to talking about your procedure and will communicate with your regular dentist to make sure your smile gets the care it deserves.
If you are looking for a Las Vegas cosmetic dentist who isn’t just concerned with making a pretty picture on their website but is actually concerned about making your smile last, please call (702) 873-0324 for an appointment at the office of Dr. James B. Polley.