Cosmetic dentistry – 9 Questions to ask before having cosmetic dentistry

2021 is well and truly the year that should be all about you!

If spending more time on you and improving your quality of life and happiness is on your new year’s resolution list, why not start with your smile.

Have you noticed things about your smile that you would like to enhance but the whole thing just seems too daunting and you aren’t quite sure where to begin?

What is Cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry refers to a range of dental procedures used to restore damaged teeth or replace missing teeth. This can involve a range of dental treatment including dental implants, veneersCEREC, teeth whitening etc.

Choosing the right dentist and dental practice is critical to ensure you can achieve the best results while enjoying the best experience possible as a patient.

If you are thinking about transforming your smile, take a few moments to consider these questions every patient should ask to help get you moving in the right direction.

Questions to ask before having cosmetic dentistry:

Am I an ideal candidate for cosmetic dentistry?

Invariably, the answer is yes — there’s always a way to enhance your appearance, starting with improved oral hygiene or perhaps teeth whitening. But whether you are a candidate for a particular procedure will depend on a full examination of your mouth by a highly experienced dental practitioner to assess your current condition and needs, and what cosmetic options would best fit your individual requirements.

What are my options?

The variety of cosmetic services available will depend largely on the training and experience of a specific dentist. Some popular cosmetic solutions are dental implants and veneers. Your dentist will walk you through what suitable treatment options are available and work in partnership with you to determine what options best suit you and your needs.

As part of the SDAI “Boutique Service” each patient is allocated over an hour for the initial consultation so both patient and dentist have an opportunity to discuss the case, risks, and the best recommended course of action. Whether you decide to go ahead with treatment or not, you will leave the consultation with a clear understanding of your current situation and the options available to you.

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Are my expectations realistic?

That will first depend on what the dentist identifies during your consultation and if this also aligns with your smile goals. Your consultation will also include studying the bigger picture — how certain changes might affect not only your smile but your overall facial appearance. Your wants and desires are extremely important in this process, but they should also be balanced with a dose of reality — some things may not be in your best interest health-wise to undertake or are not in keeping with basic aesthetic principles of beauty.

What skills, qualifications and experience does the dentist have?

When choosing the right dentist for you, especially when it comes to cosmetic dentistry, it is important to consider their qualifications and credentials. This can help you to determine whether the dentist has the necessary skills, experience and training to execute the treatment you require.

Your dentist’s training and experience will impact the quality and longevity of your treatment. During a cosmetic dentistry consultation, ask the dentist what type of treatment they have previously performed and what outcomes they have had for patients.

At SDAI, practitioners have been caring for patients for over 40 years and placing implants for the past 12 years along with teaching and mentoring other dentists worldwide. Sydney Dental Aesthetics & Implants (SDAI) and dental practitioner, Dr Dean Licenblat are well recognised as Australian leaders in dental implants and cosmetic dentistry procedures, they are also one of the few dental practices providing highly sought after completely metal free, zirconia implants to their patients.

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Will I be able to see how my smile will look prior?

The dental industry has come a long way in providing patients ways to preview their new smile before undertaking a procedure. It is often possible to “see” your proposed smile through technology. At SDAI the team utilise advanced technology and equipment including 3D scanning to show their patients what their smiles will look like and to assist with achieving optimal results.

What will it cost?

This will depend on the treatment plan you and your dentist choose to develop together. Some treatments like teeth whitening are relatively inexpensive, while procedures like dental implants are more significant investments. You should also consider the costs associated with your time and longevity of treatment. Some treatments require only a single visit, while others may take months or even years to complete. Depending on your financial means and comfort level, cost will need to be factored into the final plan, as well as your expectations. SDAI also offers patient payment plan options.

How long will it take?

This will vary depending on the type of treatment that has been recommended and selected. Your dentist will explain comprehensively the step by step process of what the treatment will involve and how long each phase will take. They will also do their best to accommodate your requirements, budget and lifestyle needs.

Will I need pain relief?

Your dentist can inform you of your pain relief options. SDAI offers the additional benefit of inhouse sedation performed by a qualified seditionist, Dr Melissa Licenblat so that you can have all treatment done in the chair. Find out more about sleep dentistry and dental sedation options.

What are the potential negative aspects of the procedure?

Cosmetic procedures can drastically change your life for the better, providing a permanent solution to otherwise intractable dental problems. However, as with any complex medical procedure, there are risks. Your dentist should carefully review with you the pros and cons of each method so that you can make a well-informed, confident decision.

For more information:

How to choose the right Sydney CBD dentist for you

Make 2021 your year and get the smile you deserve today!

If you would like more information, please contact our caring and friendly team today on (02) 9233 3301.