In these times when beauty and eternal youth are of paramount concern, it is of little wonder that cosmetic dentistry has emerged as a popular choice. Numerous people choose to utilize the many treatments cosmetic dentists offer to improve their smiles.

While cosmetic dentistry might not be the proverbial Fountain of Youth, there are certainly plenty of benefits that come with choosing to visit James W. Mellert, your cosmetic dentist in Torrance.


You thought we were going to start off by telling you one of the benefits of cosmetic dentistry is that it improves your smile. Well, while that is certainly true, there are plenty of less obvious benefits associated with cosmetic dentistry.

Once you have had your teeth cleaned, straightened or whatever procedure you have done to improve your smile, you will want to maintain the results. For this reason, you are motivated to improve your dental hygiene.

So suddenly, instead of spending 30 seconds brushing your teeth once a day, you spent two or three minutes brushing your teeth two or three times a day. And instead of sucking down a sugary soda when you get thirsty, you choose a glass of water instead. You even cut down the amount of coffee you drink because it can stain your teeth.

You go from someone who never really gave oral hygiene a second thought to someone who takes great care of their teeth.

Improves Self-Confidence

When you have unsightly teeth, you don’t want to show off your smile; in fact, you don’t really want to be seen at all. You might avoid any type of social situation because you are embarrassed by the look of your teeth.

But then you have a few cosmetic procedures performed by your dentist and they really improve the way your teeth look. In fact, your teeth look so good that you want to show them off.

Of course you do, this is because you have improved self-confidence. You no longer think about how your teeth look because, well, they look amazing. And now your social calendar is all filled up.

Health Boost

Teeth that are straight are much easier to keep clean that teeth that are crooked. This means that people with bad teeth tend to have more dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease.

Unfortunately, there are several other health issues that are tied directly to oral health including heart disease, kidney problems and oral cancer. People with poor oral health may also suffer headaches and joint pain.

Restoring your smile with cosmetic dentistry will boost your oral health and therefore boost your overall health.

Look Younger

Some common signs of aging include dental erosion and discolored teeth. Think about what your grandparent’s teeth looked like and you get the idea. By correcting these minor issues, you can take years off how old you look. No kidding, a few minor dental procedures can go a long way.

Help Prevent Future Damage

While many cosmetic dental procedures simply improve the look of your smile, some can actually help prevent future damage. For example, bonding is used to improve your appearance, but it also strengthens your teeth and can prevent further damage and wear on these already compromised places.

Enhance Your Career

Unless you are an actor or model, you might not think that the appearance of your teeth is a factor for your success. But then you would be wrong.

If your teeth are an embarrassment to you, you probably mope around the office not smiling or talking to anybody. You might even be perceived as unfriendly or unmotivated by colleges and your boss.

But after a few visits to the dentist and a whole new look, you look better and it shows in your demeanor. And when you feel more confident in how you look, you are more likely to talk to people, smile and take on the challenges that can boost your career.

You also look happier, which gives the appearance of greater motivation and dedication to your career.

Short Recovery Time with Long-Lasting Results

An additional benefit of cosmetic dentistry is that most of the treatments require very little recovery time. In addition, most of the procedures are very limited in the amount of pain you will feel. In fact, you won’t feel any pain during or after many of the treatments and there is no downtime whatsoever.
Of course, you could ignore the problems you now have with your teeth, but down the road it could make matters worse. A treatment that would be painless with little recovery time could wind up becoming a problem that takes a painful, expensive treatment to fix.

Eat the Things You Like

Teeth that are decayed, cracked or otherwise damaged make it difficult to eat some of the foods you love. When you have these problems corrected, eating is once again pleasurable.

If you are interested in cosmetic dental treatments, contact James W. Mellert.