Q What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
A Also known as “esthetic dentistry,” cosmetic dentistry is a branch of dentistry that implements many different procedures to improve the beauty of your smile.
Q Can existing porcelain crowns or veneers be bleached?
A No, porcelain does not change color when exposed to dental bleach.
Q How long should bonding last?
A Bonding lasts 3-5 years, depending on wear and tear.
Q How long do Porcelain Veneers last?
A When properly maintained, porcelain laminates or Porcelain Veneers can last in excess of 10 years (10 years is the approximate average).
Q Why do people choose Porcelain Veneers over bonding?
A Laminates look more realistic than dental bonding, and they do not stain. They also feel more natural, are more durable, and are stronger than bonding Composites.
Q Can dental veneers or dental crowns give me lip support?
A If Porcelain Veneers are built out with bulk, they can deliver lip support, provided it does not interfere with function and local biology.
Q How do you get rid of spaces between teeth?
A You can get rid of spaces between the teeth with Porcelain Veneers or dental bonding. Porcelain Crowns may be used to fix more severe gaps between teeth.
Q Does it hurt to have teeth prepared for veneers?
A No. Preparing teeth for veneers is a painless, two-visit procedure. Local anesthesia can be given to highly sensitive patients, but is usually not necessary.
Q What are the advantages of Porcelain Veneers versus orthodontic treatment?
A Orthodontic treatment takes 18 months to 2 years and often requires braces, while Porcelain Veneers correct crooked teeth in just two visits.
Q Are cosmetic procedures covered by insurance?
A Dental insurance usually does not cover cosmetic dental procedures.
Q Are there any professional organizations for cosmetic dentists?
A Yes. The American Academy Cosmetic Dentistry is a professional organization for cosmetic dentists.