Cosmetic dentistry are a variety of procedures that help to improve your smile, specifically, if your teeth happen to be damaged or stained. A course of treatment is developed in collaboration with you by cosmetic dentists. The treatment plan is typically personalized to meet your personal needs. The information provided below will assist you in learning more about the top 5 kinds of cosmetic dental procedures. Other dental procedures, in addition to those listed below, are also available.

Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

Dental Caps

Dental caps, most commonly known as dental crowns, covers and restores the contour, volume, strength, and look of a decaying or injured tooth. They are used to prevent a fragile tooth from fracturing, or to maintain a broken tooth, by keeping it intact. They also conceal deformed or badly stained teeth cosmetically. 

Dental Implants

A dental implant is a cosmetic dental procedure that connects with the jaw bone, to anchor a dental prosthetic, including a bridge, crown, etc. When executed properly, the connection between the implant and jaw bone remains in place. Because implants are long-lasting, frequent appointments with the dentist will not be necessary. 

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a basic and cost-effective solution that will enhance your smile. They can be whitened either in the dentist’s office or at home, using bleaching materials from the dentist. If you prefer to whiten at home, whitening toothpastes, strips, and rinses are sold over the counter in stores. Your dentist will provide you with information regarding the best products to use, when whitening at home.

Dental Bonding

A putty-like compound is administered to the teeth and solidified with laser or UV light. This allows the substance to adhere to the teeth. Afterwards, the teeth are clipped, shaped, and polished by your dentist. Bonding can be used to treat damaged or deformed teeth. It can also be used as a cosmetic option to substitute for silver fillings. 

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are specifically designed to encapsulate the teeth’s front surfaces. They are typically bonded, once a few pieces of enamel have been removed. This modifies the teeth’s length, shape, volume, and color. 

Will Cosmetic Dental Procedures Be Covered by Dental Insurance?

Cosmetic dentistry is not medically necessary and, therefore, are typically not covered by dental insurance. However, there are times when the distinction between what is cosmetic versus medically necessary is blurred. For instance, if someone has been in an accident, they may require dental work. The operation would be classified as a restorative procedure because the individual would need their teeth replaced. 

Dental insurance may cover cosmetic dentistry in the following circumstances:

-A cosmetic dentist uses veneers to treat teeth that are damaged or lost.

-Gum reshaping is done, during periodontal surgery, due to an injury or infection.

-Orthodontia is used to treat tooth movement caused by an accident or injury.

The following procedures are generally not covered by most insurance plans:

-Teeth whitening

-Removing gaps between the teeth that’s not caused by injury or an accident.

-Placement of veneers that are only for cosmetic purposes.

If your employer acquired these additional benefits for your dental plan, you may be covered for some cosmetic treatments. To be sure, either contact your benefits administrator or take a look at your dental coverage booklet.