5 Questions To Ask Your Dentist About Your Smile Wishes And Concerns

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Do you secretly wish you could correct a smile imperfection? Or are you quietly concerned about an ongoing dental dilemma? If you answered “yes” but have not yet told your dentist—this is for you.

Preparation is one of the simplest and most effective ways you can ensure your dentist understands your dental wishes and concerns. Whether you’re seeking to enhance your smile’s appearance or resolve a bothersome issue, here are 5 empowering questions to help you prepare for your next dental visit and tips on how to start the conversation to get you the happy, healthy smile you want and deserve.

HOW TO TALK TO YOUR DENTIST ABOUT YOUR SMILE

1. WHAT OPTIONS DO I HAVE TO WHITEN AND BRIGHTEN MY TEETH?

Professional teeth whitening is nothing like picking up a box of whitening strips at your local drugstore. While over-the-counter whitening products can offer you relative anonymity and convenience, they can’t replicate the personalized outcomes of professional care. Additionally, depending on your unique situation, your dentist may advise that you steer clear of whitening products in favor of a more effective solution, such as porcelain veneers.

HOW TO START THE CONVERSATION.

I would like to lighten the stains on my front teeth. What would you recommend for me?

One of my teeth is discolored and stands out from the rest. What are my options for making it fit in?

I want to whiten my teeth, but I already have some tooth/gum sensitivity. What would be the best route for me to take? 

2. HOW CAN I CORRECT (FILL IN THE BLANK)?

From genetics to accidents to lifestyle choices, your smile is colored and shaped by life itself. While you can’t change the past or alter your DNA, you can discover your best options for correcting your concerns. Through customized treatments, such as bonding, porcelain veneers, Six-Month Smiles, and Invisalign, your dentist can help you move forward.

HOW TO START THE CONVERSATION.

I have never liked my smile since I chipped my front tooth. What choices do I have to fix it? 

I would like to close the gaps between my teeth. What is the fastest way for me to correct this?

I want to straighten my teeth, but don’t want to wear obvious metal braces. What discreet treatment options are available to me?  

I want to transform my smile’s entire appearance. How can you help me accomplish this?   

3. WHAT IS THE BEST OPTION FOR REPLACING MY MISSING TOOTH (OR MISSING TEETH)?

Missing one or multiple teeth can dramatically impact your oral function and self-esteem. Fortunately, there are many options available to help you reclaim your smile’s health and appearance. To help support the best outcome for you, choose a dentist that is trained and experienced in providing multiple options, including dental implants, dentures, partial dentures, and bridges.

HOW TO START THE CONVERSATION.

I lost my teeth years ago and know I’ve experienced some bone loss. What treatment options do you recommend for patients like me?

I want to replace my missing tooth, but don’t want surgery. How can you help me?

I want a stable tooth-replacement option that allows me to keep eating my favorite foods. What do you suggest for me? 

4. WHY DO MY GUMS BLEED WHEN BRUSHING OR FLOSSING?

While occasional gum bleeding can be normal when changing toothbrushes or brushing techniques, gums that are regularly inflamed or prone to bleeding may be caused by a bigger issue, such as gingivitis or periodontal (gum) disease. Your dentist can help you catch the early warning signs of gum disease and treat issues through periodontal therapy, such as root planing and scaling.

HOW TO START THE CONVERSATION.

I notice that my gums bleed easily when brushing or flossing. Am I brushing or flossing correctly?

I’m concerned about my gum health. How do my gums look today?

I want to prevent gum disease. What can I do to improve my gum health?

5. WHY DOES MY TOOTH HURT?

As tooth pain or sensitivity rarely goes away on its own, a tooth that hurts is no secret to keep from your dentist. Tooth pain can be caused by multiple factors, including weakened enamel, tooth decay, tooth grinding (bruxism), fractures, or damage. The longer your tooth suffers, the longer you suffer. From cavity treatment to nightguards to root canal therapy, your dentist can help identify the source of your suffering and find the right solution to alleviate the pain.

HOW TO START THE CONVERSATION.

My teeth hurt every morning when I wake up. How can I prevent this from happening?

My back tooth is throbbing. What is causing this and how can I fix it?

My teeth feel sensitive when I drink or eat certain foods or beverages. How can I find relief and prevent sensitivity?

Your dentist is the medical partner you can depend on to improve your oral health, function, and beauty. Being honest with your dentist starts with being honest with yourself about your smile wishes and concerns. Jot down your ideal situation, brainstorm your questions, and contact us today to schedule your next appointment.

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