Frequently Asked Questions

In general, it would be wise to plan on financing your cosmetic dentistry on your own or through one of the various financing plans offered by many dentists. While some dentistry is necessary, cosmetic dental procedures are often elected by the patient. Some dental offices offer short term, in-house financing for their patients. Third party financing sources are available with options such as no interest for 12 months and/or interest rates equivalent to purchasing a used car. Of course, one’s credit history, and, if necessary, the availability of a co- signer affect the outcome of such financing options and the ability to qualify.

Dental benefits from your employer offer some financial help for basic dental care, and, under certain circumstances, a small portion of cosmetic and appearance-enhancing procedures may qualify for reimbursement. Your dentist must, of course, precisely report the procedures he or she performed and may be asked to outline the underlying reason for performing each procedure. In most cases, purely cosmetic procedures (like plastic surgery and other cosmetic procedures not covered by medical insurance) will not have been included in the agreement negotiated between your employer and the insurance carrier; so, don’t be disappointed if that is what you discover in your own plan.

Each benefit plan is unique so if it is important to be clear about what to expect, check with your benefits manager or insurance carrier directly. Remember that you will always be limited to the small yearly reimbursement maximum negotiated by your employer as well as any restrictions or limitations agreed to in the contract. Your dentist and his or her team will be helpful in providing information you can use when discussing benefits with your insurance carrier. They, however, have no influence over the decisions made by your employer or the carrier and have little information about the details of your plan.

Sensitivity from teeth whitening is always transient. That means if there is any sensitivity caused by the whitening, it goes away within one to two days after the cessation of bleaching, and the patient returns to the state of sensitivity that they had before they started the whitening process.

There is no permanent damage caused to the enamel or any other tooth structures by tooth whitening.

DCNZ website is a good place to start. Continuing education is important, A valid credential (is also a good indication of a level of skill that is important for delivering excellent results. Ask to see documentation of the dentist’s work on patients with similar issues, and discuss the dentist’s degree of experience with various procedures. Exceptional cosmetic dentistry is not an accident. Talk to your dentist, develop a plan and work together toward your goal.

Most dental insurances have very low total benefits per year, which may offset the cost of regular check-ups, but probably won’t pay toward cosmetic services. Insurance is a business, and as such, your carrier will often contract to pay for the least expensive option instead of the best solution for your particular needs or desires. Our dentists will work to maximize your benefits, and may have suggestions for alternative methods of interest free financing so you can obtain the treatment of your choice.

With good home care and regular visits to your dentist, modern materials can last for many years and possibly decades. Like most things, excellent maintenance will extend the life of your dental restorations.

Generally, cemented restorations like crowns or veneers will require two visits – one to shape the teeth, and one to cement the restorations to the teeth. In between, your dentist can place attractive temporary restorations to help prevent sensitivity, allow function and provide a nice smile. These temporaries are designed to be in your mouth for a limited time, but should be comfortable and natural looking until you can get your new smile completed.

Your dentist will work with you to choose the look that’s right for you. A smile enhancement can be made to look dramatic and natural at the same time. Your dentist can use photographs and models to show you what to expect. Sometimes, trial materials can be placed directly on your teeth to help visualize the change. Ask your dentist what can be done to give you the smile you desire.

That will vary for each person, depending on his or her needs. Sometimes, you can dramatically improve your oral health and appearance in just a couple of visits. Most dentists will work to make your treatment as convenient as possible, perhaps choosing slightly longer visits instead of more trips to the office. Talk to your dentist about your goals and concerns so the best plan can be developed for your individual situation. If you start today, a new smile can be yours sooner than you think.