Everything You Need to Know About Cosmetic Dentistry

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Associated Dentists believes your smile is your best asset, and we remain committed to ensuring you’re comfortable flashing your smile wherever life takes you.

That said, not everybody achieves their perfect smile naturally. Some people spend years covering their mouths when they laugh, or avoiding close interactions with loved ones before finally doing something to improve their smile. If you find yourself losing confidence over the appearance of your teeth, you don’t have to hide. We can help you to get a perfect smile.

More than one-third of Americans are unhappy with their smile. Whether you’re dissatisfied with stained, discolored, chipped, broken, misaligned, misshapen or crooked teeth, we have several cosmetic dentistry options available to get you smiling confidently once again.

Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way. Today’s cosmetic dentistry procedures feature advanced dental technology and are painless, affordable, and produce even more natural-looking results than ever before.

Still, a little research goes a long way. Read on to see what cosmetic dentistry solutions are best suited for your smile. We can’t wait to see how an enhanced smile improves your life.

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance of teeth, gums, and/or bite. It primarily focuses on improvement in dental aesthetics, such as color, position, shape, size, alignment, and overall smile appearance.

Popular cosmetic dentistry procedures

Cosmetic dentistry treatments range from simple procedures such as teeth whitening procedures to more complex surgical placement like dental implants. At Associated Dentists we provide a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services, including:

  • One-day Teeth Whitening
  • Bonding & Recontouring
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Invisalign Braces
  • Porcelain Crowns
  • Esthetic Tooth Recontouring
  • Tooth-Colored Fillings
  • Dental Implants

When procedures are more involved, expect two or more appointments to complete your look — perfecting a smile takes time!

Prioritizing oral health over smile appearance

woman smiling outsideIt would be easier if we could just wave a magic wand and grant you a spectacular smile, but cosmetic dentistry procedures don’t do our patients any good if their oral health isn’t up to par.

If you are experiencing issues such as cavities, you will require treatment before a dentist can proceed with a cosmetic dentistry procedure. That’s because cavities not only damage your tooth enamel, they also introduce oral bacteria that can accelerate tooth decay.

Another reason your dentist may delay any cosmetic treatments is because you are receiving orthodontic care, including palatal expansion, orthotropics, myofunctional orthodontics, or traditional braces. Oftentimes, these treatments must be completed to have the correct space and alignment to proceed with cosmetic dentistry plans.

The good news is most oral health issues can be resolved in as little as a few weeks. It’s just another reason to ensure you are getting your dental check-ups every six months.

Whitening teeth before cosmetic dentistry procedures

If you’re interested in porcelain veneers, tooth-colored crowns or bridges, we strongly recommend whitening your teeth before the procedure.

It’s also important to remember that porcelain replacements cannot be whitened after they are placed, so if your back or side teeth are yellow or dull, it will be much more noticeable that you’ve had cosmetic dentistry work done. Our goal is to help keep your smile as natural-looking as possible.

What to know about cosmetic dentistry and insurance

While there are some dental insurance plans with cosmetic benefits, most dental insurance plans do not cover cosmetic dentistry. For example, teeth whitening and veneers are often considered cosmetic procedures.

A dental exam is the best way to determine what procedures may or may not be partially covered by insurance. Even if your insurance plan does not cover cosmetic dental treatments, we have options.

We provide customized financing options, like Care Credit, a 6-12 month interest-free payment plan for treatments, and Dental Membership Plans for individuals and families searching for affordable care.

Cosmetic dentistry — an investment in YOU

Whether you need to fix a single missing tooth or are in need of a total smile makeover, our cosmetic dentistry options are an investment in you and your future.

If you’re interested in learning more about our cosmetic dentistry services, contact Associated Dentists today for a consultation. We’re excited to see where your new smile will take you.