If there’s one thing you want to get right the first time, it’s a dental procedure. That’s why knowing how to talk to your dentist, and what questions to ask them, is important. If you have an upcoming cosmetic dental consultation, here are five things you should ask about to get a sense of what procedure would be right for you.
Q1: How Long Will It Take?
Establishing a timeline for each treatment will give you not only a sense of when you’ll see results, but also how involved the procedures are likely to be.
Q2: What Results Should I Expect?
Sometimes people are disappointed with their cosmetic treatment because they went in with the wrong expectations. Your dentist can produce incredible results, but it’s important to know upfront about what the service can and can’t do. If something specific is bothering you about your teeth, ask about the best way to fix that particular issue.
Q3: Will the Treatment Hurt?
Nearly every cosmetic treatment is completely painless. That said, many people have understandable fears about how it will feel to get teeth whitening or veneers. If it’ll put you at ease, you should ask your dentist whether or not your procedure will hurt.
Q4: How Long Will the Cosmetic Work Last?
Once you pay for a cosmetic treatment, you’ll want to reap the rewards for as long as possible afterward. You should ask your dentist about the expected lifespan of your restoration, and what you could do to extend it.
If you have a dentist you can trust, you should expect good results no matter which course of treatment you take. That said, it never hurts to be as informed as possible, and your provider will be happy to answer whatever questions you have.
About the Author
When he was a kid, Dr. Frank Michitti had many problems with his teeth, making more trips to the dentist than he could count. Now, as a dentist himself, he has a lot of empathy for the patients he sees. That’s why he dedicates himself to his work to provide the best care that he can. Dr. Michitti has completed over 1,000 hours of continuing education and has become a “Top 1% Dentist” for achieving Mastership status in the Academy of General Dentistry. If you have any questions about cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Michitti can be reached at his website or by phone at (413) 786-4400.