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Understanding Aesthetic Procedures

Q: What are my options for replacing my old dark coloured fillings?

A: Old dark fillings can be replaced with white coloured filling material called composite resin. This material is as durable if not more so as the silver fillings that were used years ago and the aesthetics are as natural looking as you can get. However, keep in mind that depending on the size of the old fillings and the possible decay that may be underneath the fillings, other options such as all-porcelain onlays and crowns may be more appropriate. Your dentist will recommend the best possible treatment for your needs.

Q: What are porcelain veneers?

A: Porcelain veneers are thin facings intended for chipped, crooked, misshapen or heavily restored teeth. They are often done for the front 6-8 teeth in both the upper and lower arches. These facings are made entirely of porcelain and are bonded onto the prepared area. They are long lasting and can change an average smile into a stunning smile!

Q: How do I choose the right aesthetic dentist for me?

A: Your smile tells the world around you how you feel about yourself. You want to make sure you are getting quality care in a professional and comfortable environment. You certainly want the best possible results. Choosing a cosmetic dentist is much like choosing a plastic surgeon.

Review many before and after pictures to assess for yourself the type of work the dentist is capable of.
Ask for references of patients who have received this treatment. Their feedback will assist you in determining if the dentist is the right fit for you.
Make sure you have had computer imaging. This will assist you in fully understanding what to expect from the procedure.
Do you know someone who has had a procedure? Get their feedback.
We strongly encourage you to take the time to research your options. If there are any questions you have about Dr. Michael Opler or aesthetic dentistry in general, please contact us today. One of our Client Care Staff will respond as quickly as possible.

Q: What is bonding?

A: Bonding is a procedure whereby teeth that are chipped, broken or misshapen are made to look like new using the tooth coloured filling material much like the materials used for white fillings.

Q: What is the difference between bonding and veneers?

A: Bonding and veneers can achieve similar results to change the look of your teeth. Porcelain veneers, however, are generally longer lasting and have superior results due to the enamel-like characteristics of the porcelain material.

Q: How long does it take to get veneers?

A: Once you make the decision to get veneers you can expect to have your new gorgeous smile within 2 weeks. Veneers can usually be done in 2 appointments 1 week apart; however, the timing will depend on how flexible your schedule is. Mornings and early afternoons are generally available. DVD�s, headphones, massage mats and cable TV are just some of the amenities available for your comfort and can help to pass the time during longer appointments.

Q: Can veneers correct my crooked teeth in place of orthodontic(s)?

A: Yes, in many cases we can achieve the same look you can get with braces. Just think, you can have the perfect smile you�ve always wanted in just 2 weeks, compared to the 2 years or more it would take to have straighter teeth with braces.

Q: Which gives a better result veneers or braces?

A: Both can give an outstanding result; however; with veneers we have the ability to change the colour of your smile to a whiter brighter look.

Q: How many veneers do I need for a new gorgeous smile?

A: Every case is different, depending on a person�s wishes. It is common to do 6-10 veneers on the top and depending on the patient�s smile; 6-10 are often done on the bottom as well.

Q: How long do veneers last?

A: Veneers can last ten plus years but longevity will depend on home care, regular dental hygiene care and diet. If you are prone to grinding or clenching your teeth, you will need to wear a nighttime mouth guard to prevent damaging your veneers.

Q: Will my teeth be more sensitive with veneers?

A: The bonding procedure that we do when placing your veneers helps to ensure that the tooth will not be sensitive following treatment.

Q: How do I maintain my veneers?

A: It is important to maintain your new veneers by consistent home care, as well as regular three-month visits with your dental hygienist.

Q: How do I know if veneers are the right choice for me?

A: Your dentist will do a thorough exam of your teeth in order to determine if you are a good candidate for veneers. Other than that, the decision is a very personal one.

Q: How real do veneers look in comparison to natural teeth?

A: We recommend you talk to some of our patients who have had veneers done at our office. Many of them will tell you that their veneers are so natural looking that even their closest friends and family members couldn�t guess what was different after they had them done. After getting veneers, people will compliment your good looks, they�ll say you look younger, more vibrant, even happier, but they may not be able to tell you why! Veneers are so natural looking; no one will know they aren�t your own beautiful teeth!

Q: Will bleaching harm my teeth?

A: No, bleaching is a safe procedure and will not harm your teeth. Studies have shown there to be no ill effects to the nerves of the teeth. Temporary sensitivity of the teeth during treatment can sometimes occur, but should dissipate once treatment is done.

Q: How white can I go?

A: You can bleach your teeth until you are happy with the results, and most people are able to bleach their teeth to several shades whiter than what they already are. However, a small number of people do not respond to the bleaching process and find the changes to be insignificant. Other alternatives must then be explored.

Q: What is the difference between the bleaching procedure you offer and the ones sold at drugstores?

A: Commercially available tooth whitening systems can now be purchased at your local drugstore. While these products are effective to a certain degree, there are a few limitations to be aware of. Please ask us about what system would work best for you.

Choosing a Cosmetic Dentist

Q: How do I choose the right aesthetic dentist for me?

A: Your smile tells the world around you how you feel about yourself. You want to make sure you are getting quality care in a professional and comfortable environment. You certainly want the best possible results. Choosing a cosmetic dentist is much like choosing a plastic surgeon.

Review many before and after pictures to assess for yourself the type of work the dentist is capable of.
Ask for references of patients who have received this treatment. Their feedback will assist you in determining if the dentist is the right fit for you.
Make sure you have had computer imaging. This will assist you in fully understanding what to expect from the procedure.
Do you know someone who has had a procedure? Get their feedback.
We strongly encourage you to take the time to research your options. If there are any questions you have about Dr. Michael Opler or aesthetic dentistry in general, please contact us today. One of our Client Care Staff will respond as quickly as possible.

