Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs
Cosmetic dentistry includes any dental procedure that enhances the appearance of your teeth and your smile. This includes orthodontics, crowns, bonding, white fillings, veneers, teeth whitening and more.
In many cases when a dental procedure has sound oral health benefits, like orthodontics, dentures or crowns to fix broken or decayed teeth, the procedure may be covered by dental insurance in part or in whole. Strictly cosmetic procedures like porcelain veneers and teeth whitening are usually not covered.
Your natural teeth are always best, and many times a bad tooth can be saved with root canal therapy. However, the decision is ultimately yours. If you choose to have a bad tooth extracted or if a tooth cannot be saved, a replacement tooth is recommended not only for your appearance but also for your dental structure and oral hygiene.
After an exam by Dr. Sattout, it may be decided that you are not a good candidate for implants. This usually happens if you do not have a sufficient amount of bone in your jaws for the implants to be inserted into, or if you have certain health problems, like diabetes.
Store whitening products are not as strong as professional whitening treatments and generally can only remove surface stains. In-office professional whitening can penetrate the enamel and remove stains below it, which reflect through the enamel if they are not removed. If you prefer to whiten your teeth at home, you can purchase a professional whitening kit from us for home use.
Call us for a consultation appointment to discuss your cosmetic and oral health needs. A preliminary exam will let us find out what work needs to be done for your oral health, and your desires for your smile will be included in a plan to give you a smile restoration. We can combine multiple procedures to give you a healthy and beautiful smile.