Frequently Asked Questions
FAQs for our Cosmetic Dentistry Practice Serving Denver
Steven Weinstein, D.D.S., our preeminent cosmetic dentist in the Denver area can answer your questions about the cosmetic dentistry procedures offered at our facility, including porcelain veneers, bonding, tooth whitening, and more.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are also referred to as porcelain laminates, and our cosmetic dentist in the Denver area has extensive experience working with dental veneers. These restorations are generally bonded to the front surface(s) of teeth and can be used to change tooth shape and color. Veneers are typically very thin, but very strong when affixed to natural teeth. The advantage of using porcelain versus composite resin (bonding) is the strength, durability, and vitality of the material.
What is the process?
Porcelain veneers are commonly used to treat an entire smile at our cosmetic dentistry practice in the Denver area. A model is made of the patient's teeth and the "new look" is created in wax on this model. The teeth are shaped and at a second appointment, the veneers are placed on the teeth. The time between appointments may vary depending upon the needs of each patient, although between appointments, the "new look" as seen on the model is created in the mouth. In this way, the patient can view how the veneers will look in their own smile. If necessary, changes can be made to ensure that what you see is what you get.
Veneers are an excellent way to treat individual teeth to correct color or shape issues with strength and support.
What is the cost?
For an entire smile, fees are quoted on an individual basis depending upon the patient's specific needs. The fees for porcelain veneers may also depend on the choice of materials.
How do I know the number of teeth that need to be treated?
Looking in the mirror and seeing what shows is the best start. Based on this, it is not uncommon that 8-10 upper teeth need to be treated for a smile. Our lower teeth show more when we talk and 6-8 teeth are most commonly treated. Steven Weinstein, D.D.S., our premier cosmetic dentist serving Denver area patients can help you determine how many teeth are in need of dental veneers.
What is bleaching or tooth whitening?
Bleaching or tooth whitening at our Denver area practice is a simple process using oxygenating agents to lighten or brighten discolored teeth. It is most effective with teeth that discolored from age, tobacco, food and drink colorations, and other conditions.
We have two methods of tooth whitening - in the office or at home. The result will be comparable for most cases and many patients opt for the convenience of being treated for about 1-1/2 hours in the office versus the one to three week regimen of using trays at home.
The procedure is safe and does not damage the teeth. We expect either tooth whitening treatment to be effective for an average of four years, after which time a touch-up may be necessary.
The cost of tooth whitening at our cosmetic dentistry practice is less than the fee for one filling and all of the teeth that show when smiling are treated.
What is Bonding?
Bonding most often refers to the application of a composite resin material to the teeth. It is sculpted, finished, and polished directly in the mouth. Contemporary materials allow us to create an appearance that mirrors natural teeth. While the appearance is often similar to porcelain veneers when initially placed, the material is not as durable and may require touch-ups over the years.
What is necessary for corrections of color, crowding, chips, or spaces?
A general or cosmetic dentistry consultation at our Denver area practice is the starting point to determine the best plan for achieving your desired result. For minor problems that do not impact your bite, the treatment can be outlined and an appointment can be made to correct your concerns. When multiple teeth require treatment, we begin with determining your functional needs first. This is accomplished by creating models of your teeth and some simple records of how your teeth and jaws relate. To ensure success, we want to preserve or most often improve the function of your teeth while improving your appearance. We consider dental health - function - and mental health - appearance - to work hand-in-hand.