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What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Is cosmetic dentistry a useless and vain industry? Is it a sales gimmick or actually something useful? Compare what you know with some of the facts about cosmetic treatments.

Dentistry – The Multi-Faceted Science

Dentistry has grown to encompass so much more than the classic drill-and-fill. There are now areas of specialty practice that focus on gum care, orthodontics, surgery, endodontics, restorations, prosthodontics, and more. Another area of special concern is the cosmetic field.

Cosmetic dentistry focuses on making changes to the smile that improve its appearance. A cosmetic procedure is not something you have to have done like a filling or crown. Reconstructive procedures are generally important to saving teeth or preserving the structure of your face or retaining healthy bite function. Cosmetic procedures are purely, well, cosmetic. They are something you choose to do just because you want to.

Some examples of cosmetic treatment include:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Gum reshaping and bleaching
  • Dental bonding
  • Dental veneers

Where Can You Find Cosmetic Dental Treatment?

Lots of general dentists provide cosmetic services. But some dentists feature cosmetic work at their practice and invest the majority of their energy into enhancing the appearance of a smile. Your regular dentist can refer you to skilled specialist if you’re interested in a particular procedure.

Cosmetic Dentistry: Worth a Look!

Why choose cosmetic dentistry? Here are some of the benefits:

  • Increases confidence
  • Delivers a more youthful, professional, polished look
  • Conveys to others the message that you respect yourself
  • Makes it easier to keep your smile clean
  • Some restorative benefits as is the case with crowns

Where does cosmetic treatment rank on your list of dental priorities? Visit your local dentist to schedule a smile makeover consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Meridian Campus Family Dental
3201 Willamette DR NE
Lacey, WA 98516
(360) 200-5505


How to Choose the Best Cosmetic Dentist

Are you looking for a new cosmetic dentist? Or are you considering having a smile makeover done? If so then you need to know how to choose the best cosmetic dentist for your smile needs. Here are a few things that you need to consider:


Ask around. Free to talk to friends, neighbors, and colleagues about who they use for their dental treatment. If you know someone that has a beautiful smile, ask them which dentist they see. Having a good reputation as a dentist is extremely important. Some of the best referrals a dentist can get come from people like you asking their friends about their dental care. Plus, you know you can always trust a friend’s opinion when it comes to the quality of care given to them by their dental provider. You will get real life, unfiltered advice.


Does your dentist have extensive experience and a certain type of procedure or training? Some cosmetic dentists may offer a service that they do not perform very often. By choosing a dentist that specializes in cosmetic dentistry, you can achieve better results from your care investment. 

Services Offered

Not every dentist offers the same types of cosmetic dental procedures. Some dentists prefer to do more veneers and whitening. Others like to use braces or porcelain crowns. It’s important to consider what type of options you want to discuss as part of your smile makeover before you choose a dentist. Finding a cosmetic dentist that offers a variety of services can help you customize your treatment to fit your needs the best way, tailoring your treatment plan on a tooth-by-tooth basis.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725


Affording Your Dental Care

Posted in Crowns

Delaying dental treatment doesn’t mean the teeth won’t get any worse. In fact, most conditions become more complicated, expensive, and invasive the longer they are put off. What could be a filling today will become a root canal and dental crown tomorrow. Or worse, a tooth that needs to be extracted.

If you’ve been putting your dental care off because of how much it costs, then it’s time to reconsider. Here are some simple tips to keep in mind when you want to reduce the long-term cumulative amount you spend on dental care:

Use your preventive coverage as much as possible.

It’s not uncommon to have patients with insurance coverage that never see their dentist until there is a problem, and are then upset because of how much it is going to cost to get their mouth healthy again. Taking advantage of bi-annual cleanings, exams, and x-rays can catch things before they happen. 

Ask about financing options.

