We are all impacted by the appearance of our smile. In recent years, more people have become aware of this and have turned to cosmetic dentistry treatments to create, preserve, or restore beauty to their teeth. We are pleased to offer cosmetic services to patients of our Brunswick dental office.
What Is Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry is an area of practice that extends beyond the focal point of oral health. Once we know that your teeth are healthy and in good structural condition, we can address concerns related to appearance. The purpose of cosmetic dental services is to enhance the aesthetic value of a tooth or teeth by modifying color, shape, and other characteristics that may be problematic.
Am I a Candidate for Cosmetic Dentistry?
Most adults are excellent candidates for cosmetic dentistry treatments. Before conducting any procedure to improve the look of the smile, we perform a thorough examination of the teeth and gums. Our objective is to prolong the results of aesthetic treatments by assuring that teeth are healthy and free of structural damage and cavities.
Although most cosmetic treatments focus on teeth, it is necessary to confirm optimal gum health before cosmetic dental treatment begins. This is because the bacteria that are present in gum disease can create unnecessary irritation in the soft tissue around teeth. These microorganisms also increase the risk of cavities and other dental infection.
Finally, patients who are the most satisfied with cosmetic dental treatments are those who have realistic expectations of what is possible. Cosmetic procedures are intended for aesthetic improvement but will not alter the overall appearance of the face. They are also performed to achieve the most natural-looking results based on facial complexion and shape.
The widespread demand for radiant smiles has caused a revolution both in dentistry and in commercial manufacturing. Initially, teeth whitening, or teeth bleaching, was conducted only in the dental office. More recently, several companies have developed products that can be used at home without a dental visit or supervision by a dentist. There is minimal merit to commercial whiteners like strips and “painted on” solutions. If you want better results in less time, visit your dentist for professional teeth whitening.
When teeth whitening is performed or prescribed by a dentist, results begin to develop within the first few home treatments. In-office whitening achieves dramatic results in about an hour. This is because the concentration of peroxide in whitening gel is higher and the trays used to apply whitening gel are fitted to the teeth, so bleach concentrates on stained enamel.
Porcelain veneer treatment is one of the most versatile cosmetic enhancements to be developed. Treatment involves creating customized jackets for the front surface of a tooth or teeth. Veneers are made in a dental lab from durable dental porcelain. Wafer-thin sheaths of porcelain look like a second skin for a tooth, shaped and sized and colored perfectly to achieve the desired outcome. When bonded to the tooth, the veneer can cover a chip, stain, crack, gap, or other problem.
Tooth-colored fillings, dental bonding, and porcelain restorations are considered restorative in nature, but ride the line of cosmetic dentistry because these treatments support the natural appearance of the smile.
Cosmetic Dentistry Costs
Cosmetic dentistry costs vary widely depending on the extent of care that is necessary to achieve the desired results. Our services begin with a thorough consultation and discussion of what the patient would like to accomplish. If multiple procedures are included in the treatment plan, we can schedule accordingly to spread costs out over time.
Does Insurance Cover Cosmetic Dentistry?
If the overall treatment plan involves restorative treatments, insurance may cover a portion of care. Cosmetic procedures, however, are usually not included within insurance benefits. However, patients are encouraged to contact their dental insurance company for full details of coverage.
Cosmetic Treatment Results
The results of cosmetic dentistry include a brighter, younger-looking smile. Porcelain veneers can makeover a smile that has degraded due to chips and other damage. Covering the front surface of a tooth, a veneer can even make that tooth appear straight or sized correctly in relation to surrounding teeth. But these are mere details. Ultimately, cosmetic dentistry can boost your sense of confidence in your personal image.
Schedule a Consultation
Interested in getting your teeth whitened or improving your smile with porcelain veneers? Learn more about our cosmetic dental treatments today by calling us at 207-729-1159.