5208 W 26th Street | Sioux Falls, SD (605)271.4422
5208 W 26th Street | Sioux Falls, SD
5208 W 26th Street | Sioux Falls, SD (605)271.4422
Five FAQs About Cosmetic Dentistry
Before booking an appointment for cosmetic dentistry services, you might have a lot of questions. You want your teeth to be healthy and bright, and knowing as much as you can is essential before getting any work done. Here are five frequently asked questions when it comes to cosmetic dentistry.

How can I make my teeth whiter?
Getting whiter teeth depends on a number of factors including your lifestyle, dental hygiene habits, and smoking history. That's why consulting your cosmetic dentist about different options is recommended. It's worth nothing that 82.5% of people reported that they saw a difference after having their teeth whitened.

Why do teeth become less white over time?
Aging could play a huge part in this. Of course, over time, you are accumulating more stain on your teeth. Every sip of coffee and wine adds up! Also, as time naturally goes on, the surface of your teeth begins to thin out. This allows the dentin, a decidedly not-white part of your tooth, to show through more. It's best to take care of your teeth by brushing every day to keep your teeth healthy longer.

Does whitening hurt my teeth?
While there are no long-term pitfalls to teeth whitening procedures, people may notice their teeth becoming more sensitive after the procedure, especially to temperature changes and sugar. Teeth whitening treatments are a relatively new procedure, but the latest teeth whitening techniques cause much less discomfort. Check with your dentist for any further concerns.

Do veneers hurt?
Veneers are mostly painless. The process requires two appointments to complete during both of which you will be numb. If you have high levels of going-to-the-dentist anxiety, dental sedation may be an option, too.

What's the difference between orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry?
While they both involve changing the appearance of your teeth and jaw, they are completely different fields. Orthodontic treatments require a much longer time before the dental hardware can take effect. On the other hand, porcelain veneers (a form of cosmetic dentistry) can dramatically enhance your smile in two easy appointments and in many cases can show better results than orthodontic treatments alone. Going in for cosmetic dentistry can be a little unnerving at times. Thankfully, most of these procedures are rather quick, painless, and allow you to leave with a much wider smile than when you first came in.

For more information on cosmetic or sedation dentistry in Sioux Falls, SD, please visit Pillar Dental.

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