Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Cosmetic Dentistry Q & A

In this post I will answer some frequently asked questions regarding cosmetic dentistry:

Q. What is cosmetic dentistry?

A. Cosmetic dentistry describes any dental procedure designed to improve the overall appearance of one's teeth and smile. It can be in the form of cosmetic dental resin bonding, porcelain veneers, all-ceramic crowns or even dental implants with porcelain crowns over them. There are numerous options and the pros and cons should be discussed with your cosmetic dentist prior to treatment.

Q. How quickly will I be able to complete my cosmetic dentistry treatment?

A. Cosmetic dental procedures can usually be performed in as little as one or 2 visits. Consult with your dentist to see what procedures are right for you and determine how many visits your procedures will take.

Q. How long will my new smile last?

A. It depends on the type of procedure you have performed and how well you take care of it- including proper home care and regular dental cleanings. Resin bondings for example tend to wear and discolor with time as opposed to porcelain work which is virtually maintenance free. Again, consult with your cosmetic dentist to find out which procedures are best for you.

Q. Is cosmetic dentistry worth the time and the cost?

A. The decision to have cosmetic dentistry performed is a personal one. The benefits and costs involved should be discussed with your dentist. It is crucial to seek out a dentist that has a lot of experience with cosmetic dentistry and one that keeps up with learning the newest techniques and trends. Most people have found the benefits to be well worth their investment- They continue to enjoy it for many years to come.

Q. Who is a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry?

A. Almost anyone can benefit from cosmetic dentistry- whether it be whitening your teeth, straightening them with Invisalign or doing porcelain veneers or bonding- These procedures will improve your self esteem and give you that great smile you have always wanted!

Q. How important is your smile?

A. Your smile says a lot about you. When people see and talk with you there are two facial features they most focus on- Your eyes and your smile. A winning smile gives you confidence and self-assurance.