FAQs for Gorman Dental Encino, CA

Would I be a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry?

Anyone can have cosmetic dental work done if their mouth is in a good state of oral health. A comprehensive examination will tell Dr. Gorman what steps need to be taken to prepare your mouth for dental work. Concerns may include gum problems, decay, or jaw alignment abnormalities. Once these problems are corrected, Dr. Gorman can create your new smile and feel confident that with proper care, it will last a lifetime.

How long does it take to achieve a gorgeous smile?

Treatment time will depend upon the procedures you want. For instance, Zoom! Whitening takes about an hour in our office. Placing veneers normally requires two appointments. Complex restorative work may be done in phases, over weeks or months. We will let you know the time frame, financial information, and clinical procedure associated with your treatment plan so that you can make a truly informed decision about your dental care.

Wouldn’t whitening be sufficient to give me the attractive look I desire?

If you have a straight, shapely, beautiful smile, free from damage and wear, teeth whitening may be all you need to freshen up your appearance. Most patients, however, want to reshape their front teeth, repair cracks, chips, or missing teeth, and whiten existing dentition for a spectacular smile makeover. Cosmetic dentist Dr. Gorman will discuss your smile goals and let you know the best way to achieve them.

What are myofunctional disorders and how are they corrected?

An oral myofunctional disorder includes a variety of habit patterns, postures and functional activities that open the dental bite beyond a normal resting or functional range. Thumb and finger sucking; a mouth-open posture with lips apart; a forward rest posture of the tongue; and thrusting of the tongue during speaking and swallowing characterize myofunctional disorders. Such disorders can lead to a disruption of normal dental development in children and over-eruption of selected teeth in adults. The consequence of postural and functional variations involving the lips and tongue are associated with dental malocclusion, cosmetic problems, and even abnormal changes in jaw growth in some patients.

Orofacial myofunctional clinicians are trained to identify and successfully treat the variety of myofunctional disorders. Myofunctional therapy can be basically described as rest posture therapy. Specific treatments involve establishing and stabilizing normal rest postures for tongue and lips, eliminating habit patterns, and correcting swallowing patterns when tongue thrusting is involved. Improvements in appearance are observed during and following therapy.

Myofunctional therapy often restores normal processes of dental eruption. It can also aid in the retention process following orthodontic treatment. In addition, therapy that is coordinated with dental or orthodontic treatment helps to enhance and maintain dental health for a lifetime of benefits.

How does myofunctional therapy differ from dental or orthodontic treatment?

Dental evaluations and treatments focus primarily on providing health and stability of teeth in occlusion, or contact. By contrast, myofunctional therapy is concerned with orofacial functional patterns and postures when teeth are apart, which they are for over 95% of each day and night.

I have seen crowns that look fake. Can you make my crowns look natural?

We work with most talented, experienced ceramists for all restorations and prosthetics. Our dental labs use materials that reflect light naturally, wear like natural enamel, and feel like natural dentition. When sub-par materials are used to craft dental work, the result is a white, fake-looking restoration. Rest assured, Dr. Gorman believes that a successful smile looks and feels natural and functions at peak performance.

What are my payment options?

We accept cash, check, or credit card. Some patients prefer to finance their dental work through CareCredit.

Do you accept insurance?

The basic fact is, the insurance companies, as we all know, want to take care of you at the lowest cost possible, not really the best service or option available for you & we feel that your insurance should never dictate the quality or timing of your treatment.

From a ton of research, and constant surveying of dentists, most dental insurances have a maximum benefit of anywhere from $800 to $2,300 dollars. This can obviously, usually cover some of your expenses. However, most of the cosmetic dentistry is considered not mandatory, and therefore not covered by insurance.

If you have extensive or long term dental care, our office offers financial assistance through CareCredit.

I really do not like visiting the dentist, is there anything you can do to help me relax?

Dr. Gorman is noted for his gentle touch and our team goes to great lengths to make your visit relaxed. Still, many people are jittery about coming to see us. Some will even put off an appointment (exposing themselves to more serious dental problems) rather than see a dentist.

If you have had a past traumatic dental experience, difficulty becoming numb, a bad gag reflex, very sensitive teeth, or complex dental problems, we can offer sedation dentistry. For this service, we request that a companion accompany you to the office.

Can you tell me more about crowns, onlays, inlays, veneers, and fillings?

To restore teeth many factors must be considered. Including:

  • The strength needed to properly restore the tooth in order to withstand the forces of your bite.
  • How long the patient desires the treatment to last i.e. a short term fix vs. a long term solution.
  • The esthetics (how good does the patient want it to look).

We can apply all porcelain, porcelain over gold, or all gold that will protect the tooth and restore it to proper form and function. For large decayed or damaged surface areas, we can apply a protective covering, or onlay, adding strength and preventing decay. If you need fillings, we can use porcelain inlays to strengthen the tooth. And we can restore front teeth to natural shapes by applying paper-thin porcelain veneers.

All of these procedures can change the look of your smile. At your next appointment, Dr. Gorman will be happy to explain any of them to you. While you’re there, you can also watch an interactive video or computer program that explains these techniques in a way that is easy to understand.

What makes you different than any other dental practice I can visit?

  • We can sum up the difference in one word—commitment. We are committed to our patients. We strive to provide each one with the highest quality dental care experience possible, exceeding their expectations.
  • Dr. Gorman deals with the cause not only the symptoms.
  • We strive to contribute to our community by keeping our patients needs and optimum care our first concern. Our team attends hundreds of hours of continuing education annually to improve ourselves and our knowledge. We are committed to excelling in the latest procedures and technology to provide you with the very best care available today. We use the finest materials and master lab technicians to provide quality results we would be proud to provide to our own families.

We guarantee our work!