We know there are many things competing for an investment of your time and money. We’ll talk more about time later, but for today let’s focus on the question of money. Here are some reasons why dental care is the right place to put your money, instead of, say, the latest gadget on the market.
It Improves Appearance and Health
One of the best things about dental care is that it’s pretty much always a twofer–you get a more attractive smile, and a healthier one, too. And the health effects go far beyond your mouth. Improving your bite can treat TMJ, resulting in fewer headaches, as well as reduction of other symptoms.
Not only that, but improving your smile and treating gum disease can lead to a significant reduction of risk for other health conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, and pneumonia.
Reduces Healthcare Costs
Along with reduced risk of serious systemic conditions, there is also the matter of reduced cost. A recent study looking at the cost of treating pregnancy, diabetes, heart disease, and other vascular conditions showed that getting gum disease treated saved sometimes thousands of dollars in annual health costs, sometimes dropping costs by nearly 75%.
That’s good for your heart and your wallet.
A Gadget Won’t Make You Happy
If there’s one thing that recent research has confirmed, it’s that all the stuff in the world won’t make you happy. Instead, it’s experiences that make us happy. Instead, it’s investments in experiences that make us happy, like the experience of a trip, or, maybe, the experience of daily being happy and comfortable with your smile and seeing other people smile back at you.
Cosmetic Dentistry Lasts Longer
If you’re considering buying that new gadget, think about how long it’s really going to last you. The average span between releases of iPhones, for example, is only about 300 days–and we all know how the shine comes off the old model when the new one is released.
And your trip probably won’t last much more than a month, even if the memories last a lifetime.Cosmetic dentistry, on the other hand, will give you at least ten years of great results, and with proper maintenance will also last a lifetime.
Don’t Buy Another Thing
If you’re considering splashing out on something expensive, like a new gadget or a new pair of shoes, ask yourself whether it’s really worth it, or if you might be happier if you decide instead to invest in your smile.