Answering Your Questions about Cosmetic Dentistry

The saying goes that admitting you have a problem is half the battle. But when it comes to improving your smile, knowing you have a problem is of little consequence, if you’re still struggling to determine the best course of cosmetic treatment. Understanding what options are available to you, and how each can address different cosmetic concerns, can help you determine the best way to improve your smile. If you have questions about cosmetic dentistry, and what it can do for you, we can help.

Will cosmetic treatment take a long time to complete?

Some cosmetic treatments, such as dental bonding and contouring, can be completed in a single office visit, while others may take several months, from start to finish, to complete. Veneers and porcelain crowns, for instance, must be custom-crafted based on the exact requirements of your smile. Therefore, after your initial consultation, you will have to wait while they’re being constructed. Once they are completed, you will then meet with your cosmetic dentist to have them affixed to your teeth. The time it takes to adequately whiten your teeth will be dependent on the level of staining and your sensitivity to the professional whitening products provided by your cosmetic dentist.

Will my smile look bad during treatment?

In most cases, your smile will not look worse during treatment. With professional whitening, for instance, your teeth will become whiter over time, leaving you with a slightly improved smile until the desired result is achieved. Dental bonding is such a quick procedure, that you should leave the office on your first visit with a drastically enhanced smile. While waiting for a custom-made dental crown, your dentist can fit you with a temporary crown, if necessary. This can help improve your smile while you wait for your permanent restoration.

Can I combine treatment options to get my ideal smile?

Yes. Many patients find they can maximize the beauty of their natural smiles by combining cosmetic treatments. For instance, you may wish to have your teeth whitened before having a porcelain veneer affixed to your one misshapen tooth. You could also have a beautiful porcelain crown used to cover a tooth that was once plagued by a bad cavity, and choose to have dental bonding to address spacing between your front teeth.

About Your Lake Forest Cosmetic Dentist:

Aside from providing dependable general and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at 847-234-0517.

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