FAQs about Cosmetic Dentistry
What is cosmetic dentistry, and how is it different from general dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry simply involves electing to have dental work completed because you seek a change in the esthetic appearance of your smile. Cosmetic dentistry provides the opportunity to benefit from both the art and the science of dentistry to give you a healthy, esthetic, flawless smile.
While general dentistry is aimed at preserving and maintaining the health of your teeth and gums, cosmetic dentistry offers elective treatment options that improve and preserve the way your smile looks and feels.
Common cosmetic treatments include:
- Teeth whitening
- Contouring/tooth reshaping
- Dental implants
- Orthodontics (braces)
- Tooth-colored fillings
- Smile makeovers
Should I see a cosmetic dentist?
Dentists are trained to provide a variety of treatments that are designed to enhance your smile safely and effectively. Cosmetic dentistry is not a speciality. Other than tooth whitening the cosmetic treatments listed above are all treatments used to treat dental disease. If you are unhappy or self-conscious about your smile, we can help you achieve the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. We believe all dentistry should be cosmetically pleasing.
How long will each cosmetic treatment take?
Just as every smile we treat is unique, so are the treatments we provide. While cosmetic treatment times may vary, some treatments are completed within one office visit.
Will my insurance cover cosmetic dental care?
Insurance coverage is typically limited to treatment for dental disease. You may not realize that your cosmetic treatment is actually treating dental disease and therefore might be eligible for insurance coverage.
Dental insurance and out-of-pocket expenses for cosmetic treatment vary. 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 your treatment costs up front so you can choose the best payment plan for your needs and your budget.
Am I a good candidate for teeth whitening?
Patients who experience the most benefit from having their teeth whitened:
- Are in good dental health
- Maintain good dental practices (i.e., they 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 esthetic purposes
- Are in good physical health
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 during treatment
- White spots on the surface of the teeth (a potential side effect of at-home whitening systems)
- Additional gum sensitivity or irritation caused by night-time whitening trays