COSMETIC DENTISTRY FAQS

WHAT IS COSMETIC DENTISTRY, AND HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM GENERAL DENTISTRY?

Cosmetic dentistry combines both art and science to give you a healthy, aesthetic, flawless smile. While general dentistry is aimed at maintaining the health of your teeth and gums, cosmetic dentistry provides comprehensive treatment options that improve and preserve the way your smile looks and feels.

Common cosmetic treatments include:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Contouring/tooth reshaping
  • Bonding
  • Bridges
  • Veneers
  • Dental implants
  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Smile makeovers
WHY SHOULD I SEE A COSMETIC DENTIST?

A cosmetic dentist is trained to safely and effectively provide a variety of treatments that are designed to enhance your smile. If you have missing teeth, you feel that your teeth are crooked, or you're an adult looking for an alternative to braces, a cosmetic dentist can help you achieve the beautiful smile you've always wanted. For those that choose to receive any of our cosmetic treatment options, they walk out of our dentist office with a smile that builds instant self-confidence. Not only can cosmetic dentistry save you the cost of braces and expensive corrective work, but the quality of our work ensures a smile that is long-lasting and easily repaired.

HOW LONG WILL EACH COSMETIC TREATMENT TAKE?

Just as every smile we treat is unique, so are the treatments we provide. The in-office treatment time and the number of office visits will depend on the type of treatment. With teeth whitening, for example, you will see impressive results in only a single visit. Veneers and bridges may take two visits: one to obtain a mold of your teeth and a second to apply the change. While cosmetic treatment times may vary, some treatments are completed within one office visit.

WILL MY INSURANCE COVER COSMETIC DENTAL CARE?

Insurance coverage and out-of-pocket expenses for cosmetic treatment vary. Some insurances cover cosmetic dentistry as an alternative to orthodontic work, while others do not cover “optional” dental procedures. If you are unsure if your insurance covers teeth whitening, veneers, and other cosmetic options, call your insurance to find out the specifics. Our practice will work with you to provide several different treatment options, and we will coordinate with your insurance provider if coverage is available. You will know all of your treatment costs up-front so that you can choose the best payment plan for your needs and your budget.

AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR TEETH WHITENING?

Not everyone qualifies for cosmetic changes right away. In general, you should be in good physical health to maintain the improved condition of your teeth (i.e., you do not smoke or chew tobacco). Getting the most out of your cosmetic work requires a good bit of effort before and after the treatment. Patients who benefit the most from having their teeth whitened:

  • Are in good dental health (including strong and healthy gums)
  • Maintain good dental health (i.e., brush three times a day, floss, receive regular dental checkups every six months, etc.)
  • May suffer from slightly discolored or yellow teeth
  • Wish to improve the look of their smile for aesthetic purposes
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS WITH TEETH WHITENING?

Teeth whitening is a safe, effective procedure, and does not typically include any negative side effects. Minor side effects may consist of:

  • Increased tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
  • White spots on the surface of the teeth (a potential side effect of at-home whitening systems)
  • Nighttime whitening trays may cause additional gum sensitivity or irritation.
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