Dentistry FAQ

Answered by a Top-Rated Family & Cosmetic Dentist

When it comes to your dental health, you likely have questions about whether you need certain procedures, why they are important, and when the optimum timing is for them to be performed. At Mark Weitzman, D.D.S., we take your oral health seriously and want to ensure that you are completely informed about our services. For this reason, we have developed a list of frequently asked questions which are provided below.

With industry recognitions such as "Top Dentist" in Ventura County and rated "Best of Ventura County," you are in good hands under the care of Dr. Mark Weitzman, a Ventura dentist known for his excellence in family and cosmetic dentistry and world-class service.

I am terrified of going to the dentist. What can I do?
If you are afraid of going to the dentist, you are not alone. Up to 15% of Americans avoid going to the dentist because of fear or anxiety. First, let us know how you feel so we can discuss ways to make you feel more comfortable. There are several strategies to help reduce this anxiety such as numbing treatments, sedatives, and anesthesia.

Is it possible to change the shape of my teeth?
Yes, there are several options available to change the shape of teeth. Some make teeth look longer, while others close spaces between teeth, or repair chipped or cracked teeth. These options include bonding, crowns, veneers, and recontouring. Each option differs in regards to cost, durability, and the best cosmetic approach to resolve a specific problem.

How effective are whitening toothpastes?
Whitening toothpastes can help remove surface stains, but they do not contain bleach. None of the home whitening toothpastes come close to the bleaching effect produced at your dentist's office with chair-side bleaching or power bleaching. A home whitening toothpaste can lighten your tooth's color by one shade, while light-activated whitening conducted at your dentist's office can make your teeth up to eight shades lighter.

When should I replace my toothbrush?
Replace your toothbrush about every 3 to 4 months, or when it begins to show signs of wear and tear such as frayed bristles. If you have been ill, or if anyone has been in your home while sick, ditch your toothbrush. Viruses and bacteria can live on an infected toothbrush for weeks, and continue to cause illness. This applies to all toothbrushes, including electric or power models.

How long do porcelain veneers last?
The lifetime of porcelain veneers is between 7 and 20 years. If veneers come off or chip, they can be repaired or replaced. Also, as time passes the living tooth or gum tissue surrounding the veneers will undergo changes, which may require alterations to the veneers.

Are porcelain veneers susceptive to staining?
No, porcelain veneers do not stain.

What are the benefits of cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry does much more than give you a beautiful smile. The latest techniques and materials not only help you look great, they help you have healthier teeth that function better.

I have diabetes. When should I visit the dentist?
If your blood sugar is not controlled, it may be better to schedule morning appointments when your blood glucose levels are under better control. If you have a dental appointment, be sure to eat and take your medications as directed. Inform your dentist about your health status and keep your mouth in good health.

Schedule your free consultation today!

Call our office today to request a free consultation with Mark Weitzman D.D.S. As a proud member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the California Dental Association, he is the name to trust for all of your pediatric, family, and cosmetic dentistry needs in Ventura County.

Schedule Your Appointment

Get in Touch Today