Most dental offices accept major credit cards, and have some type of financing option such as in-house financing or a 3rd party 0% or low interest financing plan. Taking advantage of these will help save your teeth and keep care expenses down when they are addressed earlier. 

Weigh your treatment options.

You might really prefer one type of treatment, although other options are available. Weigh the pros and cons to each type of therapy, as well as their costs. Which one will cost less in the long-run? A bridge that involves 2 healthy teeth, or a stand-alone dental implant? 

Visit a dental school.

They can be very difficult to get into as a patient, but dental schools need patients in order to successfully train their students. Experienced dentists supervise care, and although the treatment time will take much longer, the price is greatly reduced.

Posted on behalf of Group Health Dental


How to Select A Cosmetic Dentist

The field of dentistry in general, and cosmetic dentistry in particular, is changing rapidly today due to technological advances in procedures and materials. Improvements in whitening procedures, tooth restorations, and smile correction or enhancements are but a few areas on the cutting edge of technology. With this in mind, how can you be confident in choosing a cosmetic dentist that can best meet your individual needs?

It may take a bit of personal commitment and wherewithal to ensure that you get the most from your future dental investment. First of all, you can contact the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) to find out if your dental professional has continued to pursue education in the latest technological advancements. Be sure to check on your dentist’s credentials and membership organizations. Your family doctor or regular dentist may be willing to refer you to a good cosmetic dentist.

Check with your friends or coworkers if some have had recent dental restorative work performed. If you already have a specific procedure in mind, you could schedule a consultation to determine if your dentist has experience in that particular area. Ask your dentist for recommendations or photos of other patients who have had similar procedures. Don’t be timid about asking your dental professional about the quality of his dental lab.

Following these procedures will help you feel confident that your cosmetic dentist has the skill, experience and expertise to accomplish your goals for that winning smile. Cosmetic dentistry today is reasonably affordable so don’t compromise on quality of materials or workmanship for lower costs. Your dental health and wellbeing is worth the time and effort to ensure you the most benefit from your cosmetic dental professional.

Posted on behalf of Springhill Dental Health Center



The Value of Cosmetic Dentistry

It seems that many neighborhoods today are hosting “Smile” Clinics instead of Dental Offices. When this trend first materialized, one thought it was just an attempt to lessen the overall general anxiety of a dental visit by appearing to be warm, friendly and welcoming (like a smile).  But, further analysis may lead one to conclude that this is just a smart marketing campaign!

In a country where beauty and near perfection are the desired norm, to be applauded, rewarded and idolized, surely everyone desires to present to the world and those around the best possible face. To do so, requires a warm, engaging, healthy and beautifully white smile! Beauty and healthy “appearing” are virtually synonymous; that which appears healthy is beautiful and desired! No longer is one forced to endure the disadvantage of bad teeth or gums, misshapen or misaligned teeth, rendering a person’s smile less than desirable. With the addition of porcelain veneers, crown, dental bridges, dental implants and teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry can give you the dazzling smile that you’ve always wanted.

Having such an award winning, magazine cover, smile has inestimable value. First impressions matter and having a great looking smile gives one much personal confidence. Smiling can literally open up a world of opportunities to an individual, as it presents your face to others as open, inviting and honest. Your positive attitude and optimism will increase and shine forth. Smiling can help get you that new job, or promotion, or raise that you’ve been wishing for. Who knows, facing each day with a smile could actually make you feel happier throughout the day. Best of all, smiling will let others smile back at you! So, check out your cosmetic dentistry options and SMILE!

Posted on behalf of Prime Dental Care




When Is Dental Work Cosmetic?

Generally, cosmetic dentistry can be considered as that which deals with the “appearance” of teeth rather than the health of teeth. However, the line between is often blurred and not necessarily so easy to define. What may look better could also be healthier. Obviously, much of cosmetic dentistry is based on personal needs, preferences and opinions.

