Our smile plays a huge part in how we feel about ourselves, and how we interact with others. As we age, however, we tend to smile less and for some who are concerned about their appearance, they might stop smiling altogether. Luckily, improving the appearance of your smile with cosmetic dentistry can make a big difference in both the beauty and health of your smile.
Whether you want to brighten your smile a few shades, repair a chipped tooth, correct your bite, replace one or several teeth, Dental Depot can help. Come for a consultation to discuss options, and create a treatment plan tailored to you.
Cosmetic dentistry covers different areas of dentistry. Let us help you identify concerns and explore available treatment options.
Veneers are a common cosmetic procedure that allows patients to enhance their smile. Veneers only cover the front, visible part of your tooth; not only can they not address the tooth decay caused by a cavity, but if they are placed over an existing cavity or area of decay, the decay will continue to progress, causing the vener to fail. You may need to have the veneer removed, the cavity treated, then the veneer replaced, or, if it goes on too long, you may need to have the tooth removed entirely.
Prior to adding cosmetic veneers, it is important to first treat any cavities or other oral conditions, like gingivitis. Afterwards, a veneer can be placed for cosmetic purposes. Once you have a veneer, it is important to continue practicing good oral hygiene, including routine dental cleanings and exams, to make sure no decay develops under the veneer.
Dental crowns are considered restorative when they improve oral health and function, such as when crowns are used as an artificial tooth over a dental implant. Crowns are also often used to repair teeth that have been damaged from grinding and clenching or some other kind of injury.
Crowns are considered cosmetic dentistry when the crown is used primarily to improve the appearance of your smile, such as covering an uneven or misshapen tooth. Like veneers, crowns require some of the tooth to be filed down, but crowns require more of the natural tooth to be removed before they can be placed.
Cosmetic dentistry can fix a variety of issues related to the aesthetics of your smile, such as teeth that are:
Dental bonding is the most common cosmetic procedure used to correct slightly crooked or misaligned teeth. Dental bonding works by applying a resin to the natural tooth to help restore and reshape it, and it’s best for teeth with minor damage or that are only slightly crooked.
Cosmetic dentistry is limited in its ability to provide significant realignment, though, and can sometimes simply mask alignment issues rather than correct them. More serious misalignment problems that cannot be corrected with dental bonding may require orthodontic treatment like clear aligners or braces.
Dental Depot Oklahoma offers comprehensive dental services for patients of every age, including cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics. If you aren’t happy with your smile, contact one of our convenient locations to schedule an appointment or virtual consultation and we’ll help you decide which solution is right for you.
Dental insurance typically doesn’t cover procedures that aren’t medically necessary and that are mainly being done to enhance the appearance of the tooth as opposed to the function. For example, teeth whitening is never covered by dental insurance.
There are some instances when certain procedures could be either restorative, cosmetic, or both, and might be covered by dental insurance if they are restoring the function of your smile. Crowns or veneers to fix diseased, broken, or missing teeth, for example, will likely be covered even though these procedures could be considered cosmetic in other situations.
At Dental Depot Oklahoma, we believe everyone deserves a beautiful smile. Not only do we accept most major insurance plans, but we also understand the nuances and complexities of them, and we’ll do everything we can to help you get the care you need. If your insurance doesn’t cover the procedure you want, Dental Depot offers affordable services and a variety of commonsense payment plans and financing options, because a beautiful smile shouldn’t break the bank.
Cosmetic dentistry primarily consists of procedures to help people enhance the appearance and aesthetics of their smile.
With cosmetic dentistry, you can:
Whether you want a smile that’s brighter or straighter–or both!--Dental Depot Oklahoma has you covered with cosmetic dentistry services at all of our convenient locations. Call today to find out how we can help you create your best smile possible!