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5 Reasons Not to Fear Cosmetic Dentistry


Cosmetic dentistry comes with a host of benefits and positive outcomes, yet people still push back their procedures. One primary stumbling block for many patients is fear.

One report found that 61% of respondents worldwide suffer from dental fear. Some fear the pain, others fear the smells from the chemicals or the sound of the equipment.

If it’s not the environment itself, it’s usually the negative stories people hear about others’ experiences. Most people share their stories with other potential patients, either in person or through online reviews. Some studies show that these types of external factors are some of the primary reasons why people struggle when they walk into a dental office. 

The other big fear, especially for cosmetic changes, is that you may not end up with the results you want. 

The thing is that when you partner with the right dentist, there’s really nothing to fear. We want you to feel comfortable and confident with your dental decisions, so we’ve put together a few reasons why you shouldn’t be afraid.

Modern Tools Reduce Pain and Discomfort 

When you close your eyes and picture a dentist’s office, what do you see? Maybe, like most people, you picture drills and probes that scrape away at your teeth and leave you bleeding. 

That’s not the case in modern cosmetic dentistry. 

Any dentist worth going to looks for ways to minimize the pain of their patients, not maximize it. One way they do this is by keeping up with the latest technology. Practices like ours invest heavily in high-tech equipment that reduces pain and discomfort. 

These tools offer

  • Less invasive procedures
  • More natural-looking results
  • Faster recovery times 
  • Fewer visits to the dentist
  • And more.

They also reduce the amount of blood and swelling that comes with traditional dental procedures. This can make the procedure a lot less scary in the end, especially for those who are a bit more squeamish. 

It is Affordable and Worth the Investment 

There’s no way to sugarcoat this: cosmetic dentistry is a big expense. But that shouldn’t be a roadblock for people.

Most of us spend money on what matters most to us, and the long-term, positive effects of cosmetic dentistry make it a worthwhile investment. When people like their smiles, they feel like themselves for the first time. They’re confident. They’re happier, and they’re healthier. Poor teeth are connected to a variety of health concerns. Cosmetic dentistry offers both aesthetic and functional change for people. Those results make it a worthwhile cost for many patients. 

That’s why the industry is predicted to reach over $32 billion by 2026. More and more people are realizing that their health and happiness matter. They’re seeing that cosmetic dentistry is not a purchase. It’s an investment into a happier life, and the investment doesn’t have to happen all at once. 

Many people space out larger cosmetic changes so they won’t have a large, one-time expense. Some choose to go the financing route, and others try to work with the practice to figure out the best solution. 

Whatever path forward you decide on, money shouldn’t stand in the way of an enhanced smile and happier life. 

Proper Planning Will Get You Long-Term Results You Want

For many people considering cosmetic dentistry, the fear has less to do with the actual procedure and more to do with the after-effects. How can someone be sure that they’re making the right decision? By doing the research ahead of time.

The first priority is to find a dentist you can trust. Go through their website and look through photos, reviews, and about pages. We offer both before and after photos and a smile gallery so that potential patients will see what we have to offer. 

When you examine pictures, don’t be afraid to look closely. Look for qualities of nice smiles like natural-looking colors, alignment, and uniformity in size. If you see something that looks off or too unnatural, take that as a sign that you might want to look elsewhere. 

Reviews can also help since they give you real people’s actual experiences. It’s one thing for a practice’s marketing material to talk a big game, but it’s way more valuable if you can hear from actual patients. Scan Google reviews, Yelp, or any other place you can find to get this information.

The final place worth looking into is the dentist’s about page. The more you know about his or her experience, the more confident you can be going into your procedure. When you see the long list of credentials, certificates, and degrees of dentists like Dr. Koval, you’ll know they are well prepared to handle whatever comes their way. There’s no need to worry when you have someone like that doing the work.   

There is Such Thing as a Relaxed Dental Office

Get any image of a loud, sterile, scary dental office out of your mind. That’s far from what modern cosmetic dentistry has to offer.

Our practice establishes a calming, relaxed environment beginning from the moment you walk in. Every member of the front office staff has handled their station for decades. They know our patients and always welcome them in. 

We know people could have chosen anywhere to get this work done, and we’re grateful when patients choose us. That’s why we offer complimentary services like 

  • Refreshment center with coffee, tea, and spring water
  • Fleece blanket
  • Warm, scented towels to freshen up after treatment.

This kind of treatment makes it much easier for our patients to feel at ease when they come in for a procedure. It can almost feel more like a spa treatment than a dentist’s visit, and who’s afraid of the spa?

Patients like Rose recognize the value of this calming environment. She explains that “Dr Koval manages to give you the most technical, up-to-date care while providing a comfortable calm space for her to do her work.” 

For others like Bonnie, this environment is what allows her to overcome her dislike for the dentist. She explains that “although going to a dentist is not my favorite thing, it is always a pleasant experience for my appointments. All the staff is not only professional but very caring for their patients.”

You Can Get Answers to Your Questions

Sometimes fear can be driven by a lack of knowledge. If you don’t know how something works or why a decision is being made, it can feel mysterious and uncertain. 

That’s why the best cosmetic dentists love to share their knowledge and expertise with patients. Dr. Koval always tries to educate the people who come into her office so that they know what she’s doing and why she’s making those choices. 

She also understands that she’s there to enhance your smile, so she’s not going to force you into anything you don’t want. Her goal is to get you the results you’re looking for, and she will work with you to make sure that happens. That kind of attention to patient details is what drove Ali to write that Dr. Koval “is knowledgeable, kind, and always has the best interest of her patients as a priority.” 

Finding a dentist that comes alongside you in the process will help you reduce the unknowns and all the fears that come with that. When something feels off, ask a question and look for a clear, confident answer. 

Closing Thoughts

There really is no reason to fear cosmetic dentistry when you find the right dentist. You won’t feel a lot of pain or be in a highly uncomfortable environment. The price will be well worth the results you experience, and you can plan ahead to make sure everything goes according to plan. 

All of this rests on one crucial thing, though.

You have to find the right dentist. If you’ve struggled to commit to cosmetic dentistry, reach out to Dr. Koval and experience how she can help you move forward. You shouldn’t let fear hold you back from the smile you’ve always wanted. Book a complimentary consultation today to gain confidence and clarity on your dental plans. 

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