FAQ About Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Peter Rinaldi answers patient's questions about cosmetic dentistry//

FAQ About Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry Frequently Asked Questions

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It is any procedure that requires improving the smile of a patient. It could be direct composite fillings, veneers, crowns, or even implants.

Number one is improving a patient’s self-confidence. However, an added benefit that patients don’t often realize is that their function and bite can be improved.

When you look in the mirror and don’t like what you see. A person considering a cosmetic change should want the improvement for themselves not because they are told to do it.

I have done smile improvements from age 14 to 83. Early on it was mostly women that asked for cosmetic changes. However, much more men now have smile makeovers today.

Like our natural teeth, there is wear and tear over time. Restorations will need to be replaced. However, keeping current with maintenance visits with the hygienist goes a long way to increase the life span of these restorations.

Typically, no. Because it’s not actually insurance but a benefit plan. Insurance companies only want to cover the minimal procedures needed to prevent loss of teeth, not improve the looks. If a tooth has decay or is fractured and is part of the smile makeover plan, then insurance may cover a percentage of that procedure.

It is based on the skill, experience, and qualifications of the practitioner and the amount of treatment that needs to be done.

It is dependent on the patient’s bite forces, home care, and yearly maintenance visits with the hygienist. Overall, a reachable goal of longevity should be 15 – 20 years.

It is important that we understand why the patient is seeking some sort of cosmetic change. From there we can have a discussion of some of the possibilities of what is available in cosmetic dentistry today. If the patient is considering moving forward with cosmetic treatment, we appoint the patient for records. This is a critical part of treatment. With specially mounted models, pictures and x-rays, we can customize a treatment plan for the patient and provide several options. It is important for the patient to have a complete picture of what their esthetic and functional downfalls may be.

Qualifications and experience. Also, the dedication of the entire dental team to deliver the highest 5-star patient care and experience.

The Collection at Chevy Chase
5481 Wisconsin Ave, Suite 221
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

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