Cosmetic Dentistry Q & A
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is the area of dentistry that’s focused on improving the way the teeth and smile appear. Studies show having an attractive smile can have a significant effect on self-confidence and self-esteem and even on success at work and socially.
What treatments and procedures are considered cosmetic?
Many treatments and procedures can be considered cosmetic, including:
- professional teeth whitening
- dental crowns
- cosmetic bonding
- inlays and onlays
- Invisalign® orthodontics
- tooth-colored (white) fillings
- dental implants
Some treatments offer a preventive or restorative benefits in addition to aesthetic improvement.
What if I have several issues that need to be corrected?
Patients with multiple cosmetic concerns often benefit from a smile makeover, a comprehensive plan of care that involves multiple treatments performed in a specific sequence to achieve optimal results. Smile makeovers are customized to help every patient address their specific concerns so they can feel confident in their new, more attractive smile.
How can I tell which treatments will work for me?
During the consultation appointment, a thorough evaluation of the teeth and smile will help determine which treatments are most appropriate. Many patients make a list of concerns prior to their visit to provide their dentist with a better idea of their concerns and their goals.
Can cosmetic treatments improve the health of my teeth and gums?
Yes, many cosmetic treatments can improve oral health by restoring damaged teeth or closing gaps, making it easier to care for teeth and gums while eliminating crevices where bacteria can hide. Replacing missing teeth or straightening crooked teeth not only improves the way your smile looks, but also helps maintain or achieve optimal bite mechanics to prevent tooth grinding, surface damage, decay and jaw pain.
Are cosmetic dentistry treatments covered by insurance?
Coverage can vary significantly based on the specific insurance plan. Often, insurance plans provide at least partial coverage for treatments that are preventive or restorative in addition to being cosmetic, such as white fillings or treatments to replace missing teeth. Other treatments that are purely cosmetic may not be covered. Our office staff can help determine coverage for specific procedures and provide information about financing options to help make the cost of care more affordable.