20 Feb 10 Questions to ask before having cosmetic dentistry
10 Questions to ask before having cosmetic dentistry
For some time now, you’ve noticed things about your teeth and gums — your overall smile — that you would like to change. But you’re in unfamiliar territory: you don’t know where to begin.
Cosmetic dentistry has become increasingly popular in recent years. From basics like teeth whitening and porcelain veneers to complete smile makeovers.
If you’re thinking about transforming your smile, take a few moments to consider these questions every patient should ask to help get you moving in the right direction.
10 Questions to ask before having cosmetic dentistry:
- Am I an ideal candidate for cosmetic dentistry?
Invariably, the answer is yes — there’s always a way to enhance your appearance, starting with improved oral hygiene or perhaps teeth whitening. But whether you’re a candidate for a particular procedure will depend on a full examination of your mouth — a “smile analysis” — to assess its current condition and needs, and what cosmetic options would best fit those individual requirements.
- What are my options?
The variety of cosmetic services available will depend largely on the training and experience of a specific dentist. Some of the most common cosmetic solutions are teeth whitening, porcelain or composite veneers, and dental implants. Your dentist will walk you through what suitable treatment options are available and work in partnership with you to determine what options best suit you and your needs.
- Are my expectations realistic?
That will first depend on what the dentist identifies during your smile analysis and if this also aligns with your smile goals. Your analysis will also include studying the bigger picture — how certain changes might affect not only your smile but your overall facial appearance. Your wants and desires are extremely important in this process, but they should also be balanced with a dose of reality — some things may not be in your best interest health-wise to undertake or are not in keeping with basic aesthetic principles of beauty.
- What skills, qualifications and experience does the dentist have?
When choosing the right dentist for you, especially when it comes to cosmetic dentistry, it is important to consider their qualifications and credentials. This can help you to determine whether the dentist has the necessary skills, experience and training to execute the treatment you require.
Your dentist’s training and experience will impact the quality and longevity of your treatment. During a cosmetic dentistry consultation, ask the dentist what type of treatment they have previously performed and what outcomes they have had for patients.
- Will I be able to see how my smile will look prior?
We’ve come a long way in providing patients ways to preview their new smile before undertaking a procedure. It’s often possible to “see” your proposed smile through computer simulation, or in some cases “test drive” it with temporary (provisional) crowns or veneers. For restorations involving porcelain crowns or veneers, it may be possible to take your input and fine-tune the shape and colour of the permanent crown before it’s completed.
- What will it cost?
This will depend on the treatment plan we choose to develop together as patient and dentist. Some treatments like teeth whitening are relatively inexpensive, while procedures like dental implants are more significant investments. You should also consider the costs associated with your time. Some treatments require only a single visit, while others may take months or even years to complete. Depending on your financial means and comfort level, cost will need to be factored into the final plan, as well as your expectations.
- How long will it take?
This will vary depending on the type of treatment that has been recommended and selected. Your dentist will explain comprehensively the step by step process of what the treatment will involve and how long each phase will take. They will also do their best to accommodate your requirements, budget and lifestyle needs.
- Will I need pain relief?
Your dentist can inform you of pain relief options including local/happy gas or sedation for the procedure. Pain free dentistry is available at Paul Beath Dental.
- What are the potential negative aspects of the procedure?
Cosmetic procedures like a Smile Makeover can drastically change your life for the better, providing a permanent solution to otherwise intractable dental problems. However, as with any complex medical procedure, there are risks. Your dentist should carefully review with you the pros and cons of each method so that you can make a well-informed, confident decision.
- What additional follow-up treatments or care will I need?
Many procedures will require follow-up treatment and care. Good preventative care always improves the outcome . While some procedures can be completed in a single day, be sure you are familiar with every aspect of your post-procedure care. Good dentists will explain every aspect of the procedure from pre-procedure all the way to post-procedure care and maintenance.
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