Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Be Sure To Ask These Questions Before Getting Veneers

You are contemplating veneers. Great! The smile of your dreams is only a few short weeks away. You have already researched local dentists and have scheduled a consultation with a local dentist to gain more information and begin the process of your smile transformation.

Although veneers have become a common cosmetic procedure, it is important to ask the right questions and have all your concerns addressed before the process begins. Remember, that there is no such thing as a dumb or bad question. If you are unsure of something, be sure to ask. Unfortunately, some questions seem to slip from people's memory when they meet their dentist for a consultation. Below are a few key points to ask before committing to your smile makeover.

1.) Ask to see previous work carried out by your dentist, allowing you to vividly see the type of work performed by the dentist. When viewing these images, you should be able to see the complexity of each case, paying particular attention to how each smile is unique and beautiful. If you notice that many of the ending results are exactly the same, you may want to ask the dentist how he or she can make your smile unique to you.

2.) Ask about any hidden costs. Does the quote definitely cover everything? Sometimes dentists may decide to charge you for additional work, giving you unexpected costs. Asking beforehand ensures that you know exactly what you are expected to pay before beginning the process. Also ask if there are any incentives for paying in-full, early, or different payment plan options.

3.) Ask if the work is guaranteed. If so, for how long? Get it in writing. If a veneer breaks in the guaranteed time, are you given a replacement veneer for free? Ask also if you get a discount on replacements after the guarantee is up- get that in writing too.

4.) Tell the dentist about any known dental issues; including, sensitivity, grinding, clenching, etc. These issues may affect whether you should get veneers, since teeth grinders are typically not good candidates for veneers since they are at higher risk for damaging them.

5.) If you have any issues like cavities or gum problems, the dentist should 100% fix these before fitting new veneers as this will only mask the problem. Since these underlying problems are not fixed, you may have more costs and pain in the long run.

6.) If you don't like needles or have dental anxiety, ask what other kinds of sedation are offered.

7.) Ask how long you need to wait between the temporary and final veneers.
These are just a few of the many questions that you should consider before going through with the veneers process. Remember you should be comfortable that you are choosing the right dentist for your needs. No question is a bad question when getting a smile make-over. Be sure that they are answered and that you are completely aware of what to expect before, during, and after the process.

Jon Frankel, DDS is a general and cosmetic dentist in Toledo, Ohio. He specializes in cosmetic dentistry and enjoys creating new, beautiful, unique smiles. To learn more about Dr. Frankel, veneers, or other options available at Frankel Dentistry, please visit his website at and be sure to "like" him on Facebook at
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