During your cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Picot at SouthEnd Dentistry, you’ll be able to talk about your preferences for treatment, your budget, and any other factors that could affect which procedures are right for you.
But if you’d like to prepare beforehand, here are a few helpful questions you can ask yourself to guide your treatment, and get a better understanding of your cosmetic options.
1. What’s My Budget?
First, it’s helpful to determine your budget. Since most cosmetic dental work is not covered by insurance companies, procedures that are strictly meant to improve the appearance of your smile may need to be paid for out-of-pocket.
While we do offer a number of financing options at SouthEnd Dentistry, you’ll still want to have a good idea of how much you’re willing to spend on your treatment. This will help Dr. Picot suggest the proper procedures for your financial situation.
2. What Cosmetic Issues Would I Like To Fix?
Next, consider the cosmetic issues that you’d like to treat. Some of the most common cosmetic issues that keep people from a confident smile include:
- Crooked or misshapen teeth, which can be treated with dental bonding, veneers, or Invisalign
- Stained teeth, which can be treated with teeth whitening or veneers in cases of severe staining or internal stains
- Chipped or slightly damaged teeth, which are usually covered with veneers
- Damaged or cracked teeth, which may require the application of a porcelain dental crown
- Significantly crooked or gapped teeth, which may be treated with traditional orthodontics or Invisalign
- Missing teeth, which may require dental implants, a dental bridge, or a full/partial denture
Depending on your budget and the specifics of your case, there may be a number of different options that are appropriate for you.
3. Am I Willing To Commit To A Non-Reversible Procedure?
Some procedures, like the application of porcelain veneers, require the removal of some enamel and are not reversible. However, alternative treatments like dental bonding do not require the removal of enamel and can be reversed in the future, if necessary. So consider your own preferences, and think about whether or not you’re willing to commit to a long-term, irreversible cosmetic procedure.
4. Is My Mouth Healthy Enough For Cosmetic Treatment?
In most cases, you will not be able to get cosmetic treatment if you are currently suffering from issues like tooth decay, gum disease, or other serious oral health problems.
Your teeth need to be healthy, clean, and free of disease in order for your treatment to proceed. This means that, before you can get cosmetic dentistry, you may need to undergo treatments like periodontal cleanings, root canals, and have damaged teeth repaired with fillings and crowns.
Have More Questions? Ask Dr. Picot, And Get Answers!
We recommend asking yourself these questions as you consider cosmetic treatment, but scheduling a consultation with Dr. Picot will ensure that you get answers to any other questions you may have, from an expert.
Take a look at our smile gallery to learn more about how we can help transform your smile. If you’re ready to get started, give us a call at (704) 335-8266, or come to our office to schedule your consultation at 1520 South Blvd, Suite 110, Charlotte, NC 28203.