The dentists of the Dulles Dental Group in Centerville, VA provide a wide array of cosmetic dentistry procedures to every patient looking to improve their smile. Their service has had patients smiling for over 20 years.
Cosmetic Dentistry Q & A
What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?
The word “cosmetic” is an indicator that the goal of cosmetic dentistry is to improve teeth’s appearance by making them look better. Although braces can be one way to improve the appearance of teeth, braces are considered orthodontia rather than cosmetic dentistry, as the primary reason for braces is to improve function and prevent problems. Cosmetic dentistry includes teeth whitening, the use of composite or porcelain fillings (as opposed to metal fillings, which are more noticeable), veneers and crowns.
How Do Patients Choose a Cosmetic Dentist?
Some of the techniques used in cosmetic dentistry are commonly taught in dental school. The use of composite resin and porcelain fillings, for example, are included in the standard dental training. However, cosmetic dentistry requires additional training in a post-graduate course specific to cosmetic dentistry principles and techniques, so look for a dentist with a certificate in cosmetic dentistry. Experience and number of years in practice or number of procedures help sharpen skills. Before patients make a choice, ask to see before-and-after pictures of patients. As with any dentist, patients should engage and ask questions to feel comfortable before a procedure. The dentists at Dulles Dental Group are all trained and experienced in cosmetic dentistry.
What Can Patients Expect from Cosmetic Procedures?
Cosmetic dental procedures differ in terms of time, cost and number of appointments. Bleaching may mean a single session in the dentist’s chair, although sometimes multiple sessions are necessary to get just the right look. Veneers typically take three sessions: The veneer must be made from a mold, the tooth prepped and the veneer attached. For a crown, two visits are usually necessary, one to make a mold and attach the temporary crown, and a final visit to attach and shape the prosthetic tooth. The technical difficulty of a procedure or the use of techniques such as lasers may also affect how long a procedure takes. Ask your doctor if you have more questions about the procedure.