What’s in a Name? “Cosmetic” Dentistry for Men

George Clooney. Brad Pitt. Tom Cruise—familiar names and famous faces that owe their stellar smiles to cosmetic dentistry. At our Shrewsbury, MA dentist office, we love to see that so many men are now embracing cosmetic dentistry to enhance their appearance. shrewsbury-cosmetic-dentist

Professional, Personalized Cosmetic Dentistry

Why entrust your teeth and gums to a professional? It’s a matter of customization and control. No two patients, male or female, are the same. The key to designing your ideal smile is understanding the various components of your face and teeth, including your skin tone, jawline, natural tooth color, facial structure, and symmetry. Your dentist will consider these factors, as well as your personal preferences and expectations, in developing the optimal treatment plan.

Does this mean that it isn’t possible to improve your smile outside of the dentist office? Absolutely not! Take over-the-counter teeth whitening products, for example. Relatively simple to use, most OTC whitening kits are capable of removing superficial stains. Even so, they lack the ability to deliver custom, consistent results, much less the stain-removing power of professional teeth whitening.

Oral Health Concerns for Men

It doesn’t take a copy of “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” to see that men and woman have very different oral health needs, and that many of these needs can be met in part by cosmetic dentistry. Consider:

  • Men are more likely to sustain damage to teeth in accidents or sports injuries. Tooth bonding and porcelain veneers restore a natural appearance to teeth that have been chipped, cracked, or made jagged by breakage.
  • Untreated acid reflux gradually erodes tooth enamel and is more common among males. Damaged tooth enamel is more likely to become stained, often so badly that OTC whitening is no longer an option. Veneers and bonding work well in this case. If stains are the only problem, your dentist may recommend the Kor whitening deep bleaching system.
  • Men who take certain medications, such as those prescribed for prostate health, hypertension, and diabetes, often experience dry mouth as a side effect. Dry mouth significantly increases a man’s risk for tooth decay, often resulting in cavities. Unlike metal fillings, tooth-colored fillings appear similar to your natural teeth, making them less conspicuous.

Benefits of a Healthy, Attractive Smile

Men often balk when they hear the word “cosmetic.” This isn’t about masking your appearance; it’s about enhancing it. It’s impossible to deny that the appeal of a bright, well-cared-for smile is universal. Studies confirm that men and women alike respond more favorably to people who have healthy smiles. Women are more likely to associate an attractive smile with a caring, warm personality. Men, on the other hand, associate healthy smiles with such qualities as success and professionalism.

For questions about our services, or to schedule an appointment at Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury, contact us at (508) 842-8838. We welcome patients living in North and South Grafton, Hopkinton, Worcester, and the neighboring communities. For the latest tips and updates from our Shrewsbury dentist office, follow us on Facebook.