In a nutshell, orthodontic dentistry is critical to good oral and overall health whilst cosmetic dentistry—such as teeth whitening—is not critical. The primary goal of orthodontic dentistry is to fix the patient’s teeth and set them in the right place. The orthodontist is mainly concerned with the treatment of improper bites and crooked teeth. The patient’s appearance—a reason for cosmetic dentistry—is secondary to good oral health in orthodontic treatment.
The fact that Orthodontic treatment is recommended as early as age 7 is just one fact that dispels the myth that this treatment is only undertaken for cosmetic reasons which usually prevails later in life. The earlier it is performed, the better. Orthodontics is so much more than mere cosmetic dentistry. Though the result of this treatment might be considered cosmetic dentistry to some, the primary goal of orthodontic treatment is more fundamental than cosmetic dentistry.
If teeth are misaligned and don’t meet correctly, there can be a strain on the jaw which can result in headaches. Crooked teeth or teeth that are not aligned properly or spaces between the teeth will affect biting and chewing but other problems may also be present. Difficulty in swallowing and breathing may persist and even speech may be impaired. Not to disparage cosmetic dentistry because having beautiful straight teeth is important and attractive. But there are more crucial things to consider such as the need to address and alleviate any potential health problems associated with the teeth or jaw.
The benefits of cosmetic dentistry include improved appearance and, thus, heightened self-esteem. Let’s look at what kinds of popular cosmetic dentistry options available to you at Forest & Ray:
White fillings– Replace the ugly, outdated, dark amalgam fillings with attractive looking, aesthetically pleasing white fillings that blend with your teeth. We use the very latest materials for white fillings, as there have been significant advances in strength and durability in recent years.
So, orthodontists and cosmetic dentists both help patients improve their oral health and boost their confidence and self-esteem. At Forest & Ray’s Dental Clinic, regardless of orthodontics or cosmetics, you don’t have to sacrifice quality while you enjoy your beautiful new smile. Contact us today!