couple smiling and embracing eachotherThere have always been a number of misconceptions about how best to take care of your and your family’s oral health. However, some can be particularly misleading. Here are five of the most damaging myths about family and cosmetic dentistry.

Cosmetic Dentistry Never Improves the Health of Your Smile

The truth is that the health and beauty of your smile are closely intertwined. Often, cosmetic dental procedures are not solely cosmetic. Wasilla dental procedures such as tooth replacement are smile-enhancing and, more importantly, prevent many potential problems such as tooth movement, bone loss and difficulty chewing and speaking. Straight teeth are not just more attractive, they’re easier to clean and more effective at biting and chewing, which makes them healthier.

A Dental Bridge Is the Only Way to Replace a Missing Tooth

Dental bridges can successfully replace a lost tooth. However, dental implants are often a better choice for replacing one or more missing teeth. Dental implants have many advantages for Southern Alaska dental patients. They feel like natural teeth, they are stronger, and they are easier to clean than dental bridges. Also, dental bridges depend on your natural teeth for support, which can put those teeth at risk. Dental implants support themselves, so they don’t require us to modify your natural teeth. And while dental bridges might last 10-15 years, dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care.

Tooth implants can also be used to anchor dentures or partial dentures.

At-Home Kits Are as Effective for Tooth Whitening as a Professional Dental Solution

Teeth whitening kits you buy at the store can be effective and safe when used as directed. But their benefits are limited. At Excellence In Dentistry, we offer our Eagle River dental patients teeth whitening treatments that provide a much greater level of whiteness than at-home kits. At-home kits may remove surface stains, but they do not provide optimum results and can often lead to uneven coloring.

Dental Bonding Is the Best Way to Fix a Chipped Tooth

Dental bonding can restore the shape of a tooth. It has many benefits, including the fact that it’s inexpensive and fast. However, it may not be the best long-term solution, and it’s not the most attractive solution. If you have a damaged tooth, you may be a good candidate for porcelain veneers. These not only look better immediately, it can last much longer.

Braces Are the Only Way to Straighten Teeth

Braces are often part of a transforming dental makeover for our Eagle River teens and adults alike. However, if your teeth are only slightly crooked, Invisalign clear braces can reshape your teeth and dramatically improve your smile. We also offer veneers, which can straighten your teeth in just a couple weeks, while repairing chips and brightening your smile. We sometimes call them “instant orthodontics.”

Call us at (907) 349-0022 to set up an appointment so we can determine the best solution for you.