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Cosmetic Dentist Makes Plano Smiles Shine Bright

Am I a Candidate for Cosmetic Dentistry?

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If you are embarrassed by your teeth and long to say goodbye to the stains, chips, cracks, and gaps that plague them, it may be time to consider cosmetic dentistry. Using one or more of the many options available at Antoon Family Dental, your dentist can easily hide, eliminate, or fix your cosmetic imperfections, leaving you feeling more confident and comfortable with the way you look. But how can you know if cosmetic treatment is right for you? Let our team explain ways you can tell if you’re ready to take the next step.

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What Kind of Impression is My Smile Making?

It’s no secret that your smile is most likely the first thing other people notice. Whether preparing for a job interview, meeting your boyfriend’s parents for the first time, or seeing a former high school classmate after 20 years, if your teeth don’t appear healthy, it can negatively impact the way others view you and your lifestyle.

An attractive smile can make a significant first impression. When your teeth appear free of damage and/or decay, you can expect others to view you as someone who takes care of their health, wellbeing, and who is maybe even quite intelligent. Not to mention, you may be able to increase your chances of landing that dream job because of your more youthful and professional appearance.

But even if you don’t have plans to switch jobs or meet your future in-laws for the first time, improving the look of your smile can dramatically increase your self-esteem. When you feel good about the way you look, you’ll naturally start to smile more often. As a result, your brain will receive a signal each time you smile, causing you to feel happier. This can make you more approachable to others and open greater opportunities you may not even realize are available to you.

Should I Consider Cosmetic Dentistry?

The first question you should ask yourself is, “Am I happy with my smile?” If the answer is no, you should consider cosmetic dentistry. While you may not know which method of treatment to pursue, you can count on a cosmetic dentist to help make the dream of a healthier, more beautiful smile a reality. Highly-skilled and trained to deliver exceptional results, Dr. Antoon can give you a smile that is not only more aesthetically pleasing but also functions better than before!

During an initial consultation, he will examine your smile and make notes of any problem areas you wish to address. Should you wish to correct any of the following problems, you may be eligible for treatment:

  • Missing teeth
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Gapped or misaligned teeth
  • Stained or discolored teeth

Which Cosmetic Treatments Are Right For Me?

As we mentioned earlier, this is where Dr. Antoon and our team can work with you to determine if one or more of our available treatments are right for you. Depending on your smile goals and the problem areas you wish to remedy, you may be suitable for:

  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Metal-Free Restorations
  • Direct Bonding

Schedule Your Appointment Today!

No matter where you are in your cosmetic dentistry decision-making process, Dr. Antoon and our team at Antoon Family Dental are ready to help you take the next step. By calling and scheduling an appointment with us today, you can be well on your way to enjoying a healthier, more vibrant smile that allows you to exude the confidence you deserve.

Porcelain Veneers

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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.

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Metal-Free Restorations

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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

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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.

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Teeth Whