Frequently asked questions about cosmetic dentistry
Our dentists in Parramatta are often asked questions about cosmetic dentistry. A lot of people have heard the term, but don’t really know or understand what cosmetic dentistry is, what it involves, and whether it’s something that is for *them*.
Thankfully advancements in technology have led to technological advancements in the field of cosmetic dentistry. Dentistry has come a LONG way in the last few years, and our dentists in Parramatta are able to provide a range of cosmetic dentistry procedures.
To help you understand more about cosmetic dentistry, we have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions, to help you know cosmetic dentistry and to help you decide if any of these procedures are suitable for you.
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is used to help enhance the appearance of your natural teeth. This could include dental bonding, tooth whitening, fillings, restorations, porcelain veneers, dental implants, orthodontics and more. Cosmetic dentistry can help give your smile a *make-over* if you’re not happy with how your teeth look there are procedures that can give you a whiter, brighter smile.
Is cosmetic dentistry expensive?
This depends entirely on the procedure you want or need. Some procedures are costlier than others as some procedures are more complicated – while others might involve just one or two sessions, and this plays a role in pricing. If you are considering having work done, it is best to discuss your options with your dentist who will be able to give you a better estimate.
What problems can be treated by cosmetic dentistry?
Chipped and broken teeth can be helped using restorative dentistry. For aesthetic purposes, if you have problems or issues with your teeth, cosmetic dentistry can help with –
- Teeth that have been worn down
- Excess gum tissues
- Gaps between the teeth
- Teeth that are uneven
- Teeth that have been stained or are discoloured
Will my health insurance cover the costs?
This is something you would have to discuss with your health insurance provider. It would then depend on what cover you have, often health insurance covers general dentistry – check-ups, x-rays, fillings etc., and is often just enough to cover your check-ups. You may find you have to pay for the gap. You would need to contact your provider to discuss what you are covered for and how much that gap might be.
Am I a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry?
Often the answer is *yes*; there are always ways to enhance your smile, from just improving your overall oral hygiene habits, through to teeth whitening or veneers. The actual procedure best suited to you and your smile will depend on a check-up with your dentist in Parramatta who can explain your problems and how they can be corrected.
What are my options?
Common cosmetic dentistry procedures include dental implants, teeth whitening and porcelain or composite veneers. Your dentist will be able to explain your options, and the best treatment to correct your issue.
Do I have realistic expectations?
This will depend on an assessment by your dentist, what the issue you have is, and, how it can be corrected. Some changes might not just affect your smile, but your facial appearance as well. While your needs and wants will be taken into consideration, you must keep an open mind. No matter how much you want something, it might not be in your best interest, or the goals you are hoping for may be unobtainable. Your dentist will be honest with you, and in turn, you need to keep your goals realistic.
Can I see what my smile will look like before treatment?
Technology has come a long way, and it is often possible to see your *new* smile as a computer simulation before you undergo treatment. Alternatively, for restorations involving veneers or crowns, it may be possible to fine-tune the shape and colour of the crown before it’s completed.
What is it going to cost?
This will depend entirely on the treatment and the number of visits involved. Some procedures such as teeth whitening are relatively inexpensive, while procedures such as dental implants might cost a bit more. Some treatments take a few weeks, while others can take a few months to get the ideal results.
How long is it going to take?
This depends on the type of procedure and the treatment recommended by your dentist. He or she will do their best to work with your budget and requirements and will explain the step by step process of what he or she will be doing and how long that is expected to take.
Will I need pain relief?
Your dentist will be able to discuss this with you at the time of consultation informing you of your options. In many instances, all you might have to take is a neurofen or two. We’ll be able to discuss this with you more when we see you.
Any questions or concerns? Want to know what your options are and what the best way we can help you is?
For more information about all the help we can provide you with call us on 800 400 55 and one of our friendly team members will be more than happy to assist you!
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