In Collierville and Memphis, Tennessee

Frequently Asked Questions

I feel self-conscious enough about my smile and don’t want people to know I’ve had work done. Will this look natural?
While everyone is unique, and results cannot be completely guaranteed, cosmetic dentistry is a subtle art, and with advanced training in the latest techniques you can achieve the most natural smile possible. Cosmetic dentists know how to adjust the style of your smile to best match your facial proportions, gender, age, complexion, hair color, hair style, and eye color, while complementing your lifestyle and character.

People will notice the change, but usually be unable to pinpoint it. Most often, you will hear questions like: “Have you changed your hair style?”, or “Have you lost weight?” Your friends and coworkers will know something is different – they just won’t know what.

How long does treatment take?
The length of treatment depends on the kind of treatment. Many aesthetic procedures, such as simple bonding and tooth whitening can be completed in a single visit, while more complicated procedures may take multiple visits and possibly several weeks or even months. Dr. van Zyl understands your eagerness to have your new smile and will work hard to complete your treatment in the shortest time possible. For more information, consult the individual procedures pages.

How long will my new smile last?
Again, this depends on the type of treatments you have done. Today’s materials are actually stronger than natural teeth, and are far more resistant to wearing and breakage. All, however, depend on you doing your part. With regular checkups and care, your smile should last for many, many years.

What kind of questions should I ask when looking for a cosmetic dentist?
First, consult our page on Choosing a Cosmetic Dentist. Then remember to ask your doctor about training and commitment to continuing education. Make sure your dentist is practicing at the forefront of dental medicine. Also make sure your dentist considers personal factors in addressing your dental problems. No matter what your concerns, don’t be afraid to ask questions.

I’ve always been afraid of the dentist. Can you help?
LVI teaches dentistry techniques that will make your procedure surprisingly comfortable. By working quickly and using advanced technologies, they are able to get great results with very conservative treatments, minimizing your discomfort and speeding your recovery.

There are also several options such as sedation dentistry or sleep dentistry to help you feel comfortable during your time at the dentist. Often anxieties about the dentist are related to past bad experiences and you will find that with each visit your comfort level increases. Ask your dentist what they can do to make you feel more comfortable with options like sedation dentistry.

Will a new smile change my life?
While we cannot promise any life-altering outcomes, it is not uncommon for patients to be filled with self-confidence, which can make a huge difference in the way people present themselves. They feel more outgoing, and they simply can’t stop smiling!

Will my insurance pay for these procedures?
Unfortunately, most dental insurance will not pay for the cosmetic portion of your treatment, although they will contribute toward some of the procedures. Most cosmetic treatment is considered elective and not covered by insurance. Dr. van Zyl and his staff will do everything possible to maximize your insurance benefit, but depending on your coverage this may not be much. However, dental treatment is something best not put off, and Dr. van Zyl offers many financing options.

Dr. van Zyl has received advanced training at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, and will be able to asses your needs and address your particular problems in great detail during a consultation. Contact us today to set one up!

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