Cosmetic dental care encompasses a variety of dental treatments that improve the appearance of your teeth and overall smile. Patients feel more confident and comfortable in their skin when they're proud of their smiles. Whether you would like to improve discoloration, replace missing teeth, or alter the shape and size of your teeth entirely, we can help you achieve the aesthetic you've always dreamed of. Schedule an appointment today at West Allen Dental.
Dental bonding is a cheaper alternative to veneers but does not last as long.
A take-home whitening treatment is an option to whiten your teeth from home rather than the dentist performing it in the dental chair. This whitening treatment doesn’t involve UV light. Instead, you’ll wear custom-fit whitening trays that are created from impressions of your teeth. This is a good option for those with tooth sensitivity or little time.
After taking impressions of your teeth, it will take a few weeks for your trays to be ready. Once we receive them, you’ll pick them up along with detailed instructions on how to apply the whitening gel and how long to wear the trays. By wearing your trays each day for 2 weeks, your teeth will gradually become whiter.
If you need a quick whitening boost and a drastic transformation, then there’s no substitute for in-office teeth whitening. After protecting your gums and soft tissue with protective gel and a cheek retractor, we’ll apply the whitening agent to your teeth and activate it with UV light.
This appointment will take about an hour to whiten all of the teeth. Once we rinse out the whitening gel, your teeth will be noticeably whiter by up to 10 shades, making it preferable for special occasions. This is sufficient for most people but if you have severe discoloration or staining, you may need follow-up treatments.
Dental bonding, shaping & contouring is the combination of two procedures to alter the appearance of the teeth in shape, size, and/or color. Dental bonding involves bonding composite resin to your teeth to build or change the tooth structure. It can also cover up tooth discoloration and is a more affordable alternative to veneers.
This is a great way to repair minor chips and cracks or to fill in minor gaps between teeth. This is often combined with enameloplasty, also known as shaping & contouring, which involves removing a small amount of enamel from the tooth to achieve the ultimate aesthetic. This may be necessary if some teeth are longer or sharper than others.
Porcelain veneers can completely transform your smile. Porcelain shells are bonded to the front surface of your teeth to cover up dental imperfections such as crooked teeth, gaps, discoloration, or unevenly shaped or sized teeth.
This procedure is irreversible because we need to remove .5 mm of your natural tooth enamel to bond the veneers. You will need to keep your shaved-down teeth covered for the rest of your life to protect them from damage. Veneers last for 7-15 years before needing to be replaced. While veneers are permanent, there is a thinner, reversible version known as Lumineers.
Similar to veneers, Lumineers attach to the front of your tooth to improve its appearance. Lumineers are typically less than half of the thickness of a standard veneer, which is only about as thick as a contact lens. The unique porcelain material used for Lumineers is very thin, yet still durable.
Because of their thin nature, Lumineers can often be placed without removing any of your natural enamel, which allows them to be removed. However, since they are thinner, they are not right for all patients and their needs.
Cosmetic dental care often combines restorative dentistry to repair damaged teeth to achieve a better smile.
Cosmetic dentistry can solve many issues you are facing that relate to the appearance of your teeth. Teeth whitening treatments are used to whiten stained or yellowing teeth and can help you look younger. Misshapen and uneven teeth, or teeth with minor damage can be repaired through bonding shaping and contouring. Dental crowns are occasionally used for cosmetic purposes too. Also, many of these issues can be fixed with veneers or Lumineers. These versatile cosmetic treatments can correct gaps between teeth, severe tooth staining and slightly crooked or crowded teeth.
If your teeth and gums are healthy and you’re free of any major orthodontic issues, you may be a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry.
On the other hand, cosmetic treatment may not be the right fit for you if you struggle with oral health problems like gum disease or cavities, or if you have major issues with the alignment of your teeth or jaw. Restorative care or orthodontic treatment can resolve these problems before you decide to explore cosmetic dental treatment. In many cases, restorative care and orthodontics can give you a healthier and more beautiful smile.
Absolutely! It’s common to have multiple cosmetic dental procedures done at the same time. Dental bonding and enameloplasty, for example, are often done in the same appointment. If you’re looking to find out if you can have multiple cosmetic procedures done at once, ask your dentist for more information.
Unfortunately, it is not common for cosmetic dentistry to be covered by dental insurance. Insurance providers often list cosmetic treatments as elective and unnecessary to the health of your smile. For most cosmetic cases, you will need to pay for treatment out-of-pocket. In some instances, your insurance may cover a small amount of costs for treatments like cosmetic crowns or veneers, but this is not common. If you’re looking for more details on your dental insurance coverage, contact your insurer. Be sure to also contact our practice to see if we can assist you with discounts or payment plans to help you cover treatment.
In just one whitening session, your teeth can be lightened by up to 10 shades.