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Answering Cosmetic Dentistry Questions

Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the smile’s aesthetics and oral health. Our patients can improve their confidence and meet their smile goals with cosmetic dental care. Cosmetic dentistry services in our Tampa, FL, dental office benefit patients in good oral health who want to brighten or straighten one or more teeth. If you are interested in cosmetic services but have specific questions about treatment, explore answers to FAQs.

Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs

FAQs: Cosmetic Dentistry in Tampa, FL

Our cosmetic treatments include Invisalign, teeth whitening treatment, dental bonding, and porcelain veneers. Learn more about these treatments with answers to these commonly asked questions: 

How long is Invisalign treatment?

Invisalign treatment can vary from patient to patient. However, on average, patients can complete Invisalign in 12 months or more. The extent of your orthodontic needs, how you care for your aligners, and how long you wear your aligners can impact the length of your treatment.

Completing treatment will require more time if you have tooth gaps or overcrowding. Additionally, if you damage your aligners, it will take time to get a new pair.

Should I receive porcelain veneers or dental bonding treatment?

Dental veneers and dental bonding treatment are similar because they can both address misshapen, discolored, and damaged teeth. However, each treatment has advantages and disadvantages depending on your preference.

Veneers last longer than bonding treatment and can cover one or all of the teeth in the smile line. Dental veneers often require more tooth preparation and offer a good option for patients who want to cover their teeth permanently. Tooth bonding treatment is more cost-effective but may not last as long. Bonding is also best for single discolored or damaged teeth.

How do I keep my teeth white after professional whitening treatment?

After your professional teeth whitening treatment, you should:

  • Avoid smoking or using tobacco products
  • Continue brushing and flossing
  • Avoid staining foods and beverages
  • Receive whitening touch-up treatments

Are dental veneers permanent?

Dental veneers are long-lasting and can be known as a permanent treatment because patients need tooth preparation before treatment. Removing a small portion of the tooth enamel ensures that the veneers properly adhere to teeth and do not look and feel bulky. Patients who want to treat crooked teeth, tooth gaps, discolored teeth, and other imperfections must be committed to covering their natural teeth for years.

How do you clean Invisalign aligners?

Some of the most common ways to clean Invisalign aligners are to use Invisalign crystals, mouthguard soaks, or liquid soap and water. Cleaning Invisalign aligners before placing them back on the teeth can prevent staining and damage from foods and drinks. 

Do you want to completely makeover your smile? Contact Historic Hyde Park Dentistry for cosmetic dental care at 813-733-6981. You can also request a dental appointment with Dr. Rebecca Benedict on our website.