Paying for Your Procedure

Q: When do I pay for my procedure?

A: Payment of fees is required in full on the day of your treatment.

Q: What payment methods do you accept?

A: We accept payment by certified cheque, VISA, MasterCard or Interac Direct Debit.

Q: Is this procedure covered by my dental insurance plan?

A: It has been our experience that the majority of aesthetic procedures are not covered under extended benefit plans. However, we would encourage you to investigate this option to confirm this.

Q: What is included in the fee I have been quoted?

A: Your comprehensive fees include:

Cosmetic consultation, computer imaging, aesthetic procedure(s), and post-treatment follow-up.

Q: What are my options for financing?

A: For many of our patients, aesthetic dentistry is made affordable through financing.
Chartered Banks and Trust Companies offer a wide variety of financial products that enable clients to have the procedure right away. Whether it is a personal loan or line of credit, the interest rates and payment plans are often very competitive, making this procedure more accessible and affordable.

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Q: Are you taking new patients?

A: New patients are always welcome. Contact us today to make a new patient appointment and discover a whole new way to experience dentistry! We are proud of the services we provide and appreciate your referrals of family and friends.

Q: Is it going to hurt?

A: Dentistry has come a long way over the years and both dental and hygiene visits are now even more comfortable than ever.

Q: What can I expect at my first visit?

A: At your first visit you will be welcomed by a member of our Client Care Staff who will offer you a beverage while you take a moment to fill out a medical questionnaire. Once you have completed your questionnaire, our Treatment Coordinator will escort you to a private meeting room to take your personal information for our files. This is also your opportunity to ask questions, express concerns and learn about the many dental services provided at Image Dental Studio.

You will then have a full examination by Dr. Michael Opler in order to assess your needs. It is our goal to provide all of our patients with the very best care in a comfortable and casual setting. We are always enhancing our services and welcome suggestions and comments from our clients. We look forward to meeting you and your family at your first visit.

Q: How can I reach you in case of emergency?

A: We are concerned about your oral health 24/7. Dr. Opler carries a pager and may be reached after hours using the phone number provided to you by our treatment staff. We strive to ensure we are available should you have an emergency. In the event that Dr. Opler is out of town, emergency numbers are provided on our answering service.

Q: How often should I have my teeth cleaned?

A: We recommend that you have your teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist at least every six months and every three to four months should you have periodontal disease. Our hygienists are experienced professionals who can recommend the treatment that is best for you.

Q: Where can I park?

A: For your convenience, parking is available to the back of our office. However, should the parking lot be full when you arrive for your appointment, we recommend parking on the street between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. or at the free parking lot just past Centre Street on the west side of Yonge Street. Please see our directional map available on our Web site.

Q: If I have to have freezing, will it hurt and how long will it last?

A: Freezing is no longer a painful procedure. We first apply a topical gel that numbs the gums even before we give freezing to make the experience much more comfortable. Freezing generally lasts between 2 and 5 hours depending on the procedure.

Q: If my insurance isn�t willing to pay, does that mean the treatment isn�t necessary?

A: Our job is to recommend the best treatment for you. Insurance policies vary depending on the package your employer purchased. Insurance policies have general allowances for a great number of employees and do not look at the specific needs of the individual. Denial of coverage does not in anyway reflect the necessity of the treatment, but rather the contract�s limitations on eligible procedures.

Q: Can I still have treatment if I am pregnant?

A: Pregnant women tend to experience swollen and tender gums during pregnancy. This is due to the excess of hormones in the body, so extra attention should be paid to the teeth and gums during this time. We do not recommend x-rays unless absolutely necessary or bleaching your teeth while pregnant. However, the majority of procedures are safe for expecting mothers. It is often recommended that elective procedures be done after the first trimester. Massage mats, gel eye packs, pillows and blankets are available for your added comfort.

Q: What do you have available for anxiety?

A: Many people suffer from anxiety so you are not alone. We offer nitrous oxide for those patients who feel they can benefit from a relaxant during their appointment. The nitrous oxide (laughing gas) does not have a lingering effect so you can drive home right after your appointment. Patients who wish to have nitrous oxide are asked to refrain from eating 2 hours prior to their appointment to avoid upset stomach.

Q: What type of dental floss should I use?

A: There are many dental floss products on the market, but we like to recommend Glide floss as it never shreds and is easy to use. Ask us for a free sample at your next visit!

Q: My son wants to pierce his tongue. Should I be concerned?

A: There are many risks associated with tongue piercing including nerve damage, swelling, infection, bad breath, cracked and broken teeth, gum recession, and impaired speech to name only a few. We strongly recommend that anyone wanting to have their tongue pierced speak to a dental professional and become fully informed before making any decisions.

Q: Does my home water filter remove fluoride from the water?

A: Water filters do not remove fluoride.

Q: Does bottled water contain fluoride?

A: Bottled water does not contain fluoride. Most toothpaste will supply an adequate amount of fluoride.

Q: How often should I brush?

A: We recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice daily, morning and night.

Q: Do whitening toothpastes really work?

A: Whitening toothpastes help to remove plaque and stain, but will not whiten the teeth significantly. There are several whitening products on the market that are much more effective.

Q: Do the whitening products you can buy in the drugstore work?

A: In some cases, yes. Please ask your dentist which whitening product is right for you. There are many factors, which could affect the success of the whitening process.

Q: Are electric toothbrushes better than manual brushes?

A: In most cases, electric brushes are more effective in removing plaque and bacteria. Ask your dentist which one is right for you.
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