FAQ About Cosmetic Dentistry

Whether you are looking to brighten your smile or alter a few teeth, cosmetic dentistry can help. At your consultation, your dentist will discuss your cosmetic goals and recommend a treatment plan. If you are planning to have cosmetic dentistry treatments, here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions about the same.

What are cosmetic dentistry treatments?

The field of cosmetic dentistry includes all dental treatments that are designed to improve the appearance of your teeth while also maintaining the health of your smile. Some of the most common cosmetic procedures that your dentist can provide are tooth-colored fillings, teeth whitening, and porcelain veneers.

  • Tooth-Colored Fillings

Amalgam fillings are silver in color, so dentists often recommend tooth-colored fillings for their patients who are seeking a discreet way to treat cavities. Composite resin is a durable material that can provide the same benefits as amalgam without negatively impacting your appearance.

  • Teeth Whitening

Many people who are trying to combat the effects of aging on their teeth turn to professional whitening solutions to help them reclaim their youthful smiles. Professional whitening involves applying a bleaching agent directly to the surface of teeth to remove stains and lighten your smile by several shades.

  • Porcelain Veneers

For patients who want to address multiple concerns at once, porcelain veneers can be a great option. These thin shells of dental-grade ceramic are bonded to the front surfaces of teeth to mask imperfections such as chips, cracks, gaps, discoloration, misalignment, and more.

  • Dental implants

Dental implants are titanium rods that are used to replace missing teeth and restore your ability to chew and speak naturally again. 

What types of procedures can cosmetic dentistry address?

While our cosmetic dentists are more than happy to perform just about any procedure that will improve your smile, there are a few common cosmetic treatments that they offer. Some of the most common include teeth whitening, veneers, and crowns. However, we are able to treat almost any issue you’re having with your teeth. For example, if you have crooked teeth or a bite problem, our dentists can use Invisalign® aligners to straighten your teeth and improve your bite alignment. If you need to correct stained or discolored teeth, porcelain veneers are a great option. When you need to replace one or more missing teeth, your dentist can provide you with either full dental implants or a dental bridge. Whatever the issue you come to us with, we’ll be able to provide you with a solution!

Am I a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry?

The best way to find out if you can benefit from cosmetic dentistry is to ask your dentist. At your regular exams and checkups, your cosmetic dentist can examine your teeth, gums, and mouth to decide whether or not cosmetic dentistry is right for you. You can also tell whether or not you are a good candidate based on which procedures you are interested in.

Are cosmetic treatments really safe?

Dental treatments and cosmetic dentistry procedures are performed by licensed professionals who specialize in cosmetic dental procedures. These dentists undergo extensive education and training to learn the proper techniques to perform various services safely and effectively. The tools and materials used are also carefully chosen for safety and efficacy, so there is very little risk involved in any of these treatments. That is true of even more advanced treatment options like dental implants. With all these safety measures in place, you can rest assured that your cosmetic dentistry procedure will be perfectly safe for you. Schedule a consultation to learn more or to get the treatment you need to restore your smile today.

To learn more about these and other popular cosmetic treatments and how they can benefit you, schedule a visit with our cosmetic dentist at your earliest convenience. We will be happy to answer your questions and help you determine which treatments are right for you. 

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