Is preventive dentistry cosmetic dentistry?

How is cosmetic dentistry used for preventive dentistry?

Some people think of cosmetic dentistry as something that is unnecessary compared to other dental services. However, when you visit your dentist and need cosmetic dental services, you may be interested to know that many of these cosmetic treatment options actually act as preventive dentistry. Dental care isn’t just about looking good – it’s about health. When you suffer from oral pain, struggle to eat, and have low self-esteem from teeth that embarrass you, your quality of life goes down. Here are some of the treatment options that many patients derive a benefit from. If you want to live your best life, then you need a healthy smile and cosmetic dentistry can help.

Dental Orthodontics

Orthodontics is a dentistry specialty that addresses the diagnosis, prevention, and correction of crooked teeth and jaws, and misaligned bite patterns. Many of the ortho treatments focus on straightening crooked or mis-aligned teeth, orthodontics are considered to be cosmetic. However, by straightening your teeth and jaw appropriately, these ortho treatments may help prevent the need to have invasive surgery to correct alignment, prevent the need to extract teeth or other spacing issues.

Dental Fillings

In general, fillings are a type of material that is used to fill the space created by a cavity. Fillings are used to repair cracked or broken teeth and teeth that have been worn down from misuse (such as from nail-biting or tooth grinding). Lucky for you there are different types of fillings that consists of composite materials that mimic the natural color of teeth. Fillings are considered cosmetic because it improves the look of a cavity and restores the appearance of the mouth. It is considered preventive dentistry because it keeps tooth damaged by the bacteria that created the cavities from spreading, which may eventually lead to your teeth falling out and call for more involved treatment options.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are usually tooth-colored caps placed on top of teeth that are damaged to protect them following treatments such as a root canal. Crowns are used to protect, cover and restore the shape of your teeth when fillings don’t solve the problem. Dental crowns can be made out of metals, porcelain, resin and ceramics. Dental crowns are also preventive dentistry in that they cover and protect a tooth that could be susceptible to damage and sensitive to hot and cold foods and typically don’t require special care over time other than regular oral hygiene treatments.

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Dental care isn’t a luxury – it’s health care. When your teeth are healthy, you feel better, you look better, and you’re more confident.


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Dr. Haight graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from The University of Missouri-Kansas City Dental School in 1993 and has intensive training and experience in variety aspects of Dentistry. Be it restorative, periodontics, orthodontics, oral surgery, implantology and non-IV sedation. He has it all. Visit Haight Family Dentistry and he will advise you on which dental procedure is best for you. Contact Haight Family Dentistry in at our Plano or our Melissa, TX by calling 972-527-5555 or request an appointment online.