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Top Questions to Ask During a Cosmetic Dental Consultation

February 23, 2015

Interested in getting cosmetic dental work done? Ask these questions first.

Top Questions to Ask During a Cosmetic Dental ConsultationAre your teeth crooked, discolored, gapped, chipped, worn, or oddly shaped or sized? Cosmetic dentistry can help. Your cosmetic dentist has a variety of tools at his disposal to help you achieve the beautiful smile you want, including:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Orthodontics
  • Veneers
  • Crowns
  • Bonding

The first step to improving your smile with cosmetic dentistry is to schedule an initial consultation with your cosmetic dentist to go over your goals and options. In order to make the most of this consultation, be sure you get answers to the following questions.

What Kind of Result Can You Expect?

It is extremely important to ensure you go into your cosmetic dental treatment with accurate expectations. Be sure to describe what you hope to achieve with the treatment to your dentist, as well as any concerns you may have about certain treatment options. Your cosmetic dentist will help you understand which option is best for you and what results you can expect to see in terms of the color, texture, and shape of your improved teeth. Ideally they will be able to show you before and after photos of patients who have received similar treatments at their office.

What Is the Timeline for Treatment?

Naturally before you begin a course of treatment you will want to understand all the steps involved and how long it will take from the first appointment to the final result. Some procedures can be done in just one visit, while others such as orthodontics will take months or even years.

What Will It Cost?

The cost of your desired cosmetic dental work may be a factor in your decision. Most insurance plans to do not cover cosmetic work, but at California Dental Group we can help you explore other options for affording your treatment, such as special health care credit cards or even in-house financing.

Will the Treatment Hurt?

Many people have very natural concerns about the pain that may be associated with a dental treatment. Be sure to ask your cosmetic dentist how any pain or sensitivity will be managed—both during and after your dental procedure.

How Long With the Cosmetic Dental Work Last?

Finally, you will want to make sure you find out how long the results of your treatment should last before needing refreshing. Because every patient is different, your dentist will probably give you a range rather than a specific number of years you can expect to go before refreshing or replacing your cosmetic dental work.