The Pros and Cons of Cosmetic Dentistry

Unveiling Your Dream Smile

Many of us are obsessed with the way our teeth look. Think about it. What’s the first thing you notice about a person? For most of us, it’s the person’s teeth. Nevertheless, even though a lot of us are obsessed with teeth, ⅓ of Americans are dissatisfied with the way their teeth look.

That’s where cosmetic dentistry comes in. Cosmetic dentistry can help improve your smile and overall dental health. However, there are pros and cons to cosmetic dentistry so we’ve compiled a list to help you decide whether it’s the right choice for you.

Challenges of Cosmetic Dentistry

Teeth Sensitivity

While many good effects come with cosmetic dentistry, such as improved appearance and confidence, it’s essential to be aware of the potential downsides before you consider pursuing any procedures. Certain cosmetic procedures, such as teeth whitening, can make your teeth sensitive to extreme hot or cold temperatures. You’re also encouraged to stay away from foods and drinks that can stain your teeth, such as coffee or berries.


Some procedures are permanent or semi-permanent where once you’ve received treatment, it’s very challenging to go back. Dental crowns or bridges, veneers, and dental implants all have a level of permanence to them. Your dentist will thoroughly review all risks, including permanence with you before any procedure.


The biggest challenge we see associated with cosmetic dentistry is the cost of procedures, as insurance companies generally don’t offer coverage for cosmetic (elective) services. Many people don’t just have a disposable income available for cosmetic dentistry procedures, so price can be a major drawback. For example, veneers can cost anywhere between $925 and $2,500 per tooth. Financing options are available to help cover these costs for those interested.

Pros of Cosmetic Dentistry

Health Boost

Kidney problems, heart disease, diabetes, and even oral cancer are some serious consequences of bad oral hygiene. Gum disease and tooth decay are also issues to worry about with poor oral care. Certain procedures can help protect your teeth and gums from further damage and make it easier to maintain positive oral hygiene. Typically after a cosmetic procedure, patients are more motivated to take good care of their teeth, leading to a healthier, happier person.

Confidence Boost

The most obvious benefit of cosmetic dentistry is the confidence boost one gets from having a brighter, straighter smile. After any cosmetic dentistry procedure, you are much more likely to feel better about your teeth, smile, and overall appearance. No more uncomfortable social situations trying to hide your smile.

Looking Younger

Having healthy teeth can help make you look younger. A youthful smile lights up your entire face and can completely change your outlook on life. Not only will you look younger, you’ll also feel younger, which is just as important.

Set up an appointment by calling our office at 252.247.6704 to talk with a dentist about if cosmetic dentistry is right for you. We’re here to answer any of your questions to help you make the step for better oral health and a more confident smile.


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