Frequently Asked Questions about Cosmetic Dentistry

Making your first appointment with a cosmetic dentist is a big decision. Your smile follows you everywhere, so it’s important that you feel comfortable behind a set of radiant teeth. From spacing to discoloration, cosmetic dental issues are a common occurrence and choosing the right dentist is the first step in correcting some of these problems.

Dr. Ronald Hull and his team of experienced hygienists can answer some of the toughest questions about cosmetic dentistry.

Q: What is cosmetic dentistry?

While general dentistry is mostly concerned with the health of your gums and teeth (i.e. cavity prevention), cosmetic dentistry focuses on the aesthetic appearance of your smile. A cosmetic dentist‘s job is not only to enhance your smile, but to preserve it, ensuring that you have a lifelong set of beautiful teeth. Some common cosmetic procedures include:

  • Porcelain crowns
  • Dentures and partial dentures
  • Teeth whitening
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Extractions and implants
  • Composite fillings

Q: Will my insurance plan cover cosmetic procedures?

Insurance coverage for cosmetic procedures varies drastically from one plan to the next. Minimizing your out-of-pocket expenses is a priority for any patient, so always speak with your insurance provider to see if a cosmetic procedure is covered. Our office will always work with you to develop a payment plan and provide estimated treatment costs so that you can plan accordingly.

Q: Is teeth whitening right for me?

Tooth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures today. Your diet and regular dental habits largely determine the extent of tooth discoloration, but these problems can be cleared away in one simple office visit. Professional whitening does cost more than an at-home kit, but the results are vastly improved and can last up to 10 years. Almost anyone that wants a brighter smile qualifies for teeth whitening treatment that can be completed in under two hours.

Q: Does whitening cause tooth discomfort?

The whitening process is supposed to be hassle and pain free, but some patients do report mild discomfort in the days following treatment. It is completely normal to experience slight sensitivity with cold or hot foods, but this sensation should completely subside within 2-3 of the procedure.

Q: What are porcelain crowns and veneers?

Teeth come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, so it’s often difficult to have a completely uniform smile. Porcelain crowns and veneers are two common solutions for cosmetic issues, but they are slightly different.

  • Porcelain veneers cover only the front of a tooth (the part that’s exposed when you smile) to hide discolorations or minor shaping problems. This exterior shield is minimal on the surface of a tooth, but maximizes its visual appearance.
  • Porcelain crowns, on the other hand, are slightly more intensive and encase the entire tooth. Dental crowns are typically used for significant shape changes or when the patient is missing a tooth to begin with (in which a dental implant will have to be installed).

Depending on the shape and needs of your smile, your dentist might recommend a porcelain crown or veneer. Both are sturdy and resilient additions that can last decades if properly maintained.

Cosmetic dentistry poses exciting possibilities for patients that want a brighter smile. From simple teeth whitening to complete dental makeovers, Dental Paradise in Marietta, Georgia can deliver the smile you’ve always wanted.