Cosmetic Dental FAQs

At Nova Dental, we provide cosmetic dental services that improve the look and feel of the natural smile. Cosmetic dentistry addresses the aesthetics of teeth and can create healthier and happier smiles. Here you can discover more about our dentists’ cosmetic dental care in our Gaithersburg, MD dental office.

Cosmetic Dental Q&A in Gaithersburg, Maryland

Q&A: Cosmetic Dental Care in Gaithersburg, MD

Read answers to popular questions many patients have about cosmetic dentistry: 

Do I need a retainer after Invisalign and SureSmile treatment?

Yes, we recommend that patients wear a retainer after they complete their orthodontic treatment. Retainers keep the teeth straight and prevent teeth from shifting back into a crooked position. Patients who do not wear their retainers can experience changes in their smiles.

How long do tooth bonding and dental veneers last?

A dental bonding treatment can last over ten years, while porcelain veneers can last over 15 years. Although tooth bonding treatment is not permanent, it’s a great way to address more minor cosmetic problems. Alternatively, dental veneers may be more costly upfront but last longer.

Can you still get cavities behind your porcelain veneers?

Most of the time, patients who receive dental veneers will not experience decay on their natural teeth. Patients will only develop cavities if they do not care for their oral health or have loose veneers. Before treatment, we always ensure that patients are in good oral health. Please contact our office if you have injured a cosmetic restoration or notice changes in your veneers.

Why do I have tooth stains?

Most of the time, foods, beverages, and tobacco products produce tooth stains. Chromogens are pigments in some foods and drinks that essentially dye or stain the tooth enamel. Even regular brushing and flossing may not remove these stains. In addition, cigarettes, vapes, and other products that contain tobacco can yellow or stain the enamel.

How often do I change SureSmile aligners?

Like Invisalign, patients will swap out their SureSmile aligners every two weeks. Invisalign and SureSmile treatments follow similar treatment plans.

Do clear aligners damage teeth?

No, if patients care for their aligners and wear them properly, they should not damage their natural teeth. Patients may feel soreness as they get used to each new set of aligners. However, this does not damage teeth. 

Do you need cosmetic dental care? Schedule a dental appointment with our dental team online. You can also call Nova Dental for treatment today at (240) 226-1482.

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