Answering Cosmetic Dentistry Questions

Cosmetic dental care enhances the natural appearance of the smile. Patients who receive cosmetic dental treatments also benefit from improved confidence and satisfaction with their smiles.

We welcome patients to learn more about the cosmetic dentistry treatments we offer in our Cadillac, MI office, from veneers to clear aligners.

Answering Cosmetic Dentistry Questions

FAQs: Cosmetic Dentistry in Cadillac, MI

If you’re interested in cosmetic treatment but have questions about certain dental treatments, read answers to common questions that many patients have about cosmetic dentistry below: 

How do you keep teeth white after whitening treatment?

Following professional whitening treatment, you should: 

  • Brush and floss twice a day
  • Avoid tobacco products
  • Do not consume staining foods and drinks
  • Receive touch-up whitening in our office

Sticking to these tips will help keep your teeth bright for as long as possible.

How long will veneers last? Are veneers permanent? 

Dental veneers are known as permanent treatments because we prepare the teeth before applying the veneers. Tooth preparation involves removing a small portion of the tooth or a layer of the tooth enamel.

This ensures that the veneers adhere to the teeth and do not look or feel bulky. Patients must be committed to veneers because they will last ten to fifteen or more years.

How do you keep clear aligners clean?

Use a mouthguard cleaner or Invisalign crystals to soak your aligners. Do not eat or drink anything other than water with your aligners on your teeth. You can stain your aligners, or the sugars and starches from food or drinks can build up harmful bacteria on the aligners. 

Am I a candidate for dental bonding?

We recommend dental bonding treatment for patients with more minor cosmetic needs than those who receive porcelain veneers or dental crowns.

Dental bonding treatment uses malleable, tooth-colored materials to cover chipped teeth, cracked teeth, discolored teeth, and small gaps between teeth.

We ensure that patients are in good dental health before bonding treatment so factors like tooth decay or gum disease do not impact their treatment. 

Do I need to wear my aligners overnight?

Patients need to wear their clear aligners overnight because they must wear them 20 to 22 hours a day. If patients lose their aligners or do not wear them for hours or days, they can slow down their treatment.

This wear time is also why we do not recommend clear aligners for patients with TMD, as they can damage the aligners.

If you have more cosmetic dentistry questions or are interested in cosmetic dental treatments, please call us today at 231-389-6388. You may also request a dental appointment online.

Dr. Sheryl Jenicke and her team will be happy to help you find the right cosmetic treatment to meet your specific goals.