Your smile is the first impression that others have of you, so it makes sense that you would want it to be bright, white and healthy. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, more than 99 percent of all American adults believe that a smile is an important asset for social situations. Perhaps that is why so many patients are electing cosmetic dental procedures to improve their smiles and boost self-confidence.
Did you know…
that cosmetic dentistry is more than just teeth whitening? Your cosmetic dentist is also capable of transforming your smile’s shape, color, alignment, as well as filling in gaps and discreetly restoring decayed or damaged teeth with tooth-colored fillings. In fact, modern advancements in cosmetic dentistry have made it possible for patients to achieve nearly perfect teeth with cosmetic enhancements and restorations that are virtually undetectable to friends, family and peers.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Springfield Dental Solutions offers cosmetic dentistry to improve your teeth and smile and enhance your overall appearance. Though mainly for aesthetic purposes, some cosmetic procedures actually greatly benefit your oral health. Based on your oral health needs and your specific goals, Dr. Yoon can recommend specific treatments to serve you best.
What does cosmetic dentistry include?
Cosmetic dentistry includes the full range of treatments that make your gums and teeth look better, including:
- Teeth whitening
- Composite bonding
- Tooth-colored fillings
- Inlays and onlays
- Gum recontouring
Do cosmetic procedures alter oral health?
Not only do cosmetic procedures add beauty to your smile, but many of them also add protection to your teeth. For instance:
- Veneers cover cracked teeth and prevent decay from making its way into the tooth
- Implants restore integrity to your jaw and fend off bone erosion
- Composite bonding closes gaps that expose your gums to dangerous bacteria
What are veneers?
Veneers are ultra-thin porcelain or resin shells that bond to the front of your teeth. They are a popular choice to correct a host of dental problems because they are extremely sturdy and can last 10-20 years.
Dr. Yoon uses veneers to correct:
- Misshapen teeth
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Discolored teeth
Is cosmetic dentistry expensive?
Many procedures fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry, and plenty of them are simple and relatively inexpensive, such as teeth whitening. It’s also true that some cosmetic procedures like implants or orthodontic work are a considerable investment.
Dr. Yoon understands and offers a spectrum of services across a wide range of prices. Convenient payment options and financing through CareCredit℠ is also available.
Does dental insurance cover a cosmetic procedure?
Dental insurance is highly variable from plan to plan. In general, purely cosmetic treatments aren’t covered by most plans. If your treatment is both restorative and cosmetic, your policy may cover a portion of the expense.
Don’t hesitate to stop by the front desk at Springfield Dental Solutions. The knowledgeable, friendly staff is well-versed on insurance regulations and can help guide you through the process.
For a million-dollar smile that won’t break the bank, consider cosmetic dentistry with Dr. Yoon. Call the office today or book your appointment online.
Am I a candidate for cosmetic dentistry?
You may be a candidate for cosmetic dentistry if your healthy teeth have imperfections that you would prefer to be changed to enhance the appearance of your smile. It is important to recognize that esthetic dental treatments are not meant to alter your overall appearance, but rather to provide a positive change that compliments the health and natural appearance of your teeth. If you think cosmetic dentistry is right for you, contact your cosmetic dentist today to schedule a consultation.
What should I expect from my cosmetic dental visit?
Due to great strides in dentistry, cosmetic, restorative and general dentistry can overlap in a single visit. You can expect your cosmetic dentist to discuss health implications, as well as esthetics at your appointment.
What types of cosmetic treatments are available to me?
There are many types of cosmetic treatments available, from in-office teeth whitening to total smile make-overs. The types of treatments available to you will depend on your overall goals, but may include professional whitening, tooth-colored fillings, bonding, crowns, veneers, or dental implants.
What should I expect after receiving a cosmetic treatment?
You will receive special care instructions following your treatment. For example, if you have your teeth whitened you should avoid highly pigmented beverages and foods for several days to prevent staining. On the other hand, a dental implant make-over may require a significant amount of down time, as well as a temporary, but limited diet.