Can you explain the difference between a simple dental restoration and cosmetic dentistry?
Restoring a tooth that is has fractured or decayed and is either in the back of the mouth or the front requires skill to do it properly. The biggest difference is that a patient looking for a cosmetic change has teeth that have not been affected. These teeth generally don’t need to be restored for dental health reasons. Therefore, taking good, healthy teeth a placing a restoration on them for purely cosmetic reasons requires more skill and confidence for the dentist.
What dental procedures fall under cosmetic dentistry?
It is any procedure that requires improving the smile of a patient. It could be direct composite fillings, veneers, crowns, or even implants.
What are the benefits of cosmetic dentistry?
Number one is improving a patient’s self-confidence. However, an added benefit that patients don’t often realize is that their function and bite can be improved.
When should you consider cosmetic dentistry?
When you look in the mirror and don’t like what you see. A person considering a cosmetic change should want the improvement for themselves not because they are told to do it.
Is cosmetic dentistry mostly for a specific age group or gender or do you see patients of all age groups and gender identities?
I have done smile improvements from age 14 to 83. Early on it was mostly women that asked for cosmetic changes. However, much more men now have smile makeovers today.
Is cosmetic dentistry permanent or do you need touch-up services? Nothing that is manmade can be forever.
Like our natural teeth, there is wear and tear over time. Restorations will need to be replaced. However, keeping current with maintenance visits with the hygienist goes a long way to increase the life span of these restorations.
Is cosmetic dentistry covered by insurance? Why not?
Typically, no. Because it’s not actually insurance but a benefit plan. Insurance companies only want to cover the minimal procedures needed to prevent loss of teeth, not improve the looks. If a tooth has decay or is fractured and is part of the smile makeover plan, then insurance may cover a percentage of that procedure.
How much does cosmetic dentistry cost?
It is based on the skill, experience, and qualifications of the practitioner and the amount of treatment that needs to be done.
How long does cosmetic dentistry last?
It is dependent on the patient’s bite forces, home care, and yearly maintenance visits with the hygienist. Overall, a reachable goal of longevity should be 15 – 20 years.
What can a patient expect from a typical consultation at Rinaldi Dental Arts?
It is important that we understand why the patient is seeking some sort of cosmetic change. From there we can have a discussion of some of the possibilities of what is available in cosmetic dentistry today. If the patient is considering moving forward with cosmetic treatment, we appoint the patient for records. This is a critical part of treatment. With specially mounted models, pictures and x-rays, we can customize a treatment plan for the patient and provide several options. It is important for the patient to have a complete picture of what their esthetic and functional downfalls may be.
Why should a patient visit Rinaldi Dental Arts instead of a general dentist for cosmetic dentistry?
Qualifications and experience. Also, the dedication of the entire dental team to deliver the highest 5-star patient care and experience.