It’s common knowledge that we live in very appearance oriented times. But what many people may fail to consider is that human society has always been oriented in this way. Women in ancient Greece would use lead powder to lighten their complexions, and in Victorian times it was usual for people to clean their teeth with either salt or bicarbonate-of-soda, the latter of which is still used today! The drive to improve our appearances has existed in one form or another for hundreds – if not thousands – of years, and in modern times cosmetic enhancement is a thriving industry. Treatments on offer include anything from facelifts to hair transplants. And one practice that is particularly common is cosmetic dentistry.
Dentistry for the Modern Age
There are many different types of cosmetic dentistry, all designed to treat specific problems relating to the jaw, mouth and teeth. Almost anything can be treated, from yellowing teeth to severe underbites. But, as with any type of cosmetic procedure, it’s perfectly possible to make cosmetic dentistry a step too far. Western culture in particular has a preoccupation with perfection, which can drive many people into having procedures performed which are medically unnecessary and cost thousands of pounds. So how far is too far?
Confidence is Key
It’s important to remember that many people who have cosmetic dentistry done for reasons other than necessity, do so because they feel as though improving their smile would greatly benefit their lives. There may be many reasons for this, including a lack of confidence, low self-esteem, or even bullying. Teeth whitening is a perfect example of a procedure which is not classed as ‘necessary’, but which can transform a person’s smile to such a great degree that they are happy to smile and laugh in public, whereas before they may have felt self-conscious and ashamed. In this type of scenario, cosmetic dentistry has untold benefits. However for cosmetic dentistry to be effective and worthwhile, it’s important that the patient is undergoing it for the right reasons.
Making the Right Choice
Being sensible about cosmetic dentistry means understanding the implications of going through a procedure, from the monetary cost to the recovery time, as well as whether or not a particular procedure will have any impact upon your life. So if you’re considering cosmetic dentistry, finding a reputable provider should be your first step, as they will be able to assess your needs and advise you on the best course of action to take.