Cosmetic dentistry is one of the fastest growing areas of dentistry and has its share of supporters and critics. A lot of people think that cosmetic dentistry is important since many view a good smile as a great asset. On the other hand, there are also people who think that the cost of the treatments do not make up for benefits it provides.

What is cosmetic dentistry, anyway? For those not in the know, cosmetic dentistry is any dental procedure done to improve the way your teeth looks, which in turn affects your smile. More often than not, the procedure is done without any medical reason for doing so and many see it as vanity instead of a need. On the other hand, there are also people who believe that boosting one's self confidence is just one of the pychological benefits attributed to improving one's smile, especially after terrible experiences from having bad teeth.

Some of the most common procedures in cosmetic dentistry are: tooth whitening, tooth shaping, dental implants, porcelain veneers, and gum lifts. None of these are actually done primarily for the purpose of dental health although it is true that veneers are also used to protect a damaged tooth and tooth shaping can correct a person's bite. Improving a person's teeth and smile are usually the only reasons behind cosmetic dentistry procedures.

Going back to the original question: is cosmetic dentistry a need or vanity? If I were to answer that, I'd say "it depends". Is cosmetic dentistry used for vanity? I think so, yes. But are vain people the only ones who do so? Of course not.

People are different and have different situations. Some people get picked on because of their teeth and end up with low self-esteem. There are a lot of people who have a weird bite that could have also been easily corrected by Aurora dentists with a simple teeth shaping procedure or gum lifts. The term "need" is subjective, as I would personally say. If a person can afford cosmetic dentistry procedures and thinks that it can help him or her in some way, then why not? Alternatively, if someone can afford it but already has a nice smile and is simply aiming to perfect it, still, why not? It's only bad if you put it as a priority when you don't have the budget to do so.