Many patients come to us with questions regarding the nature, safety and efficiency of cosmetic dentistry, which is why we have provided a list of cosmetic dentistry frequently asked questions for your convenience. To learn more about cosmetic dentistry in Hutchinson, Kansas, we invite you to explore the answers to the following questions:

What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is a branch of dentistry that focuses on enhancing the appearance of your smile through a variety of safe and effective procedures. With the help of cosmetic dentistry, your smile can look and feel completely natural.

What are my options for teeth whitening?
When it comes to teeth whitening methods, you can choose between over-the-counter products and professional teeth whitening treatment. If you prefer commercial teeth whitening, please select products that bear the ADA® Seal of Acceptance. For patients who prefer professional teeth whitening, Hutchinson Family Dental is happy to recommend Opalescence®.

Are there side effects to teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is a very safe procedure when achieved through an ADA-approved product. However, some patients experience mild side effects such as tooth sensitivity, gum irritation and white spots on the teeth. If you notice any of these signs after using a teeth whitening product, contact Hutchinson Family Dental to reverse these effects.

How long will my cosmetic treatment take?
Cosmetic treatment times vary depending on the nature of the procedure. Some can be accomplished in a single visit while others make take a few weeks or even months. To learn more about the time frame of a particular treatment, please contact our office to speak with Dr. Jay Stucky.

What is the difference between a dental implant and a dental bridge or crown?
A dental implant replaces both the root and crown of a tooth, while a dental bridge or crown replaces only what is visible above the gumline. Dr. Jay Stucky will discuss with you which method your smile may require to look and feel natural.

Does my insurance cover cosmetic dental care?
Individual insurance coverage varies. Our dentist and team are happy to work with you and your insurance provider to find treatments that fit your financial situation. You can know the cost of each treatment upfront to help you plan your expenses accordingly.

How can dental bonding improve my smile?
Dental bonding improves both the appearance and function of your smile by covering discoloration and stains and filling chips in the teeth.

Am I a candidate for dental veneers?
Dental veneers are designed to mask discoloration, chips and cracks, but they cannot replace actual teeth. Dental veneers require a healthy amount of tooth surface in order to properly attach to your smile. If your natural tooth is too damaged or deteriorated to support a dental veneer, Dr. Jay Stucky may recommend a dental crown instead.

If you have a question regarding a specific cosmetic treatment that has not been addressed in this list or any of our other webpages, feel free to contact Hutchinson Family Dental at 620-663-9119 to consult with our dentist, Dr. Jay Stucky. We are more than happy to help you find answers to your questions!