Cosmetic dentistry is the use of cosmetic dental treatments to improve the aesthetics of your teeth and overall smile. Many patients are unhappy with their smile because of discoloration, orthodontic problems, damaged enamel, or because their teeth aren’t the size and shape they want them to be.
With cosmetic dentistry, your dentist in Kyle can formulate a custom treatment plan that will address all of your cosmetic concerns and build you the smile of your dreams. Contact us at Bravo Family Dentistry to schedule a consultation.
Teeth whitening can last for 6 months to 3 years.
Dr. Dekow will need to examine your teeth and take x-rays to make sure you don’t have any oral health problems. Tooth decay and gum disease will need to be treated prior to getting cosmetic treatments.
After discussing your aesthetic goals and concerns, Dr. Dekow will create a treatment plan that can best address these concerns. Dr. Dekow will look for your input.
We offer many different cosmetic dental treatments. Sometimes your aesthetic goals can be achieved with multiple treatments so we will help you decide which is most suitable for your budget, schedule, and lifestyle.
We will always provide you with local anesthesia for any appointments that pose the risk of feeling pain from invasive tools. We will also give you the option to be sedated if you have dental anxiety.
Once you’ve decided on a treatment plan, we’ll move forward with scheduling your appointments and collecting payment. We’ll inform you if there’s anything you need to do to prepare.
If you would rather whiten your teeth from home, we can book you in for a short 15-minute appointment to take impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental lab that will fabricate custom whitening trays for you to wear at home.
Within about 2 weeks, you can pick up the trays and begin whitening your teeth while doing whatever else you please at home. No need for additional dental appointments or exposure to UV light.
However, due to the low concentration of peroxide, you will need to wear your trays each day for up to 2 weeks to achieve the same results as in-office whitening. The low concentration is ideal for sensitive teeth.
Want to whiten your teeth fast? Have severe discoloration or a formal event coming up? In-office whitening is irreplaceable for these situations.
By applying a peroxide-based whitening agent directly to your teeth and activating it with UV light for about an hour before rinsing it off, you’ll see instant results up to 10 shades lighter than you started with! Your gums and soft tissues will be protected with protective gel and a cheek protractor.
This is the process of rebuilding missing tooth structures to patch up chips and cracks or eroded enamel as well as covering up cosmetic imperfections like discoloration and gaps in your smile. Composite resin is applied to the teeth and bonded with UV light.
The resin is matched to your natural shade of teeth and can be molded to achieve whatever tooth shape or size you desire. This is a painless, non-invasive treatment that takes about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth.
Also known as tooth contouring, enameloplasty means altering the shape or length of a tooth by shaving down the natural tooth enamel. This is often paired with dental bonding to achieve the ultimate smile aesthetic. After filing down sharp, long, or round teeth, we can rebuild any areas that need to be improved or covered up. The change to your natural enamel is permanent.
Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the front side of your teeth. They are matched to your natural tooth shade and are very durable with a lifespan of up to 15 years.
Veneers are used to cover up all sorts of cosmetic imperfections, from discoloration and gaps to misaligned teeth and damaged enamel. Veneers can also improve tooth size and shape. Many patients use veneers to make their teeth look bigger, longer, or less round.
Veneers not only improve the appearance of the teeth but also make them stronger.
Cosmetic dentistry is very versatile in its ability to treat a vast range of aesthetic issues. Anything that you can think of that would produce an unfavorable appearance or cause a patient to feel insecure in their smile can be drastically improved with cosmetic treatments.
This may involve covering up discoloration, chips and cracks, uneven or awkwardly shaped teeth, filing down teeth that are too sharp, covering up gaps and misaligned teeth, or altering the appearance of the teeth entirely. Call us today to get the smile you deserve!
No, cosmetic dental treatments are typically not covered by dental insurance because they are considered elective procedures and insurance will only cover dental treatments that are medically necessary.
However, sometimes there is overlap between a cosmetic treatment and its restorative properties. Dental bonding can be used to repair damage on a cracked tooth that otherwise may break and become infected.
Some dental insurance plans may cover this treatment as a restorative procedure. Contact your insurance provider directly to find out what their policy is about covering cosmetic treatments.
Improving your smile can also improve your well-being.