Dental FAQs, Frequently Asked Questions and Answers


1How can I make my teeth whiter?

As we age, our teeth naturally discolor and must be whitened to restore their original beauty. Most teeth are stained by bad habits. Poor oral hygiene, coffee, smoking and other vices often turn your teeth an unattractive shade of yellow.

The least expensive way to whiten your teeth is to use a whitening toothpaste on a regular basis and to use home whitening treatments every few months. For better quality, longer-lasting whitening results, we recommend several affordable professional teeth whitening treatments. Most teeth whitening procedures can be completed with a one-hour office visit. We also provide follow-up whitening treatments that can be performed at home in between professional treatments.

2How do whitening toothpastes work and how effective are they at whitening teeth?

Whitening toothpastes remove surface stains, giving the appearance of slightly whiter teeth. Most whitening toothpastes require 2-4 weeks of use before you will notice the difference. While whitening toothpastes are generally safe for daily use, excessive use can damage tooth enamel.

Whitening toothpastes are effective at removing light surface stains, however they cannot change the natural color of teeth or reverse discoloration caused by excessive staining or decay.

If you choose to use a whitening toothpaste, please choose a brand that has the seal of the American Dental Association (ADA). For longer-lasting, stronger teeth whitening solutions, ask your dentist for a professional whitening recommendation.

3I'm interested in repairing several damaged teeth and would like to change the shape of some other teeth to give me a more attractive smile. What options are available?

What you need is a smile makeover specialist who will take the time to listen and understand the smile you've been dreaming of. The first step is to repair any damage or decay in your teeth. From there, a smile makeover specialist will work with you to find solutions for an attractive, healthy smile.

Whether you need dental implants, porcelain veneers, crowns, bondings or a complete mouth restoration, the smile makeover professionals at Costa Rica Dental Team can give you the smile you want at a price that will make you smile even more!

4Can you show me what my "new" smile will look like in advance of any work?

Yes. Our advanced suite of imaging software allows us to generate almost exact images of your future smile, so you can choose the smile you want and see the difference a new smile will make for you. We'll take panoramic photos of your existing smile and will make improvements to give you a near perfect smile.

We'll explain the process, step by step, allowing you to understand every detail of your smile transformation. We can even create a replica of your mouth and teeth to show specific repairs or tooth replacements needed to give you the smile you want. We look forward to showing you how great you'll look with your new smile!

5How safe is it to get dental work done in San José?

For nearly 20 years, hundreds of thousands of Americans and Canadians have been coming to Costa Rica for high quality dental work at huge savings over dental pricing in their home countries.

They arrive and are picked up at the airport, taken to world-class hotels and given a level of personal care and attention that brings them back for more. Costa Rica is a beautiful country, recognized for high quality healthcare and a stellar quality of life.