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Frequently Asked Questions about Cosmetic Dentistry – Dr. Abeyta can answer your questions.

Question #1. What cause teeth discoloration?

Teeth can become discolored for many reasons from age to antibiotics! Here is a list:

1. Aging – as we age our teeth enamel wears down and become duller and more stained.
2. Use of harmful products – Two major causes for discoloration are tobacco and heavy tea or coffee usage.
3. Medications – some medications (certain antibiotics) that are prescribed during teeth developmental stage.
4. Genetics – some people are just genetically susceptible to ‘bad teeth’ including discoloration.
5. Fluoride – excessive fluoride consumption (called fluorosis) can also cause discoloration in teeth.

Question #2. What are the recommendations for repairing discolored teeth?

Cosmetic dentists will user teeth whitening and veneers among other possibilities to restore a bright white smile.

Question #3. Are there any side effects to the most common repairs for teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening, depending on the severity of discoloration, is usually a series of visits to the dentist where special solutions are used to ‘bleach’ the teeth back to a bright whiteness. To prevent harm to gum tissue, dentists will use a protective gel or possibly and rubber shield to protect the gums during the process. Post cleaning effects typically would no more than a slight tooth sensitivity.

Question #4. Will these teeth whitening process give each person the same results?

The short answer is no. Obviously someone who has severely discolored teeth might not see the same results as someone with slightly stained teeth. As some point your dentist might recommend veneers as a better result.

Question #5. What should I know when considering veneers?

There are several things to consider when looking at veneers including:

1. Goals – what goals do you have for your outcome? You want to be very clear with your dentist so there are no surprises when all is said and done.
2. The final product (color) of your teeth. As many veneers are very, very thin your original teeth can be seen through the veneer. If your teeth are heavily discolored you might want to go through the teeth whitening process first. Veneers are chosen for the color to match all remaining teeth, so it is best to have all teeth looking their best prior to veneer installation.
3. Ensure your discussions with your dentist includes your lifestyle and your habits. Do you smoke? Do you grind your teeth in your sleep? Do you clench your jaw? All these can have a detrimental effect on veneers!
4. The professionalism and experience of your dentist is crucial. Although all dentists use much the same materials – all dentists are not the same artists. Your dentist uses the cosmetic dentistry ‘tools’ to ‘craft’ your veneers. Do your homework.

Question #6. How do I research a cosmetic dentist?

First find out about their education and training. Have they been trained in the specialty you are discussing? Of course, not all dentists are cosmetic dentists.

Request before and after pictures of prior clients, and ask permission to speak with them about their experience. (Make sure that the images are from that dentist.

Find out and research all the groups your dentist is a member of. Are they are part of the community? Do they continually upgrade their training? Are they an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)?

We hope this helps you make a great decision. Dr. Abeyta will be happy to answer any of these questions and many more when you come in for your visit![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row]