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Cosmetic Dental Questions

I don’t like my teeth or my smile – what can I do?
A wide variety of cosmetic dental treatmebt options are available to improve how your teeth work and the way your smile looks.  Check out our “Smile Gallery” section to see how other patients with similar problems were helped, then look to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Kelliher to get started on your new smile.


How much does it cost to get a great smile?
Like most services, cost will vary based on the time required and the difficulty of the procedures.  Generally, improving a smile will require a combination of treatment options such as bleaching, reshaping gums and using bonded materials (resin or porcelain) to improve the appearance of teeth.  A great way to start is having a consultation with Dr. Kelliher to determine the ways that you can reach your goals.  Improving your smile is an investment in you.


What are some of the benefits of cosmetic dentistry?
A great smile should improve your self-confidence, which can have a positive impact on the social and professional aspects of your life.  Cosmetic dentistry is not just about pretty smiles though.  New techniques and materials are available for back teeth as well as the ones you see when you smile.  Now your mouth can look great, get healthy and function better at the same time.  Ask Dr. Kelliher what’s available for you.


How many office visits will it take to fix my teeth and improve my smile?
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.  Dr. Kelliher will work to make your treatment as convenient as possible, perhaps choosing slightly longer visits instead of more trips to the office.  Talk to Dr. Kelliher 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.


What will my new smile look like?
Dr. Kelliher with 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.  Dr. Kelliher 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 Dr. Kelliher what can be done to give you the smile you desire.


If my teeth are reshaped for veneers or crowns, what will they look like?  Will they be sensitive?
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.


Is my new smile permanent?
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.


Is teeth whitening bad for patient's enamel?
There is no permanent damage caused to the enamel or any other tooth structures by tooth whitening.


Does teeth whitening cause permanent teeth sensitivity?
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.

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