Sensational Smiles
6301 S. Minnesota Ave. Sioux Falls, SD 57108
(605) 610-2829

FAQs on Cosmetic Dental Treatment

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When it comes to your oral health, your questions are vital. Fortunately, our team of cosmetic dental experts has all the answers you need! Read through some of our patients’ most frequently asked questions and the answers. If you don’t see your question on here, please give us a call. We are always eager to provide you with the information you need.

How long will my crowns/veneers last?

Your crowns should last anywhere from 5-8 years. However, with good oral hygiene and supervision, most crowns will last for a much longer period of time. Some damaging habits like grinding your teeth, chewing ice or fingernail biting may cause this period of time to decrease significantly.

How long do my teeth stay white after bleaching?

Typically, tooth bleaching can last anywhere from 1-5 years. The original cause of the stains and whether or not you discontinue those actions or behaviors determines how long your teeth will stay white.

Does bleaching hurt my teeth?

Although the process of whitening can cause sensitivity, it does not cause damage to teeth, dental restorations or gum tissue when done correctly. That’s why Sensational Smiles’ team carefully monitors your teeth whitening process.

How fast will my teeth whiten with bleach? Are the trays faster than Crest Strips?

Typically results can be seen in 1-3 weeks. The custom made trays provide quicker results because more bleach gets to more areas and the teeth bleach more evenly. Crest Strips are an acceptable alternative and do not require you to have us make an impression of your teeth.

White composite vs. silver filling…what difference does it make?

White/composite fillings are superior to silver fillings in several ways. First, a composite filling allows us to remove less tooth structure because the composite material bonds to the tooth. Silver fillings must be wedged into place. Second, a white/composite fillings bond and seal tooth structure thus decreasing the risk of breaking tooth structure in the future. Finally, white/composite fillings are tooth colored and prevent the dark/grey look associated with sliver fillings.

If I have a crown done, do I have to have a root canal done also?

No, only about 15 percent of teeth that have crowns completed will need root canals. The need for a root canal is related to the total trauma that the tooth has experienced over time. It is true that if a tooth has a root canal done on it, then you most often will want to have a crown completed to protect your tooth from splitting.

What is the difference between buying the Crest Strips in the store vs. buying from my dentist?

Dentists can sell higher percentage of bleach than the store. The higher percentage of bleach produces better and quicker results.

Can anyone choose Invisalign rather than regular orthodontics?

Invisalign has programs for teenagers and adults alike. Because every patient’s need is different, talk to your Sensational Smiles dentist to set up a complete evaluation to determine what would work best in your situation.

What is the difference in functionality between traditional braces and Invisalign?

Traditional Braces move the tooth and root. More commonly traditional braces are used by teenagers needing a substantial adjustment to their smiles’ alignment. Relapse is less likely with traditional braces because the root itself has been moved (if retainer is worn). Invisalign on the other hand does not move the root, rather tilts the crown of the tooth. Invisalign is ideal for individuals whose smiles needs slight to moderate alignment and is often used by adults as it is discrete.

What is the advantage of Invisalign compared to traditional orthodontics?

Probably the biggest advantage is you can brush and floss your teeth normally, unlike traditional braces. This helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease. With Invisalign you can eat what you want because the Alingers are removable.

The other big advantage is the fact it is Invisible!

Does Traditional Orthodontics take longer than Invisalign?

Each case is different. Invisalign can be a shorter treatment option, but generally the two treatments span about the same amount of time.

Does Invisalign cost more than traditional braces?

Your financial investment is about the same for either Invisalign or traditional braces.

Why are straight teeth important?

Properly positioned teeth are easier to brush and floss. Therefore with consistent good oral hygiene the chance of having plaque retention, tooth decay and periodontal disease can be reduced when teeth are straight.

Dr. Swingdorf took the time to show me the pictures of my teeth and his recommended treatment plan - Dawn K.