Cosmetic Dentistry Makes Plano Smiles Shine Bright
These days, there is no reason you have to live with a smile you are not fully confident about. Whether you have minor imperfections that take away from your smile in a big way or have sustained significant damage that is very noticeable, cosmetic dentistry from Dr. Sam Antoon can help you love your smile again. Your Plano dentist is pleased to offer a number of popular cosmetic services from porcelain veneers to dramatic teeth whitening and more.
Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-shaped restorations that cover the front side of the teeth that show when you smile. They can be used to improve the appearance of healthy teeth affected by just about any cosmetic imperfection you can imagine, from chips and cracks to severe stains and gaps. Dr. Antoon will listen to your smile goals, evaluate your teeth and overall facial features, and put together a treatment plan that suits your needs to a T.
For damaged front teeth, you need a solution that is as beautiful as it is sturdy and long-lasting. Forget about a metal restoration that will take away from the appearance of your smile — instead, Plano dentist Dr. Antoon offers metal-free restorations. Dental crowns and bridges made out of dental porcelain blend flawlessly with your surrounding tooth enamel, and they can be expected to last as long as those made of visible gold or metal alloys.
Direct bonding is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure in which Dr. Antoon uses biocompatible composite resin (the same material used in tooth-colored fillings) to rebuild and reshape missing or damaged tooth enamel. Chipped, broken, and irregularly shaped teeth can all be beautifully restored using this method, which can often be completed in a single visit to the dentist’s office. For many people, direct bonding can also provide a more affordable, non-invasive alternative to porcelain veneers.
Professional teeth whitening erases the stains left behind by what you eat and drink every day — and it does so much faster and far more effectively than any treatment you can pick up at the pharmacy. In fact, Zoom! Whitening can brighten your teeth by up to 8 shades in a single visit. To achieve your whitest smile, your Plano dental team will apply the high powered gel to the surface of the teeth that show when you smile and activate it under a special light.
Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs
You want to improve the look of your smile but aren’t sure how to go about achieving your desired look. It’s a common problem but one that a cosmetic dentist in Plano at Antoon Family Dental can easily remedy. But before you rush in to start looking at before and after photos of satisfied clients, why not spend some time reviewing a list of frequently asked questions about cosmetic dentistry to better familiarize yourself with what you can expect.
Does my dental insurance cover cosmetic dentistry?
Most dental insurance companies will not cover cosmetic dentistry; however, there are exceptions that may make it so that your insurance plan covers some aspects of your treatment, including:
- Dental restorations (i.e. crowns, fillings)
Should you require restorative dentistry in addition to cosmetic treatment, you might get lucky in regard to your insurance company picking up part of the bill, but don’t go in hoping for this scenario. Remember, the more work you need to have done, the higher the cost, so if all you really want is veneers placed on a few teeth, don’t hope that something more problematic will be added to your treatment plan.
Will cosmetic dentistry improve my oral health?
There is no doubt that whatever type of cosmetic procedure you have completed, your oral health will most certainly benefit. Whether it is hiding cracks, chips, stains, or gaps in your smile, the chances of developing tooth decay, gum disease, or another dental problem are significantly reduced once you address them with cosmetic dentistry.
How long does each treatment take?
It is natural that one of your questions might be to ask how long a particular treatment or procedure might take. Depending on what you choose, treatment timelines can vary, such as:
- Porcelain Veneers: To receive porcelain veneers, it will take at least two visits. During the first, your dentist in Plano will take impressions of your smile and send them off to a dental lab where technicians will work to create your custom shells. Once they are ready, you will return to have them put into place.
- Metal-Free Restorations: There are various types of dental restorations, so depending on which one you have placed, it can take anywhere from one to two appointments. A traditional filling takes only one visit while a dental bridge or crown can take two or more.
- Direct Bonding: Only requiring one visit to our office, our team will use a composite resin that is matched to your natural tooth color to place over the imperfection, ensuring it lays flat and adheres perfectly to the surface of your tooth.
- Teeth Whitening: If you want teeth that are whiter in about an hour, Zoom! Whitening performed in-house can brighten your pearly whites up to 8 shades in one single visit!
Am I a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry?
While you might assume that everyone is eligible for cosmetic dentistry, that is simply (and unfortunately) not true. In most cases, individuals who have one or more cosmetic flaws in their smile will be eligible to receive cosmetic treatment; however, if a person’s oral and overall health are not in the best of shape, it may be necessary to hold off on any type of cosmetic procedure. If after an examination is complete our team recommends you for teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, or direct bonding, you’ll be well on your way to seeing a fully transformed smile in no time at all.