Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs
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Check out these FAQ's, as our dental care team provides thoughtful answers to several common questions and concerns in one place.
Cosmetic dentistry refers to dental work that makes teeth, gums, and/or bite appear more attractive. Its intent is to improve the dental aesthetics in color, position, shape, size, alignment, and the overall look of your smile.
If you're thinking about making changes to your smile, our dental office has a number of ways to help you reach your goals.
If your teeth are discolored, missing, or broken, we can help you get a new smile and a new sense of self-confidence.
- Dental implants can be used to replace one or more missing teeth.
- Tooth-colored fillings are used to stop tooth decay and restore dental health.
- Porcelain veneers are used to cover up small flaws like gaps, fractures, and discoloration.
- Tooth crowns are used to replace the structure of a tooth that has been decayed or broken without putting your root health at risk.
- Dental bridges are another way to replace a missing tooth.
- Full and partial dentures are dental appliances that are used to replace a lot of missing teeth.
- When you get professional teeth whitening, you get rid of stains and discoloration to get a whiter, brighter smile.
If you're interested in cosmetic dentistry, the first step is to meet with our dentist to talk about your needs. Dr. Hopkins will take the time to speak to you about your goals for your smile during a smile evaluation so that he can help you choose the best treatment procedures for you!
Cosmetic dentistry may help you improve your smile, oral health, and life in various ways.
If you have broken or chipped teeth, replacing them with a porcelain crown or veneer will restore the aesthetics you desire, allowing you to smile with confidence once again.
Perhaps you've always had crooked teeth and have discovered that straightening them makes brushing and flossing easier, which improves your dental health. Straightening your teeth and straightening your bite can help safeguard your jaw joints from the pain that crooked teeth can cause.
These are just a few instances of how restorative and aesthetic dentistry work together. It's also worth noting how a healthy grin can make a difference in your life. Having the confidence to reach your personal and professional objectives may be life-changing, and it's one of the benefits of having a beautiful smile.
Our dental office is in the business of making people's lives better through dentistry. Call us now if you would like to learn more about cosmetic and restorative dentistry and what it can do for your smile.
Cosmetic dentistry is considered discretionary by dental insurance companies, although restorative dentistry is medically necessary. As a result, dental insurance treats dental surgeries that are medically necessary differently than procedures that are cosmetic. In most cases, insurance will cover some or all of your restorative operations but not elective procedures. Many cosmetic dentists, on the other hand, use restorative procedures like porcelain crowns, veneers, and dental implants for both restorative and cosmetic reasons. So, what distinguishes a restorative procedure from a cosmetic procedure?
A procedure is considered restorative by dental insurance if:
- It is medically required due to decay or disease of the tooth or gums;
- As a result of an accident or injury;
- Other than aesthetics, it's used to replace missing teeth or change the mechanics of a patient's bite.
A procedure is solely cosmetic or elective if it meets the following criteria:
- The surgery exists exclusively to improve the patient's smile's attractiveness.
- The tooth or tissue beneath it is not damaged, impaired, or decaying.
- It is not medically necessary to maintain or improve the health of the mouth.
If you want to improve your smile, you may be wondering, "Is cosmetic dentistry worth it?"
Most individuals will agree that cosmetic dentistry is well worth the investment because it can address a wide range of dental problems while also boosting a person's self-esteem.
One key benefit is a more appealing appearance. However, the boost in self-esteem is invaluable. You feel unstoppable when you're at ease in your skin!
Have you always wanted your smile and face to look younger and healthier but are too frightened to begin? Or don't know where to start?
We have some exciting news for you! We assist patients of all ages in maintaining and improving their smiles. Give us a call if you'd like to learn more!
If you want to improve the appearance of your smile, our cosmetic dental practice has a number of alternatives to help you accomplish your goals.
Whether you have discolored, missing, or broken teeth, our dentist can help you restore your smile and your confidence.
- Dental implants are used to replace one or more lost teeth.
- Resin, or tooth-colored fillings, are used to eradicate tooth decay and restore dental health.
- Porcelain veneers are used to conceal minor flaws such as gaps, cracks, and discoloration.
- Crowns repair the structure of a decayed or fractured tooth without jeopardizing the root's integrity.
- Another option for restoring a missing tooth is a dental bridge.
- Dentures, both full and partial, are dental prosthetics that are used to replace several missing teeth.
- Teeth whitening by a professional removes stains and discoloration for a whiter, brighter smile.
The first step in considering cosmetic dentistry is to book an appointment to assess your needs with our dentist. During the examination, our dentist will sit down with you and discuss your smile goals so that we can recommend the treatment options that will best meet your needs.
Don't put off learning what's possible for your smile any longer.
Is it possible to correct an overbite with dental veneers? This is a very popular question among people who want to cure their overbite but don't want to correct this flaw surgically.
