Cosmetic dental procedures are very popular today, and a cosmetic dentist can often treat crooked or yellowed teeth quickly and easily in just a few visits. Because these procedures are very common and popular, they are also more affordable than ever before. Of course a cosmetic dentist is the best source for the answers you need about a procedure you're considering, but note some commonly asked questions so you know what to expect by way of popular cosmetic dental procedures.
1. What if I can't afford a procedure?
Very often, dental insurance doesn't cover cosmetic procedures, but sometimes a dentist may figure a way to work around these restrictions. As an example, sometimes chipped or broken teeth are causing a health hazard in your mouth, and having them capped or bonded can make them look better but also protect your cheeks and gums. In those cases, an insurance company may cover the cost of the procedure. If you have a root canal and then have a tooth capped after the procedure, the cap might then be covered. Your dentist can review your insurance coverage and note if there is anything he or she can do to request a procedure be covered.
Note too that many cosmetic dentists offer financing options so that you can pay them monthly. You may need to apply for a loan through a company they work with, but this can mean affording the cosmetic dental work.
2. Are veneers permanent?
Veneers are placed over teeth to make them appear white or to cover chipped and cracked areas. They are very strong and durable, but note that they're not unbreakable. If you grind your teeth, clench your jaw, or otherwise put undue pressure on the veneers, they can chip and crack. If you're considering veneers for your teeth, be sure you understand how to care for them and discuss problems you currently have with grinding or clenching. This way your cosmetic dentist can address this problem or habit of yours before the veneers are applied and they will last longer and be protected.
3. Does tooth whitening work for everyone?
When teeth are severely discolored, tooth whitening, even from a cosmetic dentist, may not work. The bleach used by dentists can only do so much to remove stains and whiten teeth, and if teeth are yellowed from smoking or medications, tooth whitening may not be effective or may not make teeth look as white as you prefer. In those cases, it may be good to have the teeth covered with veneers, bonding, or caps to make them look their best.
For more information, contact a local cosmetic dentistry clinic.