Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs By Byron J Nordhus D.D.S. on July 31, 2022

Woman with an attractive smileMany people schedule routine dental exams and cleanings to preserve and protect the health of the smile. These services are beneficial, but they don’t always prevent aesthetic blemishes. It is common for cosmetic imperfections like discoloration, dental stains, and superficial damage to compromise the appearance of the smile.

The team of dentists at DentaCare Group, in Edmonton, AB, are happy to offer a comprehensive range of cosmetic dentistry treatments to enhance the appearance of the smile. Before considering cosmetic dentistry services, people often want more information. Here, our dental team provides answers to some cosmetic dentistry FAQs to give patients a better understanding of this dental field.

What Is the Goal of Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry treatments are intended to address aesthetic flaws to enhance the natural beauty of the smile. These services correct superficial imperfections that impact the appearance of the smile, but not necessarily oral health, strength, or function. Although the primary goal of cosmetic dentistry is to improve aesthetics, many treatments also support good oral health.

What Are Some of the Most Common Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments?

There are a wide range of cosmetic dentistry treatments, each meant to correct address areas of concern for our Edmonton patients. Some enhance the color of the teeth and eliminate signs of dental stains, while others address minor structural flaws or superficial dental damage. Some of the most common cosmetic dentistry treatments include:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Cosmetic dental bonding
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Dental crowns
  • Invisalign
  • Dental implants

Are Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments Painful?

Any time a patient is considering dental treatment that goes beyond a routine cleaning, it is natural for them to worry if the procedure will be painful. Patient comfort is a top priority at our dental practice. Most cosmetic dentistry treatments are pain-free and can be performed without the use of anesthetic. However, if our Edmonton patients begin to experience discomfort, or if a procedure has the potential to cause pain, we are happy to offer local or general anesthetic to ensure that they remain completely comfortable while under our care.

How Much Does Cosmetic Dentistry Cost?

The cost of cosmetic dentistry varies based on each patient’s specific treatment plan. Treatment cost is affected by the type of procedures performed and the extent of treatment that is needed, for example, are multiple teeth being treated? Costs can range from a few hundred dollars up to thousands of dollars. A cosmetic dentistry consultation is the only way to get an accurate cost estimate.

Does Dental Insurance Provide Coverage for Cosmetic Dentistry Services?

Cosmetic dentistry treatments are generally considered elective, so most dental insurance plans do not provide coverage for these services. However, if a treatment plan involves procedures, like dental crowns, that also address oral health issues, some insurance coverage may apply. In either case, our dental practice helps patients consider payment plans and other financial options that allow them to fit cosmetic dentistry costs within their budget.

What if I Have Multiple Cosmetic Flaws That Require Treatment?

As much as someone may want to improve the appearance of their smile, they sometimes don’t look into cosmetic dentistry treatment because they are afraid that their smile is beyond repair. This is not the case. Even when a person has multiple cosmetic flaws that need to be addressed, cosmetic dentistry treatment can help. Our dentists offer smile design treatment, which combines multiple cosmetic dentistry treatments to address aesthetic flaws such as:

  • Tooth discoloration
  • Dental stains
  • Gapped teeth
  • Orthodontic issues
  • Chipped, cracked, or fractured teeth
  • Missing teeth

Contact Us

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, the dentists at DentaCare Group can customize a cosmetic dentistry treatment plan to restore its beauty so that you are proud to share it with others. To learn more about these services, contact our dental practice online or call (780) 428-6846 to schedule an appointment.

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​Dr. Byron J. Nordhus

Nordhus Dentistry

Dr. Byron J. Nordhus strives to provide the highest level of comprehensive dental care at his Wichita, KS, practice, while treating his patients like family. He uses advanced materials, treatments, and technology to make dental procedures as effective and painless as possible. Affiliations include:

  • Academy of Laser Dentistry
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Association 

To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us at (316) 721-6730.

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