Frequently Asked Questions

1. Schedule a 15 minute virtual consultation here. 
2. Once you schedule, we’ll ask you to text a photo of your face, smiling as wide as you can so we can create your digital smile design.
3. We’ll schedule your first in person visit after our virtual consultation.

I want a better smile, I hate my teeth. How do I begin?

We integrate digital data from photos, x-rays, intraoral scans, and facial scans to design your new smile. 

What is the smile design process?

Cosmetic dentistry can give you a gorgeous smile if you have the following: 

spaces or gaps between the teeth
small, poorly shapes or crooked teeth
broken or chipped teeth
dark colored or stained teeth
dark, yellow or old fillings

How can veneers or cosmetic bonding improve my smile? 

Cosmetic bonding is a process in which your cosmetic dentist uses specially formulated tooth-colored material to repair minor defects on the surface of your teeth. The bonding material itself is a type of composite resin — a tough, translucent mixture of plastic and glass components that mimics the pearly-white appearance of your teeth. 

What is cosmetic bonding?

Dental bonding is one of the most affordable dental procedures when correcting minor defects. Bonding helps enhance the shape and color of your teeth while extending their length. It helps repair chipped or stained teeth. Enjoy a beautiful smile now with the option to transition from bonding to porcelain veneers later on.

Why Get Dental Bonding?

Cosmetic bonding can repair small chips, cracks, and areas of discoloration. Bonding can even be used to fix minor spacing irregularities.

What types of defects can tooth bonding repair?

Yes. Teeth whitening should be completed two weeks before selecting the new color for your dental procedure with cosmetic bonding procedure, porcelain veneers or ceramic crowns. Dr. Brennan provides professional teeth whitening services for her patients. 

Should I whiten my teeth before cosmetic dental treatment?

It’s possible that dental bonding may slightly alter the way your retainer or other oral appliances fit. If you need a new retainer or night guard, your cosmetic dentist will tell you ahead of time 

Will Cosmetic Bonding change the way my retainer fits? 

Veneers are thin shells made of tooth-colored porcelain that are custom made and bonded to your teeth to improve their appearance (changing the color, shape, size, or length).

What are Dental Veneers?

A veneer is a thin shell of porcelain/ceramic applied to the front of your tooth, similar to a fake fingernail. A ceramic crown covers both the front and the back of a tooth. 

What’s the difference between veneers and crowns?

Porcelain veneers are very strong. Nevertheless, porcelain is a glass and can crack if very strong forces are applied. It is advised to avoid chewing ice, hard nuts, candy apples, and popcorn. The natural teeth are often damaged by these same foods. So, while porcelain veneers are very resilient, they aren’t indestructible.

How strong are veneers? Are there restrictions on what I can eat?

No. The porcelain ceramic material will not discolor or change color. If you want the adjacent or opposing teeth to be whiter, we recommend whitening your teeth prior to your veneer treatment. 

Can I whiten my veneers later on?

Cosmetic bonding can last several years, but will likely stain or discolor within 3-5 years depending if you consume coffee, tea, red wine and certain foods. The bonding material can be easily polished or repaired to improve the appearance. However, Porcelain veneers in general last longer and will not typically stain.

How long does cosmetic bonding last?

The number of veneers you need will depend on the width of your smile and how many teeth are visible. Dr. Brennan has a keen eye for creating gorgeous, natural looking smiles, along with a special software to digitally design your future smile so you can see what you’ll look like before we begin any work. We make a prototype to place over your teeth so you can see your new smile design. 

How many dental veneers will I need?

Absolutely! We’ll create a prototype of your new smile for you to wear for a few weeks. This allows you to try out your new look beforehand. 

Can I see how my smile will look before placing in the ceramic teeth?

The bond between the original tooth and porcelain veneer is critical as it not only provides the aesthetic perfection desired, but also a strong bond, which is essential for correct veneer function. Current research shows that when a porcelain veneer is bonded to a natural, healthy tooth, the tooth actually becomes stronger.

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