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Questions to ask before you have cosmetic dentistry

If you have a problem with your teeth and it’s making you feel uncomfortable, you are probably considering *getting some work done* to help improve your smile. Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way in the last few years and is now the most popular way to correct your teeth, from a whiter smile to a whole mouth makeover.

If you are thinking of having a cosmetic dentistry procedure, there are some questions you should ask your dentist in Parramatta first, to help you find the method that’s right for you.

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? Call Dental Avenue on 800 400 55 and your friendly dentists in Parramatta will be more than eager to help you!

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