Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is not one of the specialty areas recognized by the American Dental Association, but the term is commonly used to refer to procedures that can be undertaken to improve appearance. It includes relatively simple procedures such as teeth whitening, bleaching and veneers, but also more extensive procedures, such as braces and dental bridges to replace a missing tooth. Many of the dentists that practice cosmetic dentistry have special training in one of the specialties (there are nine) that the American Dental Association recognizes, such as prosthodontics (replacing missing teeth) or orthodontics (braces), but many others do not. Depending upon the cosmetic procedure you are considering, it would be prudent to find out how much advanced training your cosmetic dentist has undertaken.

Cosmetic dentists are dental professionals who choose to focus their practice on the improvement of aesthetics. Because most (but certainly not all) cosmetic procedures are designed to improve appearance, few insurance plans offer significant coverage. It is important to talk to your cosmetic dentist about payment plans and personalized financing so that you can afford your dream smile.

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