Frequently Asked Questions
What are veneers?
With proper care and biannual visits to our Grand Rapids location for checkups and professional cleanings, your veneers can last 15 years or longers. To learn more about this and other cosmetic treatments we offer, feel free to contact our office and schedule a consultation by calling (616) 942-9595.
Is teeth whitening bad for your teeth?
With in-office whitening treatments, your treatments will not only be carried out by professionals, but you can expect much faster results than with at-home treatments. That’s because dental offices are allowed to carry bleaching gels that have a much higher concentration than what at-home kits can offer. This means you’ll see dramatic results after just one whitening session, typically lasting about an hour.
How can I improve the longevity of my veneers?
- Avoid foods and beverages that are likely to stain your teeth such as wine, soda, balsamic vinegar, tea, and coffee
- Refrain from biting into hard foods such as apples and carrots
- Don’t use your teeth as tools (for example, using them to open packages)
- Protect your smile with a mouthguard if you play contact sports
- Address teeth grinding issues
What’s the difference between dental implants and dental bridges?
Dental bridges can be removable or fixed and last from five to fifteen years, or even longer with excellent oral care and biannual checkups with Dr. Robson or Dr. Trapp.
Dental implants, on the other hand, require surgery and several appointments to complete the process. The implant consists of a titanium post that replaces your natural tooth root to support a customized porcelain crown, with a small abutment connecting the restoration together.
The recovery process for implants is longer, about three to six months in total. However, the longer treatment pays off over time. With proper oral care and checkups, dental implants can last a lifetime.