4 Important Questions To Ask A Cosmetic Dentist

Do you have a less than perfect smile? Have you recently achieved the financial means to get your teeth fixed up? As you may already have discovered, there can be a lot more to acquiring the best smile than simply picking a dentist at random and having them work on your teeth. Before you agree to have any work done, it's a good idea to ask a few questions of your dentist so that you know what's going on. Some of the most important questions to ask include:

What sort of procedure or procedures will be best for these teeth? For any given dental issue, there can be several ways that your cosmetic dentist could go about fixing your teeth. Some of these options may not look as realistic as others and some may not be available at all due to the physical structure of your mouth and jawbone. Your cosmetic dentist will work with you to help you find the option or options that will give you the best possible results.

What are the costs of these procedures? Some cosmetic procedures are going to cost significantly more than others. For instance, your cosmetic dentist may recommend dental bonding or veneers to fix the appearance of crooked or discolored teeth. Dental bonding is the less expensive option but may only last for a few years before needing to be redone. Veneers are a similar solution, but are nearly permanent and are consequently more expensive. Your cosmetic dentist can help you to balance efficiency and appearance to get you a beautiful, yet affordable, smile.

Do you have an album of before and after images?  Even though your cosmetic dentist may be recommending that a certain procedure is worth the extra money, sometimes it can be difficult to decide whether or not the additional cost is going to be worth it to you. Looking at before and after images of patients who are similar to you will make it easier for you to see what the differences between two or three choices will be and whether the additional cost is worth it to you or if you'd rather go with the less expensive option until you have more money available. 

What happens if the results aren't as expected? Whether due to unexpected happenings during the course of the various procedures or an honest mistake, it's possible that the initial results may not be quite what you're expecting. A good cosmetic dentist will typically provide one or two adjustments at no additional charge. If your dentures don't quite fit right or if you think that your dental implants don't match your original teeth, your dentist should be able to fix these things so that you're happy with the results.

For more information, contact companies like BayView Dental Associates.