15 Mar

Why Cosmetic Dentistry Isn’t Just About Your Smile

You may be self-conscious about your smile or the fact that you are lacking teeth, but you may not fully understand how it affects you and your overall health. Cosmetic dentistry is designed to restore your smile. While dentures, implants, or bridges can be expensive, they are a wise investment for both your appearance and your health.

Teeth Are Important to Your Health

Your ability to chew properly and nourish your body is directly related to the state of your mouth. If you are missing several or all of your teeth, you are likely not chewing effectively. If you are only missing a few teeth, the rest of your mouth is working overtime to compensate for those missing teeth. This can cause a number of problems, including issues with the structure of the mouth and putting undue stress on particular remaining teeth or the jaw.

If you don’t have enough teeth to chew effectively, your body cannot get the nourishment it needs. You may find yourself avoiding foods because they are too hard to eat, such as red meat. The food that you do eat will not be chewed efficiently, which makes the stomach work harder to break down the food so that it can be utilized by the body.

Mental Health

Your smile isn’t just important to your body; it is also important to your state of mind. People who feel like they have to hide their smiles are more likely to have poor self-esteem, a low self-image, depression, social anxiety, and other mental health disorders. It is important for your overall wellbeing that you use cosmetic dentistry to have the best smile possible.

If you are in need of cosmetic dentistry, contact us today for an appointment. Our experienced and compassionate staff can examine your mouth and help you make the right decision to restore your smile for the health of your body and mind.

Dr. Obrochta