Have you always dreamed of having a beautiful smile? More than half of the adult U.S. population surveyed over age 50 agree that a smile is the only physical feature that stays the most attractive as we age, according to a survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Fortunately, with improvements to cosmetic dentistry, there are many options to achieve that desirable and beautiful smile that you have always dreamed of. Follow these tips as you prepare for your first cosmetic dentistry visit.
Be up to date with your family dentist
Your dental health should always come before your cosmetic dentistry needs. General dentistry includes regular cleanings, dentist check ups, and daily dental care. Failing to practice good dental care can lead to a variety of dental problems. These are also problems that could worsen the cosmetics of your teeth, thus minimizing any cosmetic work that you had completed. Many cosmetic dentists will decline cosmetic work, if extensive routine dental care is needed.
Understand the cosmetic treatment options
Having a good idea of the types of cosmetic treatment options available ahead of time can be helpful. That way, when your dentist shares them with you, you can be prepared with questions. The most common types of cosmetic dentistry treatments include braces, invisalign, dental implants, tooth whitening, veneers, and bonding. Each of these treatments have their own advantages and disadvantages and you can better understand these pros and cons if you are prepared for your visit.
Consider price compared to time
Most cosmetic dentistry procedures are not entirely permanent. Some last longer than others, but it is important to consider the costs when compared to how long that treatment is expected to last. For example, braces tend to be one of the most expensive forms of cosmetic dentistry, but they are known to last for a much longer period of time. In fact, the teeth may move slightly, but are unlikely to go back to their previous positions. Bonding is probably the procedures that lasts the least amount of time, but is also the most cost efficient. Veneers tend to be somewhere in the middle and can correct a variety of cosmetic dental problems. Four examples of issues that veneers can fix are discolored teeth, misaligned teeth, gaps between teeth, and chipped or broken teeth.
Evaluate the experience of the dentist
You would not let a dentist lacking in knowledge and skill pull your tooth, so why would you let them put braces on? Many of the cosmetic dentistry procedures that are available require detailed experience and skill. Braces need to be installed correctly to work properly. Some procedures can produce both discomfort and pain, which can be exacerbated by lack of experience. Always evaluate the specific cosmetic office and dentist that you choose. Look for reviews, services offered, and always request an initial consultation before beginning work.
Research prices and payment options
Cosmetic dentistry prices can be expensive, depending on the specific procedure. For example, traditional porcelain veneers cost between $925 and $2,500 per tooth, but can last 10 to 15 years. These prices tend to be high, because most dental insurance providers do not cover cosmetic dentistry. Pricing may affect your decision. However, some dentist offices do provide payment plans or additional funding. Research average payments for the city you live in and have a good idea of what and how often you will pay for your cosmetic procedure.
Many Americans are unhappy with the condition of their smile. Even with the best of dental care, you can still be left with poorly colored and spaced out teeth. Cosmetic dentistry procedures have come a long way over the last couple of years. There are many procedures available to improve the look of your smile. As you prepare for your first cosmetic appointment, gather knowledge about the procedures, ensure your dental health care is up to date, and consider how you will pay for the procedure.