Common Questions For A Cosmetic Dentist

Cosmetic_DentistThere are many people who, in other avenues of life, consider themselves savvy consumers, but feel intimidated or bewildered when choosing a cosmetic dentist. But there’s no reason to feel uncomfortable as you “shop” for a provider; here are answers to four common questions that potential patients ask about cosmetic dentistry that will help you make a more informed decision.

Answers to common cosmetic dental questions

Q. Will my cosmetic dental procedure hurt?

A. Cosmetic dentists endeavor to make all the procedures they perform as pleasant and comfortable for the patient as possible. Some of the options they may choose for enhancing your comfort include creating a relaxing atmosphere in their office; offering sedation dentistry; and using lasers to reduce discomfort after certain procedures.

Q. How long will my cosmetic dental procedure last/be effective after treatment?

A. The longevity of your procedure will vary by the type of treatment being performed. In-office teeth whitening treatments can last from one to two years, especially if an at-home regimen is followed; veneers can last up to 12 to 15 years; and dental implants can last for many decades, if all other conditions in the mouth remain favorable.

Q. How much will my procedure cost?

A. The cost of your cosmetic dental procedure will depend upon the type of restoration in question, as well as other factors such as the experience level of your provider and the part of the country in which you live. Investing in a quality restoration performed by an experienced cosmetic dentist will increase the probability that you won’t have to return for a replacement or repair.

Q. What’s the best way to select a cosmetic dentist?

A. Look for accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, which indicates a provider’s commitment to continuing his or her education in this field. Also, check a cosmetic dentist’s before and after photos on his or her website to get a clear visual idea of what sort of results you’ll get by visiting him or her.

“Cosmetic dentists are happy to answer your questions about reducing the discomfort of a procedure, how long it might last, its cost, and their professional qualifications,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist practicing in central Phoenix.



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