Is it possible to fix an overbite with dental veneers? Is it possible to correct an overbite with cosmetic dentistry?
If you're having trouble deciding which technique would best repair your overbite, this article will explain what you need to know about overbite and how veneers can assist.
What is an overbite, exactly?
Overbite is a dental problem in which the top set of teeth overlaps the lower set of teeth. This is normally by a 30 to 50 percent margin of error (this margin is what determines if such an overbite is harmful and requires correction).
Vertical and horizontal overbite are the two types of overbite.
The top teeth overlap with the bottom teeth in a vertical overbite, but the upper teeth protrude over the lower teeth in a horizontal overbite.
You should see your dentist as soon as possible if you have an overbite.
This is because an untreated overbite can lead to various issues such as
- severe jaw pain
- worn enamel
- feeding difficulties
- temporomandibular joint disease
- tooth decay
Yes. Dental veneers are permanent. They're made to improve the aesthetics of your smile for the rest of your life. They typically last 10 to 20 years, and if one of your veneers loosens, wears out, or breaks, it will need to be replaced. Additionally, the treatment is irreversible.
Why? Because your natural enamel will need to be trimmed down when you receive veneers. This process cannot be undone. Even though this layer of enamel is extremely thin, it must be covered to safeguard the original tooth.
Your veneers will cover your teeth and establish a solid bond with them, ensuring that they remain strong and healthy. In some circumstances, veneers might actually strengthen your teeth.
If your veneers were removed, the tooth structure underneath would be subject to injury and decay. As a result, veneers are regarded as a long-term solution, leaving you with the perfect smile for a lifetime.
Veneers do more than make your teeth more beautiful. They have the ability to change the shape of your face. Your lips lose suppleness and muscular tone as you get older, making your face less symmetrical. Veneers can make you look younger by maintaining the muscles of your mouth and emphasizing your cheekbones.
Veneers are thin porcelain covers that are bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth. They look like natural teeth and can dramatically improve the appearance of misshapen, damaged, or discolored teeth.
Veneers are durable, comfortable, and look natural. They can last for many years with consistent care before needing to be replaced.
Veneers are created in dental laboratories by qualified specialists. These experts create customized, natural-looking veneers using X-rays and molds from your dentist.
A consultation visit is the first step in getting veneers. Dr. Hopkins will inspect your teeth to determine if veneers are an appropriate treatment choice for you.
Your consultation visit is an excellent chance to discuss your desired outcome with the dentist. You can talk about the shape, size, and color of the veneers you want.
Before placing your veneers, your dentist will file down the surface of your natural teeth to contour them. This process ensures that the veneers look natural and not too big for your mouth.
After your teeth have been filed, cleaned, and polished, your dentist will glue each veneer with dental cement. You will need to visit your dentist three times between the consultation and the final appointment.
Veneers are ideal for people who want to improve the aesthetics of their smile. Veneers may be an excellent option for you if your teeth are chipped, damaged, or discolored.
Veneers can also help those who have had extensive tooth decay or other types of dental disease. Veneers, on the other hand, must be applied on healthy teeth. This means that before your dentist can fit you for veneers, he or she will need to treat any decay.
A veneer can be used to improve the appearance and function of a damaged tooth. This will let you to eat and speak more easily, as well as make your smile appear more natural and attractive.
Yes! We offer a couple of types of sedation.
Nitrous Laughing Gas
Also known as laughing gas, Nitrous is beneficial in calming a patient's anxiety before a procedure. It is a sweet-smelling, non-irritating, colorless gas that you can breathe.
It is used primarily for its anesthetic and analgesic properties. It is a safe and effective gas that is inhaled by the patient. It is the most commonly used sedation technique in dentistry. Learn more about Nitrous Oxide sedation.
There are many advantages to using Nitrous.
- The depth of sedation can be altered at any time to increase or decrease sedation.
- There is no after effect such as a "hangover".
- Inhalation sedation is safe with no side effects on your heart and lungs, etc.
- Inhalation sedation is very effective in minimizing gagging.
- It works rapidly as it reaches the brain within 20 seconds. In as little as 2-3 minutes, its relaxation and pain-killing properties develop.
Are extremely anxious about visiting the dentist? We can administer an oral sedative to relax you before performing any restorative dental procedure. Safe and effective, Oral Sedation allows you to remain awake and aware, but your anxiety will be reduced for any dental procedure.
Oral Sedation can also be combined with a light amount of Nitrous Oxide gas to increase your relaxation.
Advantages to patients include:
- Treatment is completed when you are in a more relaxed mood.
- You will have less difficulty sitting through a lengthy procedure.
- Multiple treatments and full mouth restorations can occur at during the same visit.
- Less discomfort after treatment.
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