Questions to Ask When Contemplating Veneers
If you are thinking about getting dental veneers, you already know that these restorations provide many benefits to your smile. Once you’ve chosen a dentist, it’s time to ask questions so that you can make a decision about veneers. Here are some questions you may want to ask.
Do I need to get other dental work done first?
If you have any problems like cavities or gum disease, have them treated before getting dental veneers. The veneers will only cover the underlying issues, and you will likely end up regretting not having them corrected before pursuing veneers.
Do any of my personal habits affect veneers?
Tell your dentist if you have habits like teeth grinding or clenching. These issues might rule you out as a good candidate for veneers because the risk of damaging them is greatly increased. Habits like chewing on hard items like ice or pencils is also detrimental.
Can I see examples of veneers you’ve done before?
Ask to see photos of veneer work that your dentist has performed. Pay attention to each smile, making sure that they don’t all end up looking the same. Each smile should be unique and appealing in its own way.
What about replacement veneers?
Sometimes veneers break, so ask what happens if that occurs during a specific timeframe that your dentist might guarantee the work. Also inquire about the expected length of time that your veneers should last, and what the process is for replacement at that time.
Is sedation dentistry available?
If you are concerned about dental fears or anxiety, ask the dentist if sedation methods are available. Learn more about the options and discuss which might work best for you.
How long is the wait between temporary and permanent veneers?
You will initially be fitted with temporary veneers while your final ones are developed. Ask about the timeframe between getting the temporary set and the permanent set, so you’ll know what to expect for the overall process.
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What Could Cosmetic Dentistry Do For Your Smile?
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry encompasses dental procedures that are designed to change the overall appearance of your teeth and gums. This can include dental veneers and teeth whitening, and other procedures that can help to improve the health of your teeth in addition to appearance. These procedures include dental bonding, white fillings and porcelain crowns and bridges.
Some people will also use cosmetic dentistry to change the look of their gums, such as for a “gummy smile” where too much gum is shown when smiling. Certain orthodontic braces are also considered to be cosmetic as they concentrate on making minor changes to the teeth that are visible when smiling rather than making major changes to the way teeth bite together. Cosmetic braces produce results within just a few weeks or months, and are ideal for correcting that wonky front tooth, but they will not make any major changes to the way your teeth are arranged.
It’s possible your dentist will suggest a treatment plan using multiple cosmetic dental procedures. This is because it can be more cost effective than using a single cosmetic dental treatment. For example, chair-side whitening combined with a few strategically placed veneers can achieve the same results as veneering all your teeth for a much lower price.
Planning Your Cosmetic Dental Treatments
If you are interested in having cosmetic dentistry, schedule a consultation with cosmetic dentist Dr. Jenifer Back to find out how your smile could be improved. Dr. Back will be able to discuss what can realistically be achieved and she can formulate a treatment plan showing the recommended dental procedures, the costs and the anticipated time to complete treatment.
Quite a few people choose to have cosmetic dentistry so they look their best for a very special event. If this is the case then be sure to allow plenty of time for treatment to be completed as this will help ensure you have your perfect smile in time for your big day.