The techniques used in cosmetic dentistry usually include those procedures meant to improve the appearance of your teeth and smile. However, some of these procedures are more than just a cosmetic fix and can also improve oral health. For instance, tooth whitening can be considered cosmetic as it doesn't affect function. But, placing a crown over a broken tooth, not only fixes your appearance, it also helps functionality. It will help improve your oral health by preventing tooth decay and gum disease.
Tooth whitening may be the first thing that comes to mind when people think of the term cosmetic dentistry, but there are other procedures in the field of cosmetic dentistry including placing a crown over a broken or badly worn tooth, or applying veneers over one or more teeth. Your dentist will also be able to contour teeth that are misshapen, close spaces between the teeth, restore worn teeth, and alter teeth that are too short teeth or too long. Cosmetic dentists can also fix teeth that are chipped or misshapen.
All dentists learn the basics of cosmetic procedures during dental school. For example, using a color-matched porcelain crown is considered a routine dental procedure and a cosmetic dental procedure. The best cosmetic dentists will have completed extensive, additional training once they’ve completed dental school. Many cosmetic dentists receive certification in their field, which means they must show proof of additional training and experience, and provide evidence of their work, to the certifying body.
The cost of cosmetic dentistry will depend on several factors. If extensive work is needed for multiple broken teeth, serious stains, or other extensive cosmetic problems, it could be costlier than a simple tooth whitening. If a procedure offers functional improvements, while also improving your appearance, it’s possible your insurance will cover it. Most dentists will work with you and offer financing or other payment options.
At Totowa Dental Center, we strive to make every service achievable and affordable for all patients. We only accept PPO plans. Along with our accepted insurance, Totowa Dental Center accepts Care Credit and Lending Club. For more information about our insurance policies or payment methods, please call our office.
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