The popularity of cosmetic dentistry is rapidly rising! In fact, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the demand for cosmetic dental work has doubled within the last five years; this means that more people than ever before are opting to whiten their smiles and brighten their lives! That said, if you’re curious about joining the masses in receiving an upgraded smile, you might have a few initial questions. Here are four must-ask questions to keep in mind as you head in for your cosmetic dental consultation.
1. “What’s My Expected Treatment Timeline?”
Some procedures, like in-office whitening, can be completed in just one visit and provide results rather quickly. Other treatment options, like clear aligners, take multiple appointments and much longer to fully complete. Having a rough timeline in mind can help you decide whether or not to go through with a particular procedure, and your dentist will be able to provide you with an estimate of your expected timeline depending on what you’re trying to accomplish.
2. “How Much Will This Cost Me?”
As with any type of dental work, it’s natural to have questions that you’d like answered about the potential cost of treatment. It’s worth noting that many insurance plans do not cover cosmetic procedures, as they’re often considered elective and don’t address potential health issues. That said, since every situation differs and every smile needs a varying amount of work, the price of cosmetic dentistry is never set in stone and will depend on all kinds of factors.
3. “Will My Results Last for a While?”
Since every patient’s smile is different, the lifespan of their respective results will vary. Some treatments, such as teeth whitening, need to be touched up every couple of years in order to keep their impressive results. Other treatments, such as veneers, can endure for well over a decade if they’re properly cared for. Although your dentist won’t be able to give you an exact estimate for how long your results will last, they will be able to give you an expected range.
4. “Is Treatment Going to Be Painful?”
You’ll be happy to hear that the majority of all cosmetic dental work is typically painless, or it’s easily managed with the help of sedation or anesthesia. Your comfort is always going to be your dentist’s top priority while they work on your smile, and they’ll be more than happy to explain in detail what you can expect to experience in terms of discomfort before any given procedure. They’ll also explain how any discomfort or sensitivity will be managed, both during and after the procedure.
There is no limit to what questions you can ask during your cosmetic dental consultation; however, the more you know, the better you’ll feel about deciding what’s best for your smile!
About the Practice
The team at Parks Family Dental is thrilled to serve the dental needs of patients and families in the Lincoln, NE area. The practice offers a wide range of preventive, cosmetic, and restorative treatment options. If you have any questions about cosmetic dentistry and what it can do for your smile, or if you’d like to schedule an appointment, you can contact the practice online or by phone at (402) 484-6042.