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Cosmetic Dentistry FAQ's

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Advanced dental technology makes it possible for a cosmetic dentist to help you improve your smile through cosmetic dentistry. It may be overwhelming to decide which route to take because you may not be aware of the options available. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about cosmetic dentistry.

Why would I need cosmetic dentistry?

While no one ‘needs’ cosmetic dentistry, it can really improve some people’s quality of life, making them feel happy, confident, and limitless. Cosmetic Dentistry would be something to consider if you ever feel like your teeth are holding you back from sharing cherished moments with your peers like laughing and smiling. If you’re unhappy with the way your teeth appear, and tend to cover your mouth to hide them, then you may feel cosmetic dentistry is necessary.

Why should I choose Zoom teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening systems sold over-the-counter are not as strong as the systems that cosmetic dentists have in the office. The whitening trays that your cosmetic dentist provides are personally fabricated for your mouth, and the whitening solutions are significantly stronger than the ones you find at drug stores. You will save time having your teeth professionally whitened with a dentist and enjoy better results. Don’t waste your time and money on products that don’t work. Teeth whitening monitored by a cosmetic dentist will make your ideal tooth shade more attainable.

Why should I choose Zoom teeth whitening?

ZOOM! teeth whitening products are safe and effective, and show the fastest results for tooth whitening on the market today. Some people who have used ZOOM! have noticed a difference in the shade of their teeth immediately, while most people have noticed a difference only two or three times after using the product. ZOOM! products focus on safely whitening your smile as quickly as possible.

What are veneers?

Veneers are very thin shells that are custom made for you and bonded to the front surface of your teeth. Usually only placed on front (anterior) teeth, veneers are made of porcelain and are used to change a tooth’s appearance whether it is by color, shape, or size. This restoration is common when someone has a discolored tooth (maybe from a root canal), which can never be whitened with tooth whitening systems. Other reasons why a patient would get veneers are due to chipped, broken, uneven, or worn down teeth.

What are crowns and caps?

Crowns, also referred to as caps, are exactly what they sound like. They are ‘tooth hats’ that are bonded over the whole tooth (unlike veneers that are only bonded to the front). Just like veneers, crowns are custom made for your mouth. This restoration is achieved by shortening the length and width of the tooth (turning it into a nub, for lack of a better term), so that a porcelain crown can fit around it nicely. Crowns are used to restore teeth that is too damaged for a white filling, and help the teeth stay strong with a nice appeal. If multiple teeth are crowned right next to each other, the crowns might be attached in one piece, which is called a fixed bridge. A cosmetic dentist would recommend a crown over a veneer if there is not enough healthy tooth structure left.

Will my insurance cover cosmetic dentistry?

The cost of procedures that are done purely for cosmetic reasons, meaning done without the tooth being broken, decayed, or unhealthy, are not covered by insurance companies because it is not medically necessary. However, we understand dental fees can sometimes be overwhelming, so we happily accept major credit cards and offer payment plans through CareCredit.

These are the most popular frequently asked questions we receive here at White Plains Dental, however every patient is different and we treat our patients with their own custom treatment plan. We hope that this information is helpful, and should you have any other questions, make an appointment for a dental consultation.

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