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How to Prepare for Your Cosmetic Dentist Consultation

April 18, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drgreen @ 3:14 am

Close up of woman’s attractive smileIf you’re ready to invest in the smile of your dreams, you’re going to need a consultation with a cosmetic dentist. Don’t feel nervous about your upcoming appointment. It’s a good idea to prepare a list of questions to ask during your visit. Here’s how you can ensure you’re making the right choice for your smile by asking your cosmetic dentist a few important questions.

Are My Teeth and Gums Healthy?

Although you’re concerned about aesthetic flaws, your dentist’s first priority is your dental health. Your teeth and gums must be healthy before any elective procedure. If they aren’t, cosmetic dentistry will make your teeth look better, but the issues will progress, which can cause your new smile to fail. You can avoid a dental emergency by ensuring your mouth is healthy.

How Long Does Cosmetic Dentistry Take?

There’s no set timeline for cosmetic dentistry because it isn’t a single procedure. Many factors will affect how long your transformation will take, like if you need any prep work. The procedure used will also determine how long it will take. Some treatments can be performed in a single appointment, while others may require multiple visits or several months.

Which Procedures Are Right for Me?

You have more options than ever before to address common dental concerns, like:

  • Teeth Whitening: Surface stains can be improved by up to 8 shades using a professional whitening treatment.
  • Clear Aligners: Clear aligners are worn over your teeth to fix bite and alignment issues without needing brackets or wires.
  • Porcelain Veneers: Applying veneers to the front surfaces of the teeth that show when you smile can fix many imperfections at once, including stains, chips, and gaps.
  • Cosmetic Bonding: Cosmetic dental bonding can correct various issues quickly, like decay, chips, and exposed tooth roots.

How Long Does Cosmetic Dentistry Last?

Every procedure has a different life expectancy and many factors will affect the duration of your results. You can get the most from your investment with good oral hygiene habits at home and regular dental care. Avoid anything that may damage your teeth, like chewing on your fingernails or crunching ice. Your cosmetic dentist will review any additional aftercare instructions to ensure your new smile lasts.

Your dentist will explain everything during your consultation and address any concerns. You’ll have the information you need to make an educated decision to achieve the smile of your dreams.

About Dr. Landon Case

Dr. Case earned his dental degree at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and has continued his education to provide up-to-date services, including cosmetic dentistry. He is a member of the American Dental Association and the Minnesota Dental Association. Request an appointment through his website or call his office at (763) 225-1865.

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