Top 5 Questions Patients Have on Cosmetic Dentistry

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A woman with questions about cosmetic dentistry.

Cosmetic dentistry can be a big step in a person’s life. The Boston cosmetic dentists at Dental Partners of Boston know that a beautiful healthy white smile can boost your confidence and improve your sense of well-being! There are many great options to consider and we know that many patients have questions.

We answer some of the most commonly asked questions and hope they help you decide which cosmetic procedure is best for you.

How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Improve My Smile?

Cosmetic dentistry can change the very appearance of your smile by covering up imperfections with your teeth and gums. For example, dental veneers can make your teeth look straighter, brighter, and healthier in one visit. Gum whitening can remove dark patches of melanin in your gums to give them a pinker, healthier look. Teeth whitening can remove stains and discoloration on your teeth.

Cosmetic dentistry is a great way to improve your smile to give it a straighter, brighter, and healthier look. With a renewed and enhanced smile comes a boost in confidence, which can positively affect all areas of your life.

How Much Does Cosmetic Dentistry Cost?

The cost of cosmetic dentistry depends on the procedure and other options involved with the procedure. For example, depending on the type of dental veneers (composite or porcelain), veneers can cost between $250-$2500 per tooth. Composite veneers are less expensive but porcelain veneers last longer. Therefore, the cost depends on the procedure, materials, and how involved the processes are.

Our cosmetic dentists will discuss your goals, options, procedures, and costs. They will also answer any questions you may have and make sure you feel comfortable with everything before moving forward.

Will I Lose My Teeth’s Natural Structure?

This is a valid concern we hear often. Some procedures such as dental implants, dental bridges, and dental veneers do involve the removal of some or all of your natural denture. In every case, however, these processes improve and strengthen and appearance of your teeth.

For example, if you need dental implants, your teeth have already become compromised to the point of necessary removal. In this case, the natural tooth is entirely removed and replaced with a new tooth that can last a lifetime.

A dental bridge requires the presence of healthy teeth on either side of a gap where a tooth is missing. The healthy teeth must be prepared to receive crowns that serve as anchors for the artificial tooth. In this case, part of the natural tooth is removed to allow for the crown. The crown is made of strong sturdy material and cemented in place for a natural, healthy-looking set of teeth.

Our dentists will explain all that the procedure entails and answer any of your questions so you feel comfortable.

What Will The End Result Look Like?

We can show you examples of cosmetic dentistry procedures with before and after photos of some of our patients. Depending on the procedure, we can also show 3D models such as porcelain veneers, dental implants, and dental bridges. Sometimes seeing before and after photos or 3D models of the same procedure can help ease any concerns.

How Long Will My Cosmetic Dental Procedure Last?

This is a top question in our Boston dental practice. The answer is of course conditional. Meaning it depends on the procedure and how well you take care of your new smile.

Dental veneers can last up to 10 years. Dental implants can last a lifetime. Teeth whitening can last between 3 months and 3 years depending on eating habits. Consuming coffee, tea, red wine, or smoking can all deplete the longevity of teeth whitening. Also, do you grind your teeth, brush too hard, do not brush enough, floss? These and other things play a factor in how long your new smile lasts, or even how long your natural teeth last.

Taking preventative measures can help your cosmetic procedure last much longer. Each individual is different and it’s important to follow your cosmetic dentist’s instructions and visit our office regularly to extend the life of your cosmetic procedure.

Schedule An Appointment Today!

Dental Partners of Boston has a wide range of cosmetic dentistry options that can improve your smile. Whether you need a chipped tooth repaired or looking into getting beautiful porcelain veneers we have the solution you are looking for. Schedule an appointment for a consultation with one of our cosmetic dentists today.