Debunking Common Dental & Cosmetic Dentistry Myths

Dental health is a crucial aspect of our overall well-being, and it’s essential to have accurate information to make informed decisions about our oral care. Unfortunately, dental myths often circulate, creating misconceptions about many dental hygiene and cosmetic dentistry treatments. Often, these are enough to put you off booking that all-important appointment.

The good news is that with our wealth of dental expertise, we’re confident in debunking the following myths, so you can rest assured that your treatments are safe and effective.


Myth 1: Cosmetic dentistry is only about aesthetics

Cosmetic dentistry goes beyond enhancing the appearance of your teeth; it can also improve their functionality. Treatments such as Invisalign, composite bonding, and porcelain veneers not only enhance your smile but can also correct issues like misaligned teeth or chips, thereby improving your overall dental health. These procedures often result in a more beautiful smile and better oral function.


Myth 2: Invisalign is only for teenagers

Have you heard that Invisalign, the clear aligner system, is only for teenagers? Not true! In reality, Invisalign can benefit individuals of all ages, from children to adults. It offers a discreet and comfortable alternative to traditional braces, making orthodontic treatment more accessible for adults who may have concerns about appearance during the treatment process.


Myth 3: Composite bonding provides durable restorations

Composite bonding is a versatile cosmetic dentistry procedure used to repair chipped, cracked, or discoloured teeth. Composite bonding is not as durable as porcelain veneers. However, when performed by a skilled dentist and with proper care, composite bonding can last for many years, providing an effective and budget-friendly solution for smile enhancement.


Myth 4: Porcelain veneers require excessive tooth removal

A common misconception about porcelain veneers is that they involve removing a significant amount of your natural teeth. . This isn’t true fi the teeth are in the correct position — we typically remove a minimal amount of enamel during the veneer placement process. This alteration of tooth structure is necessary to ensure a natural fit and appearance.


Myth 5: Teeth whitening harms tooth enamel

Teeth whitening myths often revolve around concerns about enamel damage. Professional teeth whitening procedures are safe when provided by a dental care professional. They use bleaching agents that have been specifically designed to minimise any potential harm to tooth enamel. It’s essential to follow your dentist’s instructions and avoid over-the-counter products, which may not be as enamel-friendly.

Teeth whitening, when done right, won’t hurt your teeth. Dentists use safe bleaching agents like hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to chemically whiten your teeth, making your smile brighter without damaging your enamel. Sometimes, you might feel a bit of tooth sensitivity or gum irritation, but it’s temporary and very safe.


Myth 6: Dental hygiene is only about brushing and flossing

Dental hygiene goes beyond daily brushing and flossing. It includes regular dental check-ups, professional cleanings, and maintaining a balanced diet. Neglecting any of these aspects can lead to oral health issues. Regular dental visits allow your dentist to detect and address potential problems early, ensuring your oral health remains in top shape. By the time you are experiencing symptoms, invasive treatment in inevitable.


Myth 7: Brushing harder cleans teeth better

Some people believe that brushing their teeth vigorously or using a hard-bristle toothbrush will clean their teeth better. However brushing too hard can damage tooth enamel and irritate the gums, leading to sensitivity and potential gum recession. The key is to brush gently but thoroughly, using a soft-bristled, electric toothbrush, to effectively remove plaque and food particles without harming your teeth and gums.


Myth 8: Dental X-rays are unsafe

Concerns about radiation exposure often lead to the misconception that dental X-rays are unsafe. In reality, modern dental X-ray equipment uses extremely low levels of radiation. The dosage of routine intra-oral x-rays is less than one day of natural background radiation. It is also about the same amount of radiation exposure from a short airplane flight (1-2hrs).

Dental X-rays are essential for diagnosing dental issues that may not be visible during a visual examination, and the benefits of timely diagnosis and treatment far outweigh the minimal radiation risk. Dentists only recommend X-rays when necessary and follow strict safety guidelines.


Honest, quality oral care with The Row Dental

In the world of dental care, myths can easily misguide individuals and deter them from seeking treatments that could significantly improve their oral health and confidence. It’s crucial to separate fact from fiction and rely on reputable sources and professional guidance when making decisions about your dental care.

Invest in quality, reliable dental care with The Row Dental, from cosmetic dentistry to dental hygiene, our team of experts have you covered. Get in touch with us to find out more or book your appointment now.

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