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FAQ About Cosmetic Dentistry
If you have been thinking of undergoing a cosmetic dental procedure then you are in luck as we have come up with a few frequently asked questions we often hear from our patients at Vita Dental. We have also provided their answers so you will be informed on various cosmetic dental procedures.
How is cosmetic dentistry different from other types of dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is aimed to give you a healthy flawless smile. The options provided by cosmetic dentistry are meant to improve and preserve your smile. Some of the common cosmetic treatment options include:
- Teeth whitening
- Dental implants
- Tooth Fillings
- Tooth reshaping
- Smile makeovers
- Braces and Invisalign
What are the benefits of cosmetic dental procedures?
A healthy smile improves your self-confidence, which positively affects the social and overall aspects of your life. However, cosmetic dentistry offers more than great smiles. It ensures that your overall oral health is improved. Your mouth will look better, will function better and will be in great health.
Will dental insurance pay for my cosmetic dental procedure?
At Vita Dental, we accept most of the commercial insurances. Some insurance might cover part of your cosmetic procedure, others will fully cover the procedure while some of the procedures are not covered at all. We will be happy to review your benefit plans to help you assess what is covered so that you can know exactly what to pay out of the pocket once the procedure is done.
What are porcelain veneers and what is the process of getting them?
Porcelain veneers are porcelain laminates bonded on the front surface of the teeth. They are used on teeth that are discolored, those that are crooked or teeth that have gaps. The dentist will make a model of your tooth and the veneer is created using this model. The veneer is later bonded on the tooth. The benefits of veneers are that they are durable and strong. The procedure is also noninvasive and it is not complicated. At Vita Dental, our dentists have vast experience working with porcelain veneer patients and our services are the best.
What is tooth whitening?
At Vita Dental, we perform tooth whitening using oxygenating elements to brighten and lighten your teeth. If your teeth are discolored this is the best procedure for you. The tooth whitening procedure is safe and will not damage your teeth. For patients with severe tooth discoloration, we recommend other dental cosmetic options such as veneers or composite bonding.
What are Invisalign braces?
Invisalign are clear aligners that are gaining popularity since unlike metal braces they are clear, making it hard for others to notice that one is wearing them. They can be used to clear minor to moderate gaps in your teeth and they are effective in treating crooked or misaligned teeth. They gradually shift teeth closer closing gaps and enhancing your smile.
If I have missing teeth, are there cosmetic dental procedures that can give me a better smile?
If you are missing a row of teeth, we recommend that you get a dental bridge or dental implants. Dentures can also provide a solution for those missing many teeth although these are not part of cosmetic dentistry. We recommend that you visit us at Vita Dental so that we can evaluate if you are a good candidate for any of the named procedures.
Can my child or teenager undergo cosmetic treatment?
The cosmetic procedures suitable for children and teenagers depend on their age and the specific problem that needs correcting. Cosmetic procedures that can be effective for children’s oral health include composite bonding, veneers, bridges, and Invisalign. We recommend that you book an appointment at Vita Dental so that we can evaluate your child’s teeth and advice on the best cosmetic dental procedure for him or her.
Will my new smile last?
Proper maintenance of your teeth after a cosmetic dental procedure is essential for your new smile. With the right home care and regular visits to the dentist, your new smile can last for many years.
I am a smoker, will I face any restrictions when it comes to cosmetic treatment?
Smoking is not a good habit for your oral health. It increases the risk of getting gum disease, development of oral cancer, loss of oral bone structure, and is a leading cause of tooth loss.
As a smoker, you will face a few restrictions when it comes to cosmetic dental treatments. For one, smokers cannot have dental implants as the habit increases the risk of implant failure. Thus, you need to quit smoking first. Additionally, smokers are not the best candidates for tooth whitening since the whitening effect will not last.
How do I determine the best cosmetic dentist?
One of the things to consider is the dentist training. While some dentists might be trained to perform all cosmetic dental procedures, others might not have the knowledge to perform some of the procedures. Thus, you might find that the dentist might involve other dental professionals during your treatment. It is important to inquire about your dentist’s training.
Another thing to consider is the experience. Ask to see the before and after photos of patients who have undergone some cosmetic dental procedures. Ask questions about the treatments and how much experience the dentist has with a particular procedure.
Further, enquire if the dentist is accredited with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). Accredited dentist are provided with extensive continuing education and are frequently tested to ensure their skills in different cosmetic dentistry procedures are fit for accreditation status.
At Vita dental, our cosmetic dentists are accredited with AACD and they have the needed experience and training to give you the best service and a quality healthy smile.
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