Cosmetic dentistry refers to any procedure aimed at improving the appearance of a patient’s teeth or gums. This specialty has evolved from simply replacing and restoring damaged teeth to covering a wide range of esthetic procedures, including: tooth whitening, bonding, tooth-colored restorations and fillings, porcelain veneers, orthodontics and dental implants.
Yes, most cosmetic procedures have the added benefit of helping teeth stay healthy by correcting defects that can make it easier for bacteria to lodge in and around teeth, causing decay and gum disease. For instance, teeth that are crowded can be very difficult to clean, and that means they're more prone to decay. Straightening teeth make it easier to brush them and floss around them so they stay healthier. Likewise, cracks and chips on tooth surfaces can provide places for bacteria to gain a foothold. Crowns and veneers cover the damaged areas so bacteria can't invade.
Many patients have multiple issues that need to be addressed, not just for better health, but also for a greater sense of self-confidence that comes from having a beautiful smile. Dr. Nathanson will discuss your goals and needs in depth before treatment to develop a custom plan of care aimed at getting you the results you're looking for.
Dental treatments that are aimed primarily or solely at correcting cosmetic defects are usually not covered by dental insurance plans. Patients who are concerned about their out-of-pocket costs should discuss those concerns with our staff so we can work together to create a payment arrangement that can let you have that great-looking smile.
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