When you feel hesitant to smile, it can take a toll on your confidence and even affect the way you socialize with others. That’s why we always ask how you feel about your smile because it helps us learn more about your dental needs and smile goals. At Grand Dental – Lockport, we want to help you achieve not just an attractive smile, but one you’ve always dreamed of having. To find out how, call our dental office for a consultation to discuss your options for cosmetic dentistry in Lockport, IL!
If you’d prefer to transform your smile from top-to-bottom, porcelain veneers are ideal. Fabricated from dental porcelain, veneers are very thin sheaths that are customized to bond to natural teeth and hide multiple imperfections at a time. Thanks to their smooth texture, they are actually more stain-resistant than enamel!
Dentist often use gold, silver, or nickel to restore teeth. However, these materials can lead to tooth sensitivity, discoloration, and even trigger an allergic reaction. Alternatively, our dental office uses dental porcelain that’s customized to match your existing enamel, ensuring a healthy, yet aesthetically-pleasing smile.
Through cosmetic bonding, we can use composite resin to enhance your smile, all while keeping it natural-looking in the process. We can even fix chips, cracks, small gaps, and permanent stains on teeth with this non-invasive process. In most cases, treatment can be completed in just one visit for even more convenience.
With professional-grade teeth whitening, looking younger and hiding cosmetic flaws becomes incredibly easy. We provide Opalescence take-home whitening kits that are customized to fit your smile, ensuring even coverage and the best results possible. All you need to do is fill the trays with the whitening gel, wear them for a short period of time daily (over about two weeks), and reap the rewards of a smile that’s multiple shades brighter!
Is excess gum tissue covering your smile? Does it look uneven or make your teeth appear short? Gum recontouring is a simple way to sculpt the gums and make your smile look more even. To do this, we use a soft tissue laser for ease, convenience, and comfort.
In some cases, excess gum tissue can interfere with the placement of a crown, veneer, or other restoration. In this instance, crown lengthening is an ideal treatment option, even if the tooth is broken or worn down.
The cost of cosmetic dentistry in Lockport cannot be determined until our team has a chance to evaluate a patient’s smile. Only until we can determine the problem areas and which type of treatment(s) will properly align to produce the best possible results can we explain how much a person can expect to pay. And since dental insurance is unlikely to cover the cost of these services, individuals can take advantage of alternative payment options such as CareCredit or our in-house membership plan.
Knowing which cosmetic dental service is right for treating various tooth and gum imperfections requires the expertise of a cosmetic dentist in Lockport. At Grand Dental Group – Lockport, our team will likely recommend one of the following options:
Although cosmetic dentistry is largely focused on a person’s aesthetics, the benefits that can arise as a result of any of these above-mentioned services extends to an individual’s oral and overall health as well. Fixing gaps, overcrowding, misaligned, and stained teeth can have a positive impact on self-esteem, and it encourages patients to adopt good oral hygiene habits that will allow for healthier smiles year after year.
Since most dental insurance companies do not offer coverage for cosmetic dental treatments, patients often need to look to other alternative payment options. At Grand Dental Group – Lockport, we are pleased to partner with CareCredit, which allows individuals to enroll in low and no-interest payment plans. And with no surprise fees, patients can feel comfortable and confident paying off their treatment over time.
There is also the option of enrolling in our Grand Advantage Plan. This allows patients to pay a one-time yearly fee for access to basic preventive care as well as discounts on other available services, many of which include cosmetic care.
At Grand Dental – Lockport, our team is ready to answer questions as they pertain to cosmetic dentistry. We understand our patients want the confidence of making the right decision, which is why we do our best to deliver clear answers that fully explain what to prepare for, how to maintain results, and which solutions are right for different types of patients. Below is a list of compiled questions and answers that we hope will serve as a starting point for anyone interested in undergoing cosmetic dental treatments.
Cosmetic dentistry is not typically covered by dental insurance; however, some cases are viewed as exceptions. Although they are few, a patient who requires a metal-free restoration may be able to seek coverage through their insurance company if the damage poses a threat to their oral health. The same can be said for veneers as well.
The only way to know if a person will be covered for cosmetic care is to review the policy. Some services such as teeth whitening and cosmetic bonding will likely never be covered but should there be an exception, it is important that all paperwork be filled out correctly to ensure it is approved and not denied.
Much like any other type of dental treatment, cosmetic care is a safe option as long as the patient is healthy. Also, having a cosmetic dentist with proper training is essential, as poor outcomes can stem from the “professional” lacking the experience needed to produce natural-looking results. During regular consultations, it is necessary that a thorough review of the individual’s oral and overall health history be discussed to avoid any possible problems that might otherwise be overlooked.
The only way to know if a person needs cosmetic dentistry is for them to evaluate their smile and determine if they are unhappy with its appearance. Once sitting in with a cosmetic dentist, our team can more thoroughly examine a person’s oral anatomy and identify problem areas that can easily be fixed with cosmetic care. Should one or more treatments be recommended, we will include them in a personalized treatment plan that the patient can review before agreeing to move forward with any type of treatment.
Cosmetic dental care, in most cases, is not designed to last forever. While there are exceptions (i.e., gum recontouring), veneers, teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding, metal-free restorations, and other services do require replacement after some time. How long your cosmetic results will last is ultimately up to how well the individual takes care of their smile at home. If they continue to practice good oral hygiene, keep their regular checkups and cleanings, eat healthy foods, avoid unhealthy habits, and wear proper mouth protection while playing sports, their brighter teeth or transformed smile can last for years to come.