Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs At Nashoba Valley Dental

Did you know that about 25% of American adults are unhappy with their smile? At Nashoba Valley Dental, we’re here to answer all of your questions about cosmetic dentistry Dr. Annesse has years of experience improving patients’ smiles with cosmetic treatments like veneers, teeth whitening, and bonding. Here are a few frequently asked questions we

Did you know that about 25% of American adults are unhappy with their smile? At Nashoba Valley Dental, we’re here to answer all of your questions about cosmetic dentistry Dr. Annesse has years of experience improving patients’ smiles with cosmetic treatments like veneers, teeth whitening, and bonding. Here are a few frequently asked questions we hear during cosmetic consultations:

1. Are veneers permanent?

2. What are the side effects of teeth whitening?

3. How long does teeth whitening last?

4. Does bonding and contouring hurt?

5. What are the benefits of Juvederm and Botox?

6. Can I get Invisalign even with a dental crown?

7. What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

8. What Is the Most Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Surgery?

9. When Should You Consider Cosmetic Dentistry?

Are Veneers Permanent?

Yes. Veneers are a permanent, non-reversible cosmetic treatment. The reason that they are not reversible is because a small amount of enamel must be trimmed away from each tooth before veneers can be placed. Enamel is removed to ensure that your veneers will fit perfectly onto your teeth and look completely natural. Veneers usually last 10-15+ years, so they will keep your smile looking great for years to come!

Does Teeth Whitening Have Any Side Effects?

At our office, we use Zoom! teeth whitening. When administered by a professional, side effects are very rare. Dr. Annese will choose the proper concentration of whitening compound for your teeth and ensure that your gums are protected during treatment.

The only common side effect of teeth whitening is tooth sensitivity, which may last several days or up to a week after treatment. If your teeth are very sensitive after whitening, brushing with a gentle toothpaste like Sensodyne will help until the sensitivity subsides.

How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

This depends on how well you care for your teeth after treatment. The average time is between 1-3 years. Teeth will remain white if you take steps to protect your enamel, such as making sure you rinse after consuming dark-colored foods and beverages, ceasing smoking, and brushing regularly. It’s also important to come in for six-month checkups and cleanings to make sure your teeth stay bright and beautiful.

Does Bonding & Contouring Hurt?

No! In fact, most patients do not even need to be numbed during the bonding process, which is completely non-invasive. Contouring, which involves gently buffing away a small amount of surface enamel to straighten your teeth, is also completely pain-free. This means that dental bonding and contouring is a great option if you would like to improve the appearance of your smile without invasive treatment or surgery.

Why Should I Get Juvederm Or Botox At Nashoba Valley Dental?

If you typically see an esthetician for treatments like Botox and Juvederm, you may want to consider the benefits of getting these treatments from a dentist in McAllen, such as Dr. Annese. By combining Botox and Juvederm treatments with your regular six-month dental appointments, this means that you’ll save a trip to another office. Since these treatments are recommended every six months, they can be perfectly planned with biannual dental visits. In addition, dentists like Dr. Matthew Annese are experts in facial anatomy, allowing them to deliver better overall results with these cosmetic treatments.

Can I Have Invisalign Even If I Have A Dental Crown?

In most cases, yes. Dental crowns are not usually a big factor in determining if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign. However, a crown can sometimes interfere with the placement of “attachments,” which are small composites used to help move your teeth during Invisalign treatment. These can be harder to bond onto crowns, compared to your natural tooth enamel. To get more details and see if you’re a good candidate, come to Nashoba Valley Dental for a consultation!


At our office, Dr. Annese offers a full suite of cosmetic dentistry services. If you have more questions or you are wondering which cosmetic treatment may be right for you, contact us now at (978) 425-9088 or stop by our office at 228 Great Road, Shirley, MA 01464.

What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry, as the name implies, entails improving the appearance of patients’ teeth and gums for enhanced visual appeal. This branch of dentistry encompasses oral care, treatment, and surgical procedures that improve patients’ smiles. 

Cosmetic dentistry is different from regular dentistry.  While the former primarily focuses on improving aesthetics, the latter centers on general care and ensuring the health and structural integrity of teeth. Sometimes the two branches cross paths in cases where prosthetics also boost the functionality of teeth, as is the case with dental implants.

Cosmetic dentists, like Dr. Matthew Annese, have undergone years of training and education on enhancing dental aesthetics, particularly color, shape, position, and alignment. They handle various cosmetic treatments from simple application procedures to complicated jaw surgeries. Some cosmetic dental procedures include dental bonding, veneers, dental crowns, dentures, teeth whitening, and teeth contouring.

What Is the Most Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Surgery?

Cosmetic dentistry is a booming industry in the country, worth an estimated $5.6 billion as of 2023. Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the country. That’s because people with discolored teeth are typically self-conscious about their smiles, and most people  associate white teeth with attractiveness. Moreover,  teeth whitening is one of the most affordable cosmetic dental procedures.

Teeth whitening is the lightening of stained or discolored teeth. It can be achieved by either physically removing the stain or using chemical reactions to eliminate stains and pigments. Several types of teeth whitening exist, but professional teeth whitening is the most effective one. 

This procedure involves applying a bleaching agent to the stained teeth before exposing them to blue light to activate the bleaching agent. The dentist does this repeatedly until the teeth turn a perfect white. The procedure usually takes one visit, but patients with severe teeth discoloration may require two or more sessions. Teeth whitening isn't permanent and only lasts a few months or years.

When Should You Consider Cosmetic Dentistry?

You should consider cosmetic dentistry if you have stained or discolored teeth from dental decay, tobacco smoking, or drinking pigmented drinks. You should also get cosmetic dentistry if you have chipped or fractured teeth.

Cosmetic dentistry is also excellent for people with misaligned teeth and bite complications. The dentist can help realign your teeth with appropriate orthodontics for a perfect set. You may also need cosmetic work if you have large gaps between your teeth. Dentists use dental bonding to reduce these awkward gaps between teeth.

People with misshapen teeth are also candidates for cosmetic dentistry. The dentist will use dental cement to mold the misshapen teeth to the required shape so they can blend with the rest. You could also get cosmetic dental work if you have blackened gums to revert them back to their pink color. All cosmetic dental procedures are safe and most are administered under anesthetic to eliminate pain.

Ready to Schedule an Appointment?

Contact us Today!

Book Now


Our office

@ Nashoba Valley Dental 2020

Website by  Wonderist Agency  |  Privacy Policy