Patients in Elroy with dental issues of all kinds can dramatically improve their appearance with cosmetic dentistry, so they can smile with confidence. Before you decide if cosmetic dentistry is right for you, take some time to think about how satisfied you are with your smile. If you find yourself holding back from smiling, laughing, or even speaking in front of others because of your grin, you might be the ideal candidate for cosmetic care. At our office, we provide a full range of cosmetic treatments and services to help you achieve the smile you deserve.
Veneers can provide protection to your teeth’s natural enamel.
To start things off, your dentist will ask you how you feel about your smile. We encourage you to be candid and honest about any issues or imperfections that make you feel self-conscious, and express to us what you would change about your grin
During your oral exam, your dentist will find out if you’re a good candidate for the cosmetic treatment you desire. Since cosmetic services require healthy teeth, your dentist will let you know if any restorative treatments are necessary before starting your cosmetic care.
After your consultation and exam, your doctor will sit down with you to discuss all of your treatment options and create a customized cosmetic treatment plan based on your unique needs and desired outcome. The outline will help you understand every step of your treatment.
To assist in your decision, your dentist will provide you with a variety of different options. Together, you’ll choose the right cosmetic treatment for your needs, budget, and lifestyle.
Once you and your dentist have decided on the right cosmetic treatment plan, we’ll schedule your next appointment and provide guidance on how to best pay for your treatment.
To achieve a brighter smile from the comfort of your own home, we offer take-home whitening. With our take-home whitening kits, your grin will gradually be whitened over the course of a week or two.
To create your reusable custom whitening trays, we will take impressions of your teeth and gums to ensure your trays fit perfectly.
Once the trays have been crafted, we’ll give you our whitening product and a full set of instructions for proper use. As long as you follow your dentist’s instructions, you’ll get the professional results you deserve, right at home.
For patients who desire a more dramatic transformation, in-office whitening might be right for you. In a single visit, you can brighten your teeth by up to 10 shades! The near-instant results will have you ready to show off your smile for any upcoming special occasions.
Your dentist will begin by applying a special protective gel to your gums so they aren’t irritated by the whitening agent. To keep your cheeks and other soft-tissues in your mouth out of harm's way, retractors will be used to keep them away from your teeth. A powerful whitening agent will then be carefully applied to your teeth and then activated with a UV light. Depending on how many shades brighter you’re going for, the whitening agent will be left on your teeth for up to an hour, before being rinsed away. For those with more advanced discoloration, the whitening process can be repeated several times over the course of multiple visits to achieve the results you desire.
Dental bonding is a non-invasive procedure in which your Elroy dentist will apply a dental resin (that matches the shade of your smile) to your teeth. They will carefully sculpt the resin before curing it with a special UV light to restore the look, feel, and function of your smile. The whole process usually takes between 30-60 minutes for each tooth.
Shaping & contouring, also known as enameloplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that is often used in tandem with dental bonding. The treatment involves the removal of a thin layer of enamel from uneven, chipped, or sharp teeth to achieve the desired shape.
Veneers are wafer-thin, tooth-colored shells made from durable porcelain that are affixed to the front side of your teeth. This cosmetic treatment can eliminate small gaps between teeth, as well as cover up the appearance of severe staining, misshapen or uneven teeth, and much more.
To place veneers, your dentist will shave down the enamel so the porcelain shells don’t bulge or protrude from your smile. This is an irreversible procedure, so it’s an important consideration to make before committing to the treatment. However, veneers can completely transform your smile and will last for years before needing to be replaced, as long as they are cared for properly.
Invisalign is a great way to align your smile without the hassle of traditional orthodontics. Instead of uncomfortable metal or ceramic brackets and wires, Invisalign utilizes a series of clear aligners made from a durable plastic called SmartTrack. Because they’re removable, they don’t impose any dietary restrictions and are super easy to keep clean.
Because of advancements in Invisalign technology, we are able to treat more complex orthodontic issues than ever before. Schedule a consultation today and find out if Invisalign can help you get the smile you’ve been waiting for.
White Spot Lesions (WSLs) are little white spots that form on the surface of teeth, and are common after orthodontic treatment. They can also be caused by an enamel defect, trauma, or infection, that result in the demineralization of teeth.
ICON resin treatment is a minimally invasive procedure that can help reduce the appearance of WSLs, even “erasing” them completely for some patients.
To rid your smile of unsightly white spots, your dentist will gently remove the outer layer of enamel, and then apply a special dental resin. The resin helps to remineralize de-calcified areas, and will even out the shade of your tooth. The resin will be cured and your teeth will be polished, and you’ll have your smile back in no time at all.
A single in-office whitening session can brighten your smile by up to 10 shades.
With cosmetic dentistry, we can solve almost any aesthetic issue you can think of. Patients with yellow or stained teeth can receive teeth whitening treatments for a brighter grin. Dental bonding, shaping, & contouring can transform the shape of teeth to fix minor cracks and chips, or to even out your smile to get it back to a natural, aesthetically pleasing look. Veneers or Lumineers can fill gaps, cover severe stains, and fix the look of slightly crooked or crowded teeth. Dental crowns can also be used for cosmetic purposes, though they are reserved for teeth that have experienced more extensive decay or damage.
If you’re in good oral and overall health, chances are that you are a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry.
If you’re struggling with oral health issues like gum disease, cavities, or occlusal issues, you may require restorative or orthodontic treatments before beginning any cosmetic procedures.
Yes! It’s not uncommon to undergo multiple cosmetic dental procedures at the same time. Some services, like dental bonding and enameloplasty, are almost always performed in tandem. Cosmetic makeovers involve the using a combination of a variety of cosmetic treatments to completely transform a patient’s smile.
Every insurance plan is different, but most do not cover cosmetic dental care, as cosmetic cases are often listed as elective, or unnecessary to your oral health, by insurance companies. Some treatments, like veneers or dental crowns, may be partially covered by some insurance plans, but this is not very common. Because of this, you will likely need to pay for cosmetic treatment out-of-pocket. To get an idea of the scope of your dental insurance coverage, contact your insurer directly, or get in touch with our team to see if we can assist you with discounts or payment plans, so you can get the smile you deserve.
A person’s satisfaction with their smile has a powerful effect on their mental health.