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Top 5 Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs

Is a yellowed, stained or chipped smile holding you back? A less-than-perfect smile can hurt your self-confidence and hold you back from personal and professional success. Cosmetic dentistry services can help restore your smile and bring back your self-confidence. Below, our Brentwood cosmetic dentist answers five of your most frequently asked questions about our popular cosmetic dental procedures.

#1: Why should I choose professional teeth whitening?

Professional teeth whitening is the most effective way to remove stains from discolored teeth. While over-the-counter teeth whitening kits can remove minor stains, these kits lack the bleaching power necessary to completely remove tough stains caused by smoking, coffee and red wine. In fact, due to uneven whitening, these over-the-counter kits can actually make tough stains become more apparent, since the kits lighten the teeth but leave the tough stains behind. Worse, since these kits are one-size-fits-all, the bleaching trays or strips may overlap the gum line, causing gum irritation and increased sensitivity.

#2: I am missing a permanent tooth; what are my treatment options?

If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants are a popular, long-term solution for correcting this problem. Our Brentwood dentist uses the latest dental technology to streamline the implant process. First, we insert a titanium implant into the jawbone; once this implant fuses with the jawbone, we use advanced computerized technology to create a perfectly milled crown that matches the appearance of your existing teeth. With proper care, dental implants will last for decades.

#3: My teeth are crooked, but I don’t want to get braces; what are my other options?

Invisalign is a popular alternative for straightening teeth that does not require metal brackets or otherwise “obvious” dental appliances. Instead, Invisalign uses clear, plastic aligners to gradually shift the teeth into place. The aligners are custom made for each patient; switching the aligners out over two weeks moves the teeth into their proper position. Invisalign treatment takes roughly the same amount of time as braces, but without the awkward or embarrassing metal hardware. Invisalign is a popular choice for adults with minor or moderate teeth straightening needs.

#4: I chipped my tooth; can a cosmetic dentist fix this?

If you have chipped or cracked a tooth, cosmetic dentistry can help correct this problem. Our Brentwood dentist offers both porcelain veneers and cosmetic bonding as treatment options. These treatments will completely cover the surface of your tooth, hiding these imperfections. Most importantly, protecting the surface of the cracked or chipped tooth will also reinforce the integrity of your tooth and help reduce the risk for further problems.

#5: What should I expect during my first visit to the cosmetic dentist?

During your first visit, our Brentwood cosmetic dentist will discuss your goals and treatment options. Whether you need a dental implant, teeth whitening or a full smile makeover, we will create a custom plan that meets your cosmetic dentistry needs. Our online “Smile Gallery” features before and after patient photos so you can see the transformation yourself!