Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs
One of the most frequent questions we hear in our Overland Park, KS office is “just what is cosmetic dentistry?” That is something that Dr. Headley, DDS at KC Smile provides to our many patients, and it is not the simplest question to answer. This is why we encourage you to consider the following cosmetic dentistry FAQs if you are in search of a dentist in Overland Park offering cosmetic dentistry.
What is a cosmetic dentist?
This is a dentist that is just like Dr. Headley! Trained in general dentistry but also skilled with unusual techniques that improve the appearance and even the function of a smile. In our offices, cosmetic dentistry is not only about aesthetics. We ensure that each patient has the healthiest smile possible before we do any cosmetic treatments, and so it could be said that cosmetic dentistry is a sort of finishing touch to general, preventative and restorative work.
What sort of treatments are cosmetic?
This is another of those very common cosmetic dentistry FAQs. It is actually a very broad area of dentistry that includes things like teeth whitening but also much more complex treatments like the use of porcelain veneers, dental implants, bridges, bonding and more. Each patient is unique, and so your cosmetic dentistry needs could be entirely different from those of someone else.
What is a smile makeover?
This is something that combines all forms of dentistry to provide a patient with the healthiest teeth, gums and bite. Then, the makeover looks at the issues that could be considered cosmetic, such as stained teeth, crooked or gapped teeth, and so on. After that, a special plan is made to provide each process and completely “makeover” the smile.
Would cosmetic dentistry provide me with the best method for a straighter smile?
Actually, this too is one of the common cosmetic dentistry FAQs, but it is often phrased as “braces or veneers?” These are two methods for straightening and one can be done in just two visits while the other involves the use of things like Invisalign or regular braces. They are both part of cosmetic dentistry but require such different paths that you would have to make your decision only after speaking with Dr. Headley about it.
Is there special “aftercare” where cosmetic treatments are concerned?
Just like all other forms of dentistry, you will need regular checkups and cleanings, good oral hygiene and other steps to ensure your cosmetic treatments remain in good condition. As an example, porcelain veneers are fantastic, but you could compromise them if you had habits like chewing your nails or tapping your teeth with a pencil!
If there are any cosmetic dentistry FAQs that were not dealt with here, or you have questions about other treatments mentioned, give us a call at our Overland Park, KS office at 913-491-6874. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.