Understanding Aesthetic Procedures
Q: What are my options for replacing my old dark colored fillings?
A: Old dark fillings can be replaced with white colored filling material called composite resin. This material is as durable if not more so as the silver fillings that were used years ago and the aesthetics are as natural looking as you can get. However, keep in mind that depending on the size of the old fillings and the possible decay that may be underneath the fillings, other options such as all-porcelain on-lays and crowns may be more appropriate. Your dentist will recommend the best possible treatment for your needs.
Q: What are porcelain veneers?
A: Porcelain veneers are thin facings intended for chipped, crooked, misshapen or heavily restored teeth. They are often done for the front 6-8 teeth in both the upper and lower arches. These facings are made entirely of porcelain and are bonded onto the prepared area. They are long lasting and can change an average smile into a stunning smile!
Q: How do I choose the right aesthetic dentist for me?
A: Your smile tells the world around you how you feel about yourself. You want to make sure you are getting quality care in a professional and comfortable environment. You certainly want the best possible results. Choosing a cosmetic dentist is much like choosing a plastic surgeon.
Review many before and after pictures to assess for yourself the type of work the dentist is capable of.
Ask for references of patients who have received this treatment. Their feedback will assist you in determining if the dentist is the right fit for you.
Make sure you have had computer imaging. This will assist you in fully understanding what to expect from the procedure.
Do you know someone who has had a procedure? Get their feedback.
We strongly encourage you to take the time to research your options. If there are any questions you have about Dr. Michael Opler or aesthetic dentistry in general, please contact us today. One of our Client Care Staff will respond as quickly as possible.
Q: What is bonding?
A: Bonding is a procedure whereby teeth that are chipped, broken or misshapen are made to look like new using the tooth colored filling material much like the materials used for white fillings.
Q: What is the difference between bonding and veneers?
A: Bonding and veneers can achieve similar results to change the look of your teeth. Porcelain veneers, however, are generally longer lasting and have superior results due to the enamel-like characteristics of the porcelain material.
Q: How long does it take to get veneers?
A: Once you make the decision to get veneers you can expect to have your new gorgeous smile within 2 weeks. Veneers can usually be done in 2 appointments 1 week apart; however, the timing will depend on how flexible your schedule is. Mornings and early afternoons are generally available. DVDs, headphones, massage mats and cable TV are just some of the amenities available for your comfort and can help to pass the time during longer appointments.
Q: Can veneers correct my crooked teeth in place of orthodontics?
A: Yes, in many cases we can achieve the same look you can get with braces. Just think, you can have the perfect smile you've always wanted in just 2 weeks, compared to the 2 years or more it would take to have straighter teeth with braces.
Q: Which gives a better result veneers or braces?
A: Both can give an outstanding result; however; with veneers we have the ability to change the color of your smile to a whiter brighter look.
Q: How many veneers do I need for a new gorgeous smile?
A: Every case is different, depending on a person's wishes. It is common to do 6-10 veneers on the top and depending on the patient's smile; 6-10 are often done on the bottom as well.
Q: How long do veneers last?
A: Veneers can last ten plus years but longevity will depend on home care, regular dental hygiene care and diet. If you are prone to grinding or clenching your teeth, you will need to wear a nighttime mouth guard to prevent damaging your veneers.
Q: Will my teeth be more sensitive with veneers?
A: The bonding procedure that we do when placing your veneers helps to ensure that the tooth will not be sensitive following treatment.
Q: How do I maintain my veneers?
A: It is important to maintain your new veneers by consistent home care, as well as regular three-month visits with your dental hygienist.
Q: How do I know if veneers are the right choice for me?
A: Your dentist will do a thorough exam of your teeth in order to determine if you are a good candidate for veneers. Other than that, the decision is a very personal one.
Q: How real do veneers look in comparison to natural teeth?
A: We recommend you talk to some of our patients who have had veneers done at our office. Many of them will tell you that their veneers are so natural looking that even their closest friends and family members couldn't guess what was different after they had them done. After getting veneers, people will compliment your good looks, they'll say you look younger, more vibrant, even happier, but they may not be able to tell you why! Veneers are so natural looking; no one will know they aren't your own beautiful teeth!
Q: Will bleaching harm my teeth?
A: No, bleaching is a safe procedure and will not harm your teeth. Studies have shown there to be no ill effects to the nerves of the teeth. Temporary sensitivity of the teeth during treatment can sometimes occur, but should dissipate once treatment is done.
Q: How white can I go?
A: You can bleach your teeth until you are happy with the results, and most people are able to bleach their teeth to several shades whiter than what they already are. However, a small number of people do not respond to the bleaching process and find the changes to be insignificant. Other alternatives must then be explored.
Q: What is the difference between the bleaching procedure you offer and the ones sold at drugstores?
A: Commercially available tooth whitening systems can now be purchased at your local drugstore. While these products are effective to a certain degree, there are a few limitations to be aware of. Please ask us about what system would work best for you.