Fixing Crooked Teeth and More with Cosmetic Dentistry

As cosmetic dentistry procedures continue to become more popular, we have a lot of patients inquiring about the various procedures as well as the costs and long-term care involved. Of course, there are more specific questions from people asking about the differences between bonding and veneers, for example, and whether or not they would be good candidates for either.

Are you considering a smile makeover but are a little skeptical, given all the information you have come across is straight from the internet? As a leading cosmetic dentist in Greensboro, Dr. Farless has put together a list of the most common cosmetic dentistry questions he gets asked. 

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Over time, your teeth become stained or discolored, chip or crack, and in some instances, they may even shift or move, which can affect your bite, smile, and self-confidence. Cosmetic dentistry includes various procedures such as teeth whitening, bonding, veneers, gum contouring and more.

Are there any benefits to cosmetic dentistry?

Without a doubt, yes. If you are conscious about your teeth not being as white, as straight or as perfect as you would like, then cosmetic dentistry will give you back your smile along with your confidence. And some procedures will help prolong the life of your teeth and improve the functionality of your bite. Bonding or teeth alignment are two such examples. Adding veneers can also help to preserve teeth.

What are the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures available?

While we don’t think there are any particularly popular procedures among our patients, the goal of our patients seeking cosmetic dentistry is generally the same: They want a better, more functional smile. Many of these individuals want to know about veneers because veneers are helpful in situations where teeth have several issues going on at once. After a thorough evaluation, we will discuss the best possible options for you.

What are veneers?

A veneer is a thin ceramic layer or shell that is fitted to your natural teeth to correct various dental problems including discolored or yellow teeth, cracked or damaged teeth, gummy smiles or small gaps between your teeth.

Can veneers fix crooked teeth?

Yes, veneers can fix crooked teeth, as well as a lot of other dental issues. However, they can’t help with the functionality of your teeth. To find out if veneers will work for you, make your appointment for a comprehensive evaluation.

Do veneers look fake?

Unfortunately, in some instances, veneers can look very fake, especially if the cosmetic dentist you go to has little or no experience. While you might want to look like your favorite Hollywood actress, one smile does not fit all. When done incorrectly, any of the cosmetic dentistry procedures will look fake, including teeth whitening and veneers.

Why is my gum health important?

Before starting any cosmetic dentistry procedures, Dr. Farless will check your overall dental health, including your gums. Should there be any signs of inflammation or gum disease, he will suggest a treatment plan; this is because the health of your gums will affect the outcome of the procedure and how long it lasts.

Do cosmetic dentistry procedures require surgery?

For the most part, cosmetic dentistry doesn’t require surgery and can be done in the chair. If you are one of the millions of Americans who has a genuine fear of the dentist, you can ask about different sedation options to ensure your experience is as painless and stress-free as possible.

How much does cosmetic dentistry cost?

The price depends very much on the procedure you have. Teeth whitening is relatively straightforward and is considered to be one of the cheaper solutions. Veneers, on the other hand, require much more work, which means they will cost much more. We offer several financing options, and we accept payment through CareCredit.

Do all dentists do cosmetic dentistry?

Because there is no state legislation in place to monitor this, any dentist is allowed to call himself a cosmetic dentist. This is why it is essential you find a good cosmetic dentist that provides a wide range of services with the experience and patient reviews to back it up. You can also look for accredited cosmetic dentists near you on the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry website.

If you, like millions of others, are considering having a smile makeover, we have hopefully answered some of your initial questions. If not, our Greensboro Dental Team will be more than happy to assist. Schedule your appointment online today.


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