Questions to Ask a Cosmetic Dentist

Phoenix Cosmetic DentistWhile consumers are better educated in general about cosmetic dental procedures than ever before, Phoenix cosmetic dentists spend time almost every day helping patients understand the basics of common smile-enhancing procedures, including teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, braces, and the like. Here are answers to a few key questions about cosmetic dental restorative procedures.

Questions Commonly Answered by Phoenix Cosmetic Dentists

Q. Can teeth whitening brighten my smile?

A. Yes, it’s likely that teeth whitening can make your smile brighter, especially if you have teeth with extrinsic (surface) stains. If you have teeth with intrinsic stains, such as those caused by fluorosis, you may need to discuss other options, such as veneers or crowns, to achieve brighter teeth.

Q. What are my teeth whitening options?

A. Your three primary options are:

  • In-office whitening – which is quick (1-2 sessions), uses the more powerful concentration of the whitening agent of the three options, and is supervised by your dentist or his or her staff.
  • Take-home whitening kits – in which your dentist will provide whitening trays and whitening agent for you to apply at home. It can be done on your schedule, and at your pace.
  • Over-the-counter whitening products – these products are the least expensive, but also have the least concentrated amount of whitening agent, and there is no professional supervision of their use.

Q. How can porcelain veneers help improve my smile?

A. Veneers can fix minor problems with tooth shade, shape, spacing, or alignment.

Q. How can I keep my teeth with porcelain veneers looking good?

A. The same way you keep ALL your teeth looking good, really: by practicing good oral health habits, visiting your Phoenix cosmetic dentist for regularly scheduled checkups, and by never using your “teeth as tools” or biting down on hard objects.

Q. Can braces improve my appearance now that I am an adult?

A. Yes! Braces are an excellent way to improve significant issues you may have with tooth alignment or with your bite (occlusion). A time investment of 1-3 years can pay off in a straighter, more pleasing looking smile!

“There are so many ways that your Phoenix cosmetic dentist can help you create a healthier and more beautiful smile,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a central Phoenix cosmetic dentist. “Start the process by calling a qualified practitioner today!”

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