Is your cosmetic dentistry consultation on the calendar? Congratulations – that means you’re a big step closer to the smile of your dreams! In the days leading up to your appointment, you might be curious how to prepare so you can make the most of your time with your dentist. If that’s the case, then keep reading to learn five questions that can help!
Am I a Good Candidate for Cosmetic Dentistry?
While the large majority of patients are a candidate for cosmetic dentistry, there are some exceptions. For example, patients struggling with tooth decay or gum disease aren’t until the proper restorative care is administered. Similarly, patients looking to correct permanent discoloration might not be a good fit for teeth whitening. Instead, more extensive treatments like veneers will need to be considered. Don’t worry – no matter what your dental needs and smile goals are, your cosmetic dentist will work with you to create a custom treatment plan that delivers the healthy, happy smile you deserve!
What Makes You the Best Cosmetic Dentist for Me?
It’s no secret that there are several providers you can choose from. So, don’t hesitate to ask what sets them apart from the rest! Years of experience, continuing education courses, advanced training, and memberships with professional organizations are all important. Of course, tangential things (like how comfortable the dentist makes you feel and how welcomed you feel at their practice) also matter!
Can I See “Before” and “After” Photos from Other Patients?
“Before” and “after” photos are essential – they give you insight into what your final result may look like! If possible, ask your cosmetic dentist to look at photos of patients who pursued the same treatment you’re interested in.
How Long Will the Results Last?
While teeth whitening can last for several months with proper care, veneers have the potential to last well over a decade. That’s why it’s important to ask about the longevity of your results! Naturally, how well you care for your smile will play a role across the board. So, make sure to implement a solid oral hygiene regimen, which includes brushing twice a day, avoiding unhealthy dental habits, eating plenty of vitamin-rich foods, and visiting your dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning.
How Much Will My Treatment Cost?
Patients are often hesitant to ask about the cost of their treatment directly. However, it’s a normal part of the consultation, so don’t hesitate to inquire about your financial investment! In addition to providing you with an estimate of the cost, your dentist can review the available financial solutions, from flexible financing to special offers.
With the above questions, you will leave your consultation feeling informed, confident, and ready to pursue your dream smile!
About the Author
Dr. Monil Mehta earned his dental doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and began working as an associate dentist shortly after. Since then, he’s completed additional training in everything from clear aligner orthodontics and laser gum therapy to implant dentistry and BOTOX®. Plus, he maintains active memberships with professional organizations, like the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. If you want to learn more about his education and experience or you’d like to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation, don’t hesitate to visit his website or call (952) 906-0200.