Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
is an elective area of dentistry that uses techniques and products
to improve the beauty of your smile. Most cosmetic dental
procedures are completed within just a few, comfortable visits.
The procedures may include; whitening (or bleaching), porcelain
veneers & crowns, and gum tissue sculpturing. These procedures are
used to correct conditions such as:
Am I A
Candidate For Cosmetic Dentistry?
If you are in any
way dissatisfied with your smile or the way your teeth look, you
are a candidate for cosmetic dentistry. After determining what you
donít like about your smile, itís a good idea to start by
collecting photographs of smiles you like. You can then schedule a
time to discuss your concerns and desires with your dentist. He or
she will evaluate your current situation; let you know if your
goals for improving your smile are attainable, and, if so, what
procedures will be involved to reach those goals.
Many dentists can
provide you with a simulated image of what your new smile will
look like. The computerized image of your new smile serves as a
visual reference for you, as well as those who may participate in
your decision making process.
How Do I
Choose A Cosmetic Dentist?
As you discuss
your cosmetic concerns with your dentist, ask to see before and
after photographs of other Smile Makeovers treatments he or she
has completed. As you look at the photographs and observe the
changes in their smiles, also notice the changes in their entire
face. You will often see that their eyes twinkle, their smiles are
more genuine, and their head position is more confident.
Many patients are
proud to share their results and experiences and are willing to
talk to other people interested in similar procedures. Ask your
dentist to speak with another patient who has completed treatment
that is similar to what you will be doing.
Knowing that your
dentist has completed continuing education training in cosmetic
dentistry is another important criteria when choosing your
dentist. Itís ok to ask where and how often your dentist has
received his or her training.
laboratory your dentist chooses to partner with is also an
important criterion. Laboratory technicians, highly skilled and
trained like artists, sculpt and manufacture veneers and crowns to
match your desired new smile. HiTec technicians receive ongoing
training in the artistry of smile design.