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September 01 2010

Cosmetic Dentistry – Why Do You Want It?

For people who are unhappy with how they look, especially around the jaw or lower region of the face, cosmetic dentistry is a possible solution. Some people have to have it done because they’re born with something like either an over or underbite, meaning that they have trouble doing simple things like eating and talking. At any rate, it is a procedure that takes requires quite a bit of thought, since it not only usually involves a surgical component, but because it is also quite expensive. There are a lot of people who aren’t sure about whether this sort of surgery is right for them or not, so I wrote this article to explain the advantages and disadvantages.

If you want to look up this sort of surgery online, type in “oral and maxillofacial surgery”. What happens is that the muscles in the lower jaw are nicked so that the jaw can be realigned before it is “sewn” back together. Although it isn’t really related to this area, the most common oral surgery that is performed is the removal of wisdom teeth, when someone reaches the age of 18-20 years of age.

I’m actually scheduled to have my wisdom teeth removed in October of 2010. From what I know, the procedure is going to set me back around $1300. The oral and maxillofacial surgeon is also going to have a list of anaesthetists in the area who will be present on the day to, for lack of a better phrase, knock you out. That’s probably going to be another $300-$400.

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Make sure that you ask questions regarding how much you can actually claim back both from the government and from private health insurance if you have it. I claimed back some from my private health insurance, but not Medicare (also called Medicaid in some countries).

For most people, cosmetic dentistry will never cross their minds as an option. It’s just far too expensive. If you are really intent on getting this type of surgery done for the external benefits, make sure that you have adequate finances to do so.

It’s worth paying a bit extra for someone who you know will help you change your appearance with little risk of “screwing things up”. It’s simply time consuming, frustrating and emotionally stressful to not be happy wtih a procedure that’s cost you a lot of money. You don’t want to sue them and they don’t want to be sued.

Cosmetic dentistry has distinct advantages of improving quality of life, but only if you can afford it. For the rest of us, learning to deal with what we’re born with is a more plausible and beneficial exercise in the long run.