FAQs about Cosmetic Dentistry

As a first-time cosmetic dentistry patient, it’s only normal to have questions that you’d like to have answered before you undergo a cosmetic procedure. Here are some answers to common questions that you may find helpful.

Q: Can jagged teeth be fixed?

A: Yes. Most jagged teeth can be reshaped with the use of dental sanding discs to achieve the perfect height and shape consistency. Often, reshaping can be done without the aid of anesthetics, especially if there’s no chipping involved. If heavy chipping exists, your dentist will have to decide if a veneer or crown is necessary to cover up the damage.

Q: Veneers and crowns—is there a difference?

A: Though they serve the same function (covering up damaged teeth), veneers and crowns are actually quite different: A tooth veneer is a thin slice of porcelain or plastic that covers the only the damaged portion of a tooth. Meanwhile, a crown covers the entire visible surface of the damaged tooth and not just a portion of it.

Q: What types of dentists specialize in cosmetic dentistry?

Generally, only two dentistry fields are allowed to focus on cosmetic dentistry: prosthodontics and orthodontics. Prosthodontists are in charge of fabricating crowns, veneers, bridges, and dentures that replace or cover missing or damaged teeth. Orthodontists, on the other hand, are the ones who build retainers or braces that fix teeth alignment.

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