General Cosmetic Dentistry FAQ
A: Cosmetic dentistry is responsible for improving the overall appearance of your teeth. Whereas general dentistry is meant to maintain the health of your teeth and gums, cosmetic dentistry not only improves but will also preserve your smile.
Common procedures include but are not limited to:
A: A cosmetic dentist has the training and experience to enhance your smile that a general dentist will not have. For example, if you have a crooked teeth but don't want to have braces as an adult, a cosmetic dentist can offer an alternative to braces that will straighten your teeth to get you the smile you've always wanted.
A: Before any work is done on your smile, our experienced cosmetic dentist will sit down with you for a consultation. We will examine your teeth, take the x-rays, and give you our recommendations of how to fix your smile.
To make sure you're a good candidate for any dental procedure, you should meet the following requirements:
- You are currently in good health
- You maintain good dental health such as regularly brushing, flossing, receiving semiannual dental checkups, etc.
- Want to improve the look of your smile
A: Besides a beautiful, healthy smile? There are several benefits to cosmetic dentistry, and not just the self-confidence and positive impact you'll have on your life. It can also improve the health of your teeth and protect your smile from further dental issues such as preventing further damage of your teeth; prevent damage to your gums and bones; and improves your overall oral health.
A: The answer varies with each individual and each procedure. Sometimes, the results can come after only a couple of visits to our office. Other times, it can take some time. Our cosmetic dentists will come up with a plan to get you the smile you're dreaming of in the quickest time possible. All you have to do is start the journey!
Teeth Whitening FAQ
A: No, teeth whitening has little to no effect on any dental work you currently have. However, it may reduce the bond strength between the enamel and any restorations you may have had done. This is why you should only have a cosmetic dentist handle any teeth whitening procedures.
A: The simple answer is no, professional teeth whitening does not damage the enamel of your tooth. Teeth whitening will only brighten the stained area of your teeth, which is called dentin. As long as you do not overuse any whitening products, your teeth will remain protected.
A: Typically, teeth whitening can last anywhere from six month to approximately two years. By avoiding food and drink that can cause stains such as coffee and red wine, the results may last for much longer.
A: No, sensitivity is usually a temporary side effect that only lasts a day or two. Your teeth will return to their usual sensitivity state after the process is complete.
A: If you take care of your veneers, the expected lifetime can be from anywhere to 7 to 20 years before they need to be replaced.
A: This is a common concern with our patients. During the procedure, a mold will be taken of your current teeth so the veneers can match the exact color, size, and shape. In some cases, some ask for a whiter shade than their natural teeth, then will undergo tooth whitening to get the bright, white smile they're looking for.
A: That's the great thing about veneers, they don't stain!
A: There is a possibility of getting cavities with a veneer in place. However, if you take care of your teeth and practice good oral hygiene, you won't have to worry about tooth decay.
A: The best way to keep your aligners clean is a simple toothbrush and toothpaste. Remember to rinse them in lukewarm water; never use hot water since it can damage the plastic. If you break or lose your aligners, let the doctor know right away. You may be giving a previous set while your new aligners are ordered.
A: Like most dental procedures, the length of time depends on the patient. On average, Invisalign treatment can last between 12 to 18 months but you should start seeing results within a few weeks.
A: Following the treatment, the doctor may recommend you use a retainer to prevent your teeth from shifting back. You may need to wear the retainer full time, though as time progresses, you may only have to wear them at night.
A: If you are currently wearing braces or have worn braces in the past, Invisalign may still be beneficial to straightening your smile. It's important to speak with your doctor to see if it's the right choice for you.
Dental Implants FAQ
A: Like many dental procedures, you can experience minor discomfort for the first few days following the surgery. However, it can be less painful when compared to a tooth extraction.
A: No, although it may be possible to have your implants placed beneath your dentures, to help stabilize and support what's already there. It's important to speak with the doctor to see if your dentures are in the right condition.
A: No. Dental implants are fixed to your bone so they cannot be removed.
A: Yes! Unlike natural teeth, which can experience decay over time, dental implants will not be affected by dental disease. As long as you keep up proper dental health and keep your gums healthly, your implants will last for your entire life.