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Will it hurt?
There are few issues in our practice that have been the focus of as much emphasis as this one. Today, with advances in equipment and medications, our patients state they are much more comfortable in their treatment. Once we have a treatment plan outlined, your specific questions about discomfort and pain control can easily be answered. Above all don’t put off cosmetic procedures, and certainly not needed dental care, because of past fears of pain. Give us the chance to show you what today’s dentistry offers.

How long will it take?
Each individual patient is a unique case; therefore it is difficult to quote a time schedule. On average, an in house whitening procedure will last about an hour and a half. Bonding cases can be accomplished in a matter of hours in one visit. Other cases that involve bridges and porcelain veneers require us to prepare the teeth on the first visit, after which you will be sent home with customized temporary set of teeth. After your case is returned from our laboratory, we will seat your permanent crowns, veneers or bridges.

How long does teeth ”whitening” last?
The color change should be permanent. The level of whitening you maintain depends on several factors such as your diet and the amount of dark-color drinks you consume. You can maintain the color you desire with proper maintenance.

There’s a big gap between my two front teeth. Can that be changed?
Yes. Bonded veneers can close gaps and help create the smile you desire. Bonded resins generally require one office visit, while porcelain veneering takes two. Bonded veneers, along with good oral hygiene and a healthy lifestyle, are effective ways to enhance a smile. Dr. Harrington can explain the various techniques and help determine which is the best suited to your specific needs.

I know my smile needs some work, but I’m not sure if I can afford to have cosmetic dental work done.

The cost of cosmetic dental work depends on how much work you want done. Like any cosmetic process, costs will increase with the amount of product or services you desire. Dr. Harrington can explain various prices and the best procedure for you. Also, some cosmetic dental options are covered by insurance. Cosmetic dental work is probably not as expensive as you think. Investment in cosmetic dentistry is an investment in you. It can lead to an improved dental appearance and help improve self-esteem and overall confidence.

Most of my teeth are bunched too near the front of my mouth. Is there a way to get rid of that crowded look?
With removable orthodontics, cosmetic contouring, and/or bonding and veneering, teeth can be reshaped and polished for long-lasting results: a stronger, less crowded-looking appearance.

Links
American Academy Of Cosmetic Dentistry
American Dental Association
Academy of General Dentistry
American Academy of Implant Dentistry
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
American Society for Geriatric Dentistry
International Congress of Oral Implantologists

Testimonials

“The staff is so friendly and make me feel welcome. The ladies check on me throughout any procedure to see if I’m ok and they have a great sense of humor. I like how Dr. Harrington tells me what is going on and gives appropriate feedback.” ~Perri T.

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Ashland, VA 23005

804.798.8447
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