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Dental health can affect your entire life. Cosmetic dentistry performed by Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies trained dentists, such as Mesa cosmetic dentists Dr. Glenn LeSueur & Dr. Charles Dodaro, use the most advanced dental techniques and technology to provide the healthiest and most aesthetically pleasing dental care. During these procedures, our dentists at Drs of Smiles make real dental repairs that improve your smile and protect your teeth from future damage.
What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry includes procedures that are used to improve the appearance of your teeth and overall smile. These procedures can enhance not only the look of your teeth but their health as well. The condition of your teeth and gums radiates through your entire face, your posture, physical comfort, and even your mood and attitude. In order to avoid these problems, while also making you look younger and feel more confident, patients may consider cosmetic dentistry.
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Benefits Of Cosmetic Dentistry
Studies have shown that judgments about your character, financial success, and professional competence are influenced by the condition of your teeth. The cosmetic dentistry procedures mentioned above can benefit your life overall. This is done by fixing crooked or missing teeth, an uneven gum line, gaps, discoloration, and more. You may require several of these treatments or a combination of treatments to address your unique dental needs.
What Is The Difference Between Cosmetic Dentistry And General Dentistry?
Many cosmetic dental treatments are offered in general dentistry offices. Even in our practice, various general and cosmetic procedures are available. General dentistry is the area of practice in which our focus is placed on the health of the teeth and gums. Your semi-annual dental checkups and cleanings fall under the umbrella of general dentistry. Treatments that focus only on the appearance of the smile fall under the umbrella of cosmetic dentistry. Examples include teeth whitening, dental bonding, dental veneers, and dental implants. Our team of dentists have completed schooling in general dentistry and have continued their education through organizations such as the Las Vegas Institute to achieve optimal outcomes in cosmetic procedures, as well.
Who Is A Candidate For Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures?
Many adults are excellent candidates for cosmetic dentistry procedures. This area of dentistry is dedicated to enhancing the appearance of the smile. There are several ways to achieve this, from teeth whitening to reshaping teeth to replacing missing teeth. To determine if you are a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry treatment, your dentist will conduct a consultation to understand your concerns and goals. A dental examination will confirm that you are ready for cosmetic treatment. If dental conditions exist, such as cavities or gum disease, these will be treated first to prepare the mouth for optimal results from cosmetic treatment.
Which Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment is Right for Me?
Our experienced dental team performs several different cosmetic dentistry treatments. Here, we can help your correct discoloration, chips, gaps, cracks, and more! During your consultation, we’ll discuss the concerns that you have about your smile and explore which treatment or treatments would best meet your needs. After your visit, you should have all of the information you need to know just how you’d like to bring out the best in your smile.
I Don't Like My Teeth or Smile, Can You Help?
We would love to help you love your smile! Everyone deserves to feel confident when they laugh, speak, and smile. When you schedule a visit, you can expect a comprehensive exam and an in-depth conversation. We’ll want to know exactly what it is that you don’t like about your teeth and smile, right down to the fine details. Is there a tooth that’s slightly turned? Do you have a gap or a tooth that isn’t shaped quite like those around it? When we get to know what it is you don’t like, we also gain insight into what you would like to change about your smile. From there, we can develop a treatment plan around your goals.
I Have Dental Phobia, Do You Offer Sedation Dentistry?
It’s extremely common to have dental anxiety. Millions of people are afraid to receive dental care, many to such an extent that they avoid making appointments that can keep their teeth healthy and attractive. We don’t believe in “toughing it out” when it comes to dental anxiety, so are pleased to offer sedation dentistry in our Mesa, AZ office. Using nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation, it can be easier than you ever imagined to enhance the appearance of your smile!
Will Insurance Cover Cosmetic Dental Care?
If your treatment is not needed for structural repair, it is unlikely that your insurance provider will cover the cost of your procedure. For example, teeth whitening is not a covered service. Dental implants, on the other hand, may receive some degree of coverage. In this instance, an insurance company may cover some of the cost of the crowns that are affixed to the titanium posts, but may not cover the implants themselves. Each insurance company has its own guidelines for coverage, so it is advantageous to contact your provider directly for coverage details, amounts, and requirements.
What Cosmetic Procedures Are Available for People Who are Missing Teeth?
If you are missing teeth, you have a few different options for replacement. The most common forms of treatment for those who are missing one or a few teeth are dental implants or a dental bridge. For complete tooth replacement, you might consider full dentures. In the case of bridges and dentures, it is also possible to increase the stability of these restorations using a few strategically-placed dental implants. To learn more about your tooth-replacement options, contact our office and schedule an appointment. We’re happy to provide you with the information you need to make a confident decision about your smile!
Is Cosmetic Dentistry Covered By Insurance?
No. Cosmetic dentistry treatments like teeth whitening and veneers are intended to enhance the appearance of the smile. These are elective treatments that do not affect oral health so do not qualify for insurance coverage. In cases of tooth replacement, some aspects of treatment may be covered by insurance. For example, an insurance company may not cover the cost of dental implants but may provide coverage for the dental crowns that replace missing teeth.
Do Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures Require Anesthesia?
Procedures performed for aesthetic purposes may or may not require anesthesia. If you want a more radiant smile, your dentist can perform teeth whitening without local anesthetic or sedation. If you are undergoing dental implant treatment, your dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic like Lidocaine and you may also include sedation into your procedure if you wish. Dental veneers lie in the middle; you may receive injections of a local anesthetic but tolerate the procedure very well without sedation. Every situation is unique and we tailor care to the needs of each patient.
What Are The Risks Of Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry focuses on the appearance of teeth and the smile. There are very few risks associated with the various treatments considered to be cosmetic in nature. The most common concern is that the outcome of treatment will not be what the patient expects. Because a comprehensive consultation and dental exam are performed before cosmetic procedures, including teeth whitening, there is little risk of gum irritation and tooth damage.
How Long Do Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments Take?
The duration and number of appointments needed to complete cosmetic dentistry goals can vary. Some treatments, such as dental bonding, can be done in the office in about an hour. Other procedures are more of a process. Teeth whitening, for example, is a process that is done daily at home. Dental implant treatment may take several months to complete but require only a few appointments with weeks in between. During your consultation for cosmetic dentistry, our team will provide the details of your proposed treatment plan.
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Dr. Glenn LeSueur and Dr. Charles Dodaro are Mesa dentists, serving Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Gilbert, Chandler, and other East Valley Cities in Arizona, combine LVI training and state-of-the-art technology to bring you, and your entire family, the very best and healthiest cosmetic and neuromuscular dental care.