Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs

What do I do if I don’t like my teeth or smile?

There are many options available to improve the way your teeth look, feel and function. From simple whitening to Full Mouth reconstruction. Visit our web page Treatment Options for more information and pictures of patient we have helped. Then we invite you to schedule a free cosmetic dental consultation.

How much does it cost to get a cosmetic dentistry?

Just like many things in life, the cost varies depending on the difficulty, quantity and the time required. Often, improving your smile takes a combination of procedures to achieve ideal results. Cosmetic dentistry is like anything thing else you get what you pay for. If you are looking for a cheap fix cosmetic dentistry may not be right for you, but if you are looking to have a beautifully crafted smile it will be an investment into a bright beautiful new future. For your convenience we offer several financing options such as CareCredit.

Will Dental Insurance pay for cosmetic dentistry?

Most Insurance Plans have an annual maximum of about $1,200 to offset the cost of routine maintenance such as cleanings and check-up an routine dentistry, but usually won’t pay for cosmetic dentistry. Insurance companies are in business to make money and will usually only pay for the least expensive option to repair you teeth not options that give you that perfect smile. While we will work with you to maximize your insurance, expect to pay the remaining balance out of pocket or through financing options.  Learn more about dental insurance and financing.

How long is the process and how many visits will it take?

This will vary depending on your own unique situation. Sometimes, dramatic changes can take place in a few visits, while other times, especially if tooth movement is needed, it will take longer. Cosmetic dentistry is an art and art takes time and shouldn’t be rushed. With that being said we know our patients are excited about their new smile so we work efficiently and try to minimize your visits to reduce interruptions in your schedule. If you start now, a great new smile can be your sooner that you think.

How do I know what my new smile will look like?

Dr. Thompson and Dr. Imperial will guide you in discovering the best look for you. Changes can be subtle or dramatic depending on your personality and style. We can use digital photos of your smile to perform Cosmetic Imaging to show what you can expect after treatment. Occasionally we can add temporary material to your teeth to give you a trial smile to view. Call us for a free consultation.

Is cosmetic dentistry permanent?

With regular checkups at your dental office and good home care, your cosmetic dentistry can last many years. Factors such as hygiene, diet, habits, and tooth clenching and grinding will affect the life span of your bonding, veneers and crowns. As a general rule, bonding has the shortest life span followed by veneers, and then crowns. At your consultation we will give you detailed information on how to maximize the lifespan of your new smile.

When my teeth are prepared for veneers or crowns, can I expect sensitivity and what will they look like?

As a general rule, crowns and veneers will require two main visits, one to prepare the teeth and one to cement the restorations to the teeth. After the preparation visit we will apply temporary or prototype restorations to protect your teeth, reduce sensitivity and provide a nice smile. The temporaries are designed to last the short period between preparation and delivery of your new teeth. They will be comfortable and look great! If you had a wax up done prior to preparation, your temporaries will give you a good basic ideal of what the final restorations will look like.

Can I get cavities under veneers or crowns?

Properly placed and fitted crowns and veneer do not effect the decay rate. With improper hygiene, it is possible to get a cavity on any exposed tooth surface.

How long will porcelain veneers last?

The typical lifespan of a porcelain veneer is between 7 and 20 years.  If veneers come off, they can sometimes be recemented.  Chips or breaks can sometimes be repaired but usually require replacement.  As time goes by, changes can occur to your gum line and the color of the underlying tooth that may require you to replace your veneers.

How will you match the veneers or crowns with my teeth?

One of the goals of cosmetic dentistry is to make your smile look as natural as possible.  Blending the restoration in with your natural teeth is an art.  The veneer or crown must fit in color and in contour for a smooth transition.   Many people choose to have their teeth whitened prior to the procedure to improve the overall appearance of their new smile.

Can my porcelain veneer or crowns stain?

No, veneers and crowns should not stain. Superficial stains such as nicotine can be polished off by your dentist.