Communicating with our patients is very important to us. To help with that, we've answered some of our most commonly asked questions. Please feel free to contact us by phone or email with any we might have missed.
What is a cosmetic dentist?
A cosmetic dentist is a dentist who has made a commitment of time, money, and energy in extensive training beyond the norm to create that ultimate smile the patient sees for him or herself. General dentists are trained to fix; cosmetic dentists are trained to create. Cosmetic dentists are striving to achieve the patient’s complete satisfaction. An analogy might be the in the contractor who builds the house vs. the decorator who makes it a home.
How do I get my teeth whiter?
It really is not that hard. While there a confusing array of products to choose from when it comes to getting started, whitening agents used by dentists are stronger and more efficient. Please do not be deceived by the advertisements of the over-the-counter agents. Let us show you what can be done!
There are many different systems available to professionally whiten your teeth. We will work with you to select the one that will most suit your needs. Typically, you will be seen in our office for initial treatment. This appointment lasts about 90 minutes. We call this our “power bleaching” appointment and includes the fabrication of trays for at home use. The use of the bleaching material at home will “set” the results achieved at the office and can even whiten your teeth more, depending on your desired level of whiteness. Past systems required wearing the trays hours and hours, or even overnight. With current materials, results can be achieved with as little as 4 minutes a day.
In addition, many patients are affected by deeper medication (tetracycline) discoloration of their teeth. Typically, it was thought that these teeth could not be whitened. We have had several successful patient outcomes and are thrilled to discuss it with you.
Can I have straighter teeth without braces?
Cosmetic dentistry offers a multitude of ways to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Often by the use of reshaping techniques, we can create a more ideal appearance of minor discrepancies. More often, the misalignment of the teeth is such that it requires the placement of porcelain veneers to “realign” them. There are so many wonderful smiles we have helped patients obtain without braces. Please let us help you achieve your ultimate smile.
Are you accepting new patients?
Yes, we are. Your referral of family and friends is the kindest compliment we could ever receive. If you are new to the practice, please call or email so we can help you get introduced to our professional staff.
Do you offer payment options?
Yes, we do. Please call or email and let us discuss them with you. We recognize that your teeth are a vital part of your overall health and an investment in your future. We would be honored to help you achieve all you desire from your smile.