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Misconceptions About Cosmetic Dentistry

Do you have misconceptions about cosmetic dentistry? Many people do, and often it keeps them from getting the smile they want. Here are five of the most common misconceptions about cosmetic dentistry.

1. Cosmetic Dentistry Costs a Small Fortune

Some cosmetic dentistry treatments can be expensive, but you might be surprised at how many procedures are well within just about anyone’s financial means. A full set of crowns might not be in your budget, but there is a good chance that your dental imperfections can be corrected with less costly treatments like bonding or porcelain veneers.

2. Cosmetic Dentistry Takes Forever

This is another of the most common misconceptions about cosmetic dentistry – that you must spend untold hours in your Merrick dentist’s chair. The fact is, unless your treatment involves the use of braces, you can probably have your cosmetic dentistry treatment completed in a visit or two.

This misconception probably arises from the belief that many people have, that a full-mouth restoration is always warranted. The truth is that it depends on the nature of your dental issues. You might need more than one treatment (in which case you probably will need a few visits), but if your imperfections just involve the need for bonding or a whitening treatment, you only need one visit. Even dental crowns can be installed in just one visit at Port Washington Dental Care in Merrick, thanks to CEREC technology.

3. Cosmetic Dental Treatments Hurt

Given the advances in dental knowledge and technology, no dental treatment should hurt, and cosmetic dentistry treatments are no different. Your dentist is not going to do anything that will cause you pain.

4. Any Dentist Can Perform Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments

Patients are often surprised when their dentist refers them to a specialist for dental implants, orthodontic treatments and other cosmetic dentistry procedures. This is because they are operating under another of the most common misconceptions about cosmetic dentistry – that any dentist can provide these treatments. The truth is that it requires a good deal of extra training to be a cosmetic dentist.

6. Contact Our Merrick Dental Office for Information About Cosmetic Dentistry

If you are unhappy with your smile, contact us at Port Washington Dental Care in Merrick, New York. You can reach us at 516-378-1725. Dr. Tassos Katechis will be happy to talk with you about any misconceptions you may have about cosmetic dentistry, and recommend a course of treatment.

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