Get the answers to your questions about cosmetic dental care.
Cosmetic dentistry is an industry that has grown by leaps and bounds over the last couple of decades. Many general and family dentists now offer cosmetic dental services as well. There are also passionate cosmetic dentists, like Dr. Bentz, who have dedicated their careers to helping people achieve their dream smile.
It’s completely normal to be a bit overwhelmed by the world of cosmetic dentistry, especially if you’ve never had cosmetic care before. We often get fairly similar questions from patients new to cosmetic dentistry, including these frequently asked ones.
1. What kinds of problems can cosmetic dentistry fix?
Cosmetic dentistry generally fixes any aesthetic smile concerns you can think of. This includes gaps between teeth, oddly shaped teeth, uneven teeth, worn or damaged teeth, and permanently discolored teeth. Cosmetic dentistry can also adjust the balance of your smile and improve your overall oral health. Many cosmetic services also double as restorative dental care.
2. Will people be able to tell that my smile has had work done?
Not at all! A skilled cosmetic dentist like Dr. Bentz strives to create a smile that looks like yours but better. Your new smile will look stunning and natural, both in terms of appearance and color. The only situation in which someone may be able to tell you’ve had cosmetic dentistry done is if they’re a close friend or family member who knew what your smile looked like previously.
3. Does regular teeth whitening damage tooth enamel?
Overuse or incorrect use of DIY whitening products may cause enamel damage and tooth sensitivity. This is why Dr. Bentz recommends patients opt for dentist-supervised professional teeth whitening services. You’ll achieve whiter results in less time, and you’ll have the peace of mind that your tooth enamel is safely protected.
4. Is there a fast, easy way to fix gaps between teeth?
Gaps between teeth, especially the front two teeth, are a common reason to get cosmetic dental care. Dental bonding is a quick, easy option for small gaps, while porcelain veneers or even dental crowns are a better choice for moderate to severe gaps. Dental bonding can be completed in a single appointment, while porcelain veneers or porcelain dental crowns may require a few weeks of waiting.
5. Are dental implants worth the time and money?
Absolutely. Dental implants are considered by patients and dentists alike to be the superior tooth replacement option for single or multiple missing teeth. They mimic natural teeth in function and look incredibly realistic as well. The end result is well worth the initial investment and only a few months of healing are needed. Dental implant technology even offers All-on-4 and similar denture alternatives.
6. What if I want cosmetic care but my teeth are in bad shape?
Think of cosmetic dental care as the finishing touch to the overall structure of your smile. If you are currently battling tooth decay, gum disease, or some other oral issue, it’s often advised to get that treated and healed first. Once your smile is optimally healthy, you’ll be able to move forward with cosmetic care. In some cases, Dr. Bentz may opt to do independent treatment, such as a dental implant, as long as the neighboring teeth are healthy.
7. Do porcelain veneers have to cover all of my teeth?
It’s a common misconception that porcelain veneers have to cover your entire visible smile. This isn’t the case at all. Porcelain veneers are exceptionally versatile and can be used to cover a single tooth, a few teeth, or only the upper or lower arch of your smile. Dr. Bentz may recommend using a small set of veneers rather than placing individual dental crowns on two or more teeth.
8. Can cosmetic dentistry be an alternative to orthodontics?
For mild to moderate cases of bite misalignment, it’s very possible that cosmetic dentistry can be an alternative to orthodontics. It’s important to understand that cosmetic dental care will only change the way your smile looks and won’t physically adjust crooked teeth. If your crooked teeth are causing TMJ pain or a functional issue, orthodontics may be necessary.
9. Is there anything I can do about my gummy-looking smile?
Cosmetic dental care doesn’t just change the appearance of your teeth, it can also change the appearance of your gums. Many people with gummy smiles don’t realize that this issue can be addressed with cosmetic dental care. Dr. Bentz can use a combination of cosmetic dental surgery and dental crowns or porcelain veneers to help your smile have an attractive balance between teeth and gums.
10. Can the average person really afford a smile makeover?
Cosmetic dentistry isn’t exactly a necessity, but for many people, it’s a life-changing experience and worth every penny. Cosmetic dental care is more affordable now, and dentists like Dr. Bentz make payment options easy for patients by accepting credit cards and CareCredit.
Schedule a personalized consultation to learn how cosmetic dentistry can benefit your smile.
There is so much cosmetic dentistry has to offer. The best way to learn what options are right for your smile goals is to book a consultation with Dr. Bentz. During this consultation, you’ll be able to ask all of your burning questions and have a wonderful discussion about the possibilities for your dream smile.
You can book your appointment right away by either calling our East Norriton office or filling out this quick request form.