Do your teeth look less than ideal? Are you wanting to get your teeth fixed to look more perfect but you're not sure what you need to do? Obviously, your first step is going to be to find a dentist to care for your teeth. But there are certain flaws, such as crooked teeth or missing teeth, that will need to be handled by a cosmetic dentist like those at Kemper Pond Dental. Although some dental practices have a cosmetic dentist in-house, you'll often be required to find one on your own. But you shouldn't necessarily settle for the first dentist you see. Asking the following questions can help you to determine if the dentist is right for you:
How long will it take to get the desired result? Some aspects of cosmetic dentistry are relatively fast, and others can take months. In the latter category can be found things like braces that will bring crooked teeth into their proper position. Things that may be done quickly can include having crowns or veneers added to your teeth. Even so, these things may take multiple visits to complete, depending on the extent of the work that needs to be done on your teeth. A good dentist will talk you through everything that will need to be done and how many visits you may expect to make.
Are there any other methods to get the desired results? Sometimes, there are multiple ways to get the same results, with each method having its pros and cons. For instance, if your teeth are yellow and discolored, two possible solutions are whitening procedures or having veneers added. Whitening your teeth is a relatively simple process, but the end result may be teeth that are still dark. Veneers are a more involved and expensive cosmetic dentistry procedure, but the results are more or less guaranteed. A good dentist will discuss all the possibilities and allow you to choose the one that feels right for you.
How much of this is covered by insurance? Many dental insurance plans only cover part of any cosmetic dentistry procedure. You will be expected to pay for the rest out of pocket. Depending on your exact insurance and what is needed, your dentist may be able to get more of the process covered. If any extractions are necessary, this is typically covered by insurance plans, even if the bridges or denture appliances are not covered at all. An experienced dentist may not know the full details of what is and is not covered by your particular insurance, but should still be able to give you at least a rough estimate of what you'll be expected to pay.