FAqs

I DON’T WANT ANYBODY TO KNOW I’VE HAD MY SMILE DONE.  WILL THIS LOOK NATURAL?

  • While every case is unique, Dr. Hay is trained in techniques that help create the most natural smile possible.  Styles for your smile will be determined, taking into account your lifestyle, facial proportions, gender, age, complexion, hair and even eye color.
  • Most often, our patients hear questions like:  “Have you changed your hair style?” or “Have you lost weight?”  Their friends know something is different – they just don’t know what.

HOW QUICKLY WILL I BE ABLE TO COMPLETE MY COSMETIC DENTISTRY TREATMENT?

  • Most aesthetic procedures, from simple bonding to a complete smile makeover, can be completed in as little as one to three visits (but may vary depending on the complexity of each case), keeping you in the office as little as possible. 
  • For example, a smile makeover often involves placing veneers and/or crowns on the top 8-10 teeth. 
  • At the first appointment, you and Dr. Hay would discuss what you want your smile to look like. 
  • At the second appointment, Dr. Hay would carefully prepare your teeth and place the temporaries.  This appointment typically lasts 2-4 hours total. 
  • At the final appointment, your new smile will be placed, polished and adjusted.  Again, the appointment will take around 2-4 hours. 
  • The total time from start to finish?  Less than a month, and sooner if necessary.  Soon you’ll be smiling with confidence!

HOW WILL MY TEMPORARIES LOOK?

  • Often, the difference is so dramatic that you’ll feel like your new smile is already complete.  Although we get compliments on our temporaries all the time, temporaries are just that – temporary.  They are not meant to replace natural teeth.  It is important for you to come to the final restoration appointment when your cosmetic dentist recommends.

HOW LONG WILL MY NEW SMILE LAST?

  • Today’s materials are actually stronger than natural teeth, and are far more resistant to wearing and breakage than your natural teeth.  With regular checkups and care, your smile should last for many, many years.

WHAT KIND OF QUESTIONS SHOULD I ASK WHEN LOOKING FOR A NEW DENTIST?

  • Obviously, training and commitment to continuing education are of paramount importance.  Just like medicine, dentistry changes significantly over the years, and your dentist must keep up.  Also, ask Dr. Hay how they would design your new smile.  What is their protocol, and how will you know if you will like the smile before it becomes final?  Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

I’VE ALWAYS BEEN AFRAID OF THE DENTIST.  HOW CAN I FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE?

  • Dr. Hay is trained in techniques that will make your procedure surprisingly comfortable.  By working quickly and using high technologies, we are able to be very conservative in your treatment, allowing you to heal more quickly.
  • Ask Dr. Hay and his staff what they will do to make you feel more comfortable.

HOW WILL A NEW SMILE CHANGE MY LIFE?

  • It is not uncommon for the patients to cry with joy, hug their dentist, or even kiss them!  Patients tell us they are filled with self-confidence, they feel more outgoing, and they simply can’t stop smiling!
  • Shy patients are often transformed into social butterflies.  Professionals tell us of greater career success.  Older patients look and feel decades younger.  Sounds impossible, but it’s true.  Think about how a new or improved smile would change your life…..

WILL MY INSURANCE PAY FOR THESE PROCEDURES?

  • Unfortunately, most dental insurances have a maximum annual benefit of $1,000 to $2,000 dollars depending on your coverage.  Since insurance companies are in business to make money, they allow only the least expensive possible treatment – not necessarily the treatment that is best for your dental health. 
  • Most cosmetic dentistry treatment is considered elective and not covered by insurance.  Dr. Hay and his staff will do everything possible to maximize your insurance benefit, but be prepared to pay for the treatment.  We do have options that we offer to our patients.

WHAT ARE MY PAYMENT OPTIONS?

  • Dr. Hay takes cash, checks, credit cards, debit cards, and third party financing .  These financing companies allow you to stretch the payments for your new smile out over time, making the payment fit comfortably into your monthly budget.  Ask your dentist how best to accomplish your treatment and financial goals.