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Answers To Common Questions About Cosmetic Dentistry

by Jeremiah Barnett

Are your teeth less than ideal? Do you long to be able to have the perfect smile? Many people want perfect teeth, but few can actually achieve that goal without the help of a good dentist. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry is always advancing with the use of new and updated techniques. But before you have a dentist look at your teeth, there are probably a few questions that you'd like to have answered first. Here is some of the information that you may have been wondering about:

Is cosmetic dentistry expensive? It can be costly, depending on exactly what procedures you need to have performed. However, there are ways of mitigating these costs. If you have dental insurance, it should cover at least some of what you need, such as crowns, fillings, or extractions. For work that exceeds the coverage of your insurance, you may want to look into a dental discount plan. These plans are not insurance but they can lower the cost of more expensive treatments by a significant amount. The percentage will vary depending on the plan itself, so look around to find the best plan for your needs.

Will the new smile be permanent? This depends not only on what procedures you have done but also how well you care for your teeth afterward. For a simple teeth whitening, your teeth can stay beautifully white for several years afterward or they may start to yellow again if you continue to drink coffee, smoke cigarettes, or do anything else that might damage your teeth. Your dentist will give you a set of instructions to follow that will help keep your teeth white and ensure that the money that you've spent on cosmetic dentistry doesn't go to waste. Even if you find the instructions annoying or difficult to follow, try to follow them as closely as possible for the sake of your teeth.

Does cosmetic dentistry make teeth sensitive? Teeth whitening can sometimes make your teeth sensitive for a day or two. Your dentist may suggest that you use some over the counter painkillers to deal with the discomfort but you may not need anything at all. If you have crowns or veneers added to your teeth, there should be no pain or sensitivity once the process has been finished. Contrary to what comedians would like you to believe, dentists do not actually want to cause you pain. Your dentist will do everything in his or her power to make sure that you are as comfortable as possible while you obtain your new smile.

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