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Ask These 5 Questions During Your Cosmetic Dentistry Consultation

March 21, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — alldentalcenter @ 5:36 pm
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If you are interested in enhancing the appearance of your smile, it would be worth your time to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation with a qualified oral health team. This appointment can help you prepare for the road ahead as you strive to reach your aesthetic goals for your teeth and gums. To get the most out of your consultation, you should be ready to ask questions. Here are some ideas to help you prepare for the road ahead:

What Kind of Results Can I Expect?

Cosmetic dentistry has the potential to transform the way your teeth look. However, you should still manage your expectations. If your dentist uses virtual smile design software, they can scan your teeth and give you a realistic preview of how your smile may look after any given treatment. You can take this opportunity to give feedback on what you want to achieve. This can help you and your dentist to stay on the same page throughout your treatment process.

How Long Will the Treatment Take?

Some cosmetic treatments are quite fast. For example, in-office teeth whitening usually takes just an hour or so. Other treatments, though, require multiple appointments spread out across a few weeks or longer. If you are preparing your smile for an upcoming event, you should start early enough to be sure that your results will be ready on time.

Does the Treatment Come with Any Risks/Downsides?

Generally speaking, cosmetic dentistry is quite safe. However, every treatment comes with both its pros and cons. For example, veneers can provide long-lasting enhancements to your smile, but they often require that the underlying teeth be slightly modified. Teeth whitening is very effective, but the results may last for anywhere from just a few months to a few years. Some treatments cause temporary dental sensitivity.

You should be aware of what is involved in any given treatment so you can make a well-informed decision about how to move forward.

How Long Will the Results Last?

Your dentist cannot make any promises about how long your results will last. However, they can provide an approximation. For example, dental bonding may last for 3 – 5 years, whereas veneers have the potential to last for up to 20 years or longer. Some treatments, such as gum contouring, may provide permanent results.

How Much Will It Cost?

Cosmetic services can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. Ask for a detailed price estimate, and learn about your dentist’s payment options. Most practices have provisions in place to help patients afford treatment. For example, you may be eligible for low-interest financing.

Meet the Practice

The highly skilled team at All Dental is proud to provide a range of cosmetic services for patients in the Watertown community. We are always happy to spend a few extra minutes answering our patients’ questions during consultations. If you would like to learn more about us and how we may be able to help you reach your goals for your smile, get in touch with us at 617-924-9993.

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