Non-cosmetic dentistry is sometimes referred to as “aesthetic” because it implies restoring teeth to their formerly natural appearance; whereas, cosmetic dentistry seeks to improve on what nature has done in order to produce teeth that look better. Of course, when a tooth is damaged, either through accident or disease, some cosmetic application is required to “restore” that tooth to its former function, if not appearance. If a tooth cracks down into its root, is it cosmetic or functional to replace it with a crown? In many cases, a root canal and crown are used to save a tooth and not to beautify.

A definitive line could perhaps be drawn where a procedure is strictly limited to a desired outcome of appearance. For instance, using dental bonding material to reshape or sculpt a tooth and the placement of veneers may be solely cosmetic in nature. Dental bridges and dentures can be classified as prosthetics necessary for eating and a crown for tooth preservation. Perhaps, the bottom line question for us all could be, “Is it necessary for my health and the health of my teeth?” Should those perfectly fine amalgam fillings be replaced just because the newer tooth colored fillings look more natural; or, should they be replaced only if there is evidence of decay? These are the kind of questions that your dentist can help you address, based on your specific, individual, dental needs.

Posted on behalf of Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates



Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is an economical option that can help repair or enhance the appearance of teeth. The tooth colored material is similar to that used in composite (white) fillings, and can be used to re-shape or repair minor discrepancies in the teeth. Coloration of the material is chosen to match the enamel on the tooth, so the final restoration will appear natural and blend in well with the surrounding teeth.

Bonding may be done on a single tooth, or may be used in combination with other cosmetic dental treatments such as veneers or crowns when used as part of a comprehensive smile makeover. Areas that are ideal for dental bonding include:

•           Minor spaces between teeth

•           Chipped or broken teeth in the front of the mouth

•           Areas of gum recession or enamel abrasion

•           Hypersensitive areas

While most dental bonding is for aesthetic reasons, it is also the restorative treatment that is typically chosen for front teeth that have been chipped accidentally. For the bonding to be applied, the tooth is conditioned and reshaped if needed. The material is shaped and applied directly to the surface of the tooth, then cured with a light, which causes the resin to harden and bond to the enamel. Bonding is not appropriate for areas of large decay, severe fractures or areas that come into constant chewing pressure with teeth of the opposite arch.

If you have minor areas that you wish to improve the aesthetics of, dental bonding may be the answer you’re looking for. Minimally invasive and affordable, dental bonding can help transform the appearance of a single tooth or even multiple teeth throughout the mouth.


Payment Options for Cosmetic Dental Work

Cosmetic dentistry is any dental work that is not medically necessary but that is done, rather, to improve the appearance of the teeth. Examples of cosmetic dentistry include bleaching the teeth to create a whiter smile, covering chipped or misshapen teeth with porcelain veneers, or inserting a dental bridge to fill a gap. Because these procedures are sought for aesthetic purposes, they are usually not covered by dental insurance plans; however, there are steps you can take to minimize your out-of-pocket costs.

Firstly, it is recommended that you call your insurance provider to find out exactly what is covered by your plan. Secondly, discuss with your dentist whether your cosmetic concern might also qualify as a needs-based claim. It is sometimes possible to get coverage for cosmetic dental procedures that have some functional benefit. For example, bonding chipped teeth may be desirable to improve the appearance of your teeth, but it can also be a matter of correcting the functional issue of bite in which case, your insurance company may provide partial coverage. Likewise, cosmetic repairs related to injury are usually covered by dental insurance.

If you do not have insurance, you may want to consider an alternative dental savings plan. Nowadays, a plethora of discount dental programs have made cosmetic dentistry more accessible to all. These alternative plans offer low monthly or yearly rates and flexible payment options and typically have a one-time enrollment fee.  By doing a quick internet search, you can find a number of non-profit agencies and programs in your area that offer low-cost cosmetic dental plans at set fees. Alternatively, some cosmetic dentists offer in-office dental savings plans through a membership program, so it is always a good idea to call your dentist to discuss payment options.

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