Plenty of patients have found cosmetic dentistry to significantly improve their smile and confidence. Taking the time to evaluate your confidence level can help you decide whether cosmetic dental treatment is the right investment for you. If the appearance of your teeth have kept you from smiling, laughing or speaking in front of others, it may be time to consider cosmetic dentistry. With our high-quality treatment options, you can achieve a confident smile that glows from the inside out. Schedule an appointment today at West Allen Dental.
Studies show that having a healthy, beautiful smile boosts both our social and professional success.
Whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home! Take-home whitening kits provide more subtle, gradual results over the course of about a week or so.
We’ll start off by taking impressions of your teeth, using either dental putty or digital images with an intraoral scanner. These impressions will help us create a set of reusable custom whitening trays made just for you.
After the process is complete, we’ll provide you with your custom trays, whitening product and instructions for proper use. Simply follow your dentist’s instructions, and you’ll get professional-grade results right in your own home.
In-office whitening is a treatment process done by your dentist that provides speedy results. After just one round of whitening, your smile can brighten by several shades in about an hour. This treatment is perfect if you want to whiten your teeth for an upcoming special occasion.
To protect your mouth during the treatment, your dentist will apply a special protective gel to your gums, while using retractors to keep your cheeks away from your teeth and the whitening gel. Your dentist will then apply a powerful whitener to your teeth. After an hour, the whitening gel is rinsed away to reveal your bright, white smile. To achieve your desired level of whiteness, this process may be repeated several times over multiple appointments.
Dental bonding uses a special tooth-colored dental resin that is applied directly to your teeth during treatment to match the shade of your smile. By carefully shaping and sculpting the resin, your dentist will correct the shape of your tooth and restore your smile’s overall look and functionality. Each tooth treatment takes only about 30-60 minutes and the process is completely non-invasive.
Shaping & contouring is also called enameloplasty. This cosmetic process is often used alongside bonding. To shape and contour, a thin layer of enamel is removed from uneven, chipped or pointy teeth to make it more appealing.
Veneers are thin, tooth-colored porcelain shells that are attached to the front of teeth to treat small gaps between teeth, severe staining, misshapen or uneven teeth and much more. Durable and long-lasting, veneers can completely transform your smile. Veneers are permanent and cannot be removed, because they require the removal of some of your natural enamel, which is an irreversible process.
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.
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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.