Everyone wants to be confident when they show off their smile, but many of us have cosmetic flaws that litter our teeth. Fortunately, you don’t need to settle for less when it comes to your pearly whites. There are a variety of cosmetic options out there that can help you achieve a smile that you’re proud to show off. However, many patients are hesitant to commit to treatment because they are worried that their treatment will be painful. Here’s what you should know!
Will Cosmetic Dentistry Hurt?
Many people are apprehensive when going to the dentist, even for cosmetic treatment, due to their fear of experiencing pain. The good news is that your dental team will do everything in their power to give you the most comfortable experience possible regardless of the treatment that you’re undergoing. Plenty of cosmetic treatments are non-invasive, and for others, anesthetics are used to ensure that you don’t feel any discomfort throughout the duration of your treatment. If there is anything that your dental team can do to make you feel more comfortable, just ask!
Which Cosmetic Dental Treatments Are Available?
Some of the most popular cosmetic treatments out there involve little to no discomfort at all! Here are a few of them:
- Cosmetic Bonding – Direct bonding involves using a composite resin to correct chips, gaps, stains, and small cracks. Usually, this procedure is completely painless and doesn’t require the use of a local anesthetic. It is completed in just one appointment.
- Teeth Whitening – Professional teeth whitening is entirely customized, so you can expect to have a comfortable experience. Some patients experience mild sensitivity afterward, but this generally subsides after a short period of time. If you are prone to tooth sensitivity, let your dentist know.
- Veneers – It usually takes two appointments for veneers to be placed. During your first visit, your dentist will prepare your teeth by filing down a minimal portion of your enamel to ensure that the veneers lay flat against the line of your smile. During this time, you will likely receive a local anesthetic to numb the area. Once your teeth have been prepped, impressions are taken and sent to a dental lab. During your next visit, your permanent veneers will be placed. You may experience some soreness and sensitivity afterward, but this should be mild and temporary.
Don’t let fear get in the way of achieving your smile goals. Your dental team will do everything in their power to ensure that you have a pleasant, pain-free experience!
About the Author
Dr. Keith Lisonbee earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and is committed to continuing education to keep his knowledge and skill sharp. Currently, he is a proud member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, the Florida Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. For more information on your cosmetic options, or to schedule a consultation at his office in Pensacola, visit his website or call (850) 477-1120.