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How Is Cosmetic Dentistry Different From Routine Dentistry?

It seems like an easy question to answer, but there’s not always a clear divide between cosmetic dentistry and routine dentistry.

 

It’s true that cosmetic dentistry’s focus is on the patient’s appearance, while routine dentistry (preventive and restorative) concentrates on the patient’s health. But a cosmetic procedure may help prevent decay from spreading and teeth from shifting. It may also correct damage that could lead to future health problems.

 

So, if you previously thought cosmetic dentistry was a luxury that didn’t apply to you, it’s time to reconsider how it could improve your overall health and well-being.

How Could Cosmetic Dentistry Help Me?

The most common cosmetic procedures can improve your health in addition to enhancing your appearance.

 

Teeth Whitening

Food, drinks, medications, smoking, and age can cause staining and discoloration. Teeth whitening can help you feel more confident and improve your self-esteem. When you feel better about yourself, your daily interactions with family, friends, and colleagues will be more positive and have a domino effect on all those you encounter.

 

By choosing to have your teeth whitened by a dentist, you’ll get better results than what you could achieve using products easily found at the drugstore or online. Professional tooth whitening can make your teeth 5-8 times whiter and brighter than kits you use at home.

 

But when you visit a dentist to have your teeth whitened, you’ll also benefit from a professional cleaning. Removing plaque and tartar (what happens when plaque hardens) can prevent harmful bacteria from infecting your gums. Since gum disease is tied to many other health problems, visiting your dentist for a whitening procedure can do so much more than just brighten your smile.

 

Veneers

Veneers are thin shells that are custom-made to resemble natural teeth. Made from either medical-grade porcelain or a resin composite, they can solve the problem of damaged enamel, crooked teeth, or gaps in your smile. But they can also help protect your teeth from damage and sensitivity.

 

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding uses an ultraviolet light to harden a moldable resin on the tooth’s surface. It’s similar to veneers in that it can fix cracks, chips, and misshapen teeth. But it’s also a restorative procedure that can repair decayed teeth.

 

Crowns

A crown is like a cap for a damaged or decayed tooth. It can prevent a tooth from breaking at the same time it improves its appearance. Crowns are also used for other dental procedures like bridges and implants.

 

Inlays and Onlays

For a decayed tooth that requires more support than a standard filling but isn’t so damaged that it needs a crown, inlays or onlays can provide a solution.

 

Inlays and onlays are often called indirect fillings and are made in a laboratory. Inlay material bonds to the center of a tooth and onlays covers other parts of the tooth or the entire surface.

 

Dentures, Bridges, and Dental Implants

Dentures, bridges, and implants enhance your appearance by replacing missing teeth, but they can also prevent bone loss. Bone shrinks or resorbs when there’s a lack of pressure from chewing, so spaces must be filled to prevent jawbone deterioration. Filling the gap can also improve speech and bite problems.

Will My Insurance Cover Cosmetic Dental Treatments?

Typically, insurance will cover a portion of restorative treatments. If the cosmetic procedure will correct a bite problem or is medically necessary due to decay, disease, accident, or injury, you should be able to receive some coverage from your insurance company. Insurance will not cover procedures that are only used to enhance aesthetics.

 

The team at Osseo Family Dental has a great deal of experience working with insurance companies and are skilled at submitting claims that accurately reflect how our cosmetic procedures will improve your health or prevent future damage.

Will Cosmetic Dentistry Cost More Than I Can Afford?

At Osseo Family Dental, we can work with you to help limit the cost of your procedure or design a payment plan that works for you. Consider cosmetic dentistry an investment in your overall health and well-being.

Finding a Skilled Cosmetic Dentist Near Me

Cosmetic dentistry is an art as well as a science. Cosmetic procedures are most often completed in one or two visits but the results will last for years. Osseo Family Dental specializes in creating beautiful, healthy smiles using the most advanced techniques. And you don’t have to travel too far to get your smile makeover. We’re conveniently located to serve the following areas:

 

  • Anoka
  • Brooklyn Park
  • Champlin
  • Coon Rapids
  • Maple Grove
  • Osseo
  • Plymouth

 

Schedule a consultation with us to discover how cosmetic dentistry can make a profound impact on your life.

There is no better time than the present

to smile!