There are a large amount of choices in cosmetic dentistry procedures today. Teeth whitening is the most popular of cosmetic dentistry treatments. Other popular choices include porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns, fixed bridges, composite (tooth colored) fillings, and dental implants. Any or all of these options can help patients to truly transform their smile. Patients who have misaligned teeth that can't be disguised with carefully placed veneers may want to consider having orthodontic braces to get a straight and even smile.
A number of patients today opt for more than one cosmetic dentistry procedure. It is possible to do a complete "smile makeover," one that will whiten teeth, conceal damaged teeth, and improve the overall dimensions of the teeth if desired. The best way for patients to get their dream smile is to have a consultation with the dentist about all their dental concerns and issues. In nearly all situations, a beautiful new look can be created, exactly as the patient wants, if the patient and dentist approach the challenge as a team.
It depends on the procedure and on the insurance company. Some procedures, such as teeth whitening, are not covered by most insurance companies because such procedures are not generally deemed medically necessary. However, there are several other cosmetic dentistry procedures that could be considered medically required, for example, dental implants for a person who is missing all or most of their teeth. It is always best to talk with both the dentist and the insurance provider to determine all the payment options ahead of scheduling a procedure. Even if insurance will not cover a cosmetic procedure, there are some excellent financing options that may work well.
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