Your smile is one of the most powerful features you have. It dictates your mood, your confidence and more. Not only is your smile one of the first things people will notice about you, it creates a lasting impression and has the ability to impact the way others feel. Everyone wants a beautiful smile but some of us need help achieving that flawless look we desire. Cosmetic dentistry does just that and more.

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic Dentistry is often defined by dentists as any type of dental work that is meant to improve the appearance of teeth, gums and bite. While cosmetic dentistry is often known for its aesthetics purposes such as teeth whitening or braces, there are many functional purposes as well including altering the position, shape, size, and alignment of the teeth. Some Cosmetic Dental procedures offered here at Guilliot Family Dentistry include bonding, composite fillings, porcelain work, teeth whitening, and crowns/veneers

By improving the look of your smile, there are many other benefits! Some of the Most Common types of Cosmetic Dentistry and their Benefits are: 

-Professional Teeth Whitening: Guaranteed results, safer and comfortable treatments, healthier smile, better self esteem, personalized treatment, 

Veneers: Can cover chips, cracks and discoloration, require little enamel removal, can prevent tooth discoloration, can increase confidence in your smile, low maintenance. 

-Boding: Repair small chips in teeth, chipped teeth, small gaps in teeth or misshapen teeth

-Invisible Aligners: Straighten crooked or unaligned teeth, more comfortable than metal braces, removable

-Braces:  Reduce bad breath, improves digestion, helps with pronunciation, prevents tooth injury, oral health risks, saves time and money.

Is Cosmetic Dentistry Necessary? 

As mentioned above, cosmetic dentistry is known by the general public as procedures solely meant to improve the aesthetics of your smile, but cosmetic dental procedures often serve a very important purpose in the overall quality of your oral health. Depending on your certain situation, cosmetic dental procedures can be necessary in reducing pain caused by crowded teeth, chipped or cracked teeth, and even pain caused from everyday activities like eating due to misaligned bite. In addition to the aesthetic and functional benefits, cosmetic dentistry can also eliminate future dental problems.

Does insurance cover cosmetic dental procedures?

The answer to this question is dependent upon the procedure you are having done and your unique circumstances. Cosmetic dental procedures are typically referred to as elective by most insurance companies. This means that they do not deem the dental work necessary. Dental insurance typically only covers medically-necessary procedures, so some cosmetic dental procedures may be covered while others may not. If the procedure you are having done is medically necessary to reduce pain or correct oral issues that are causing other dental problems, there is a chance your insurance may cover it. Most dentists also use restorative procedures for cosmetic purposes such as porcelain crowns, dental implants, or veneers. Restorative dentistry is typically deemed medically necessary so these types of procedures are likely covered. It is always best to check with your insurance company prior to getting the work done as well as discuss with your dentist how they will be coding the insurance claim.

If you are looking to have cosmetic dental work done to improve the overall quality of your smile, contact Guilliot Family Dentistry today. Guilliot Family Dentistry can assist you in acquiring the results you desire to achieve a flawless smile you are proud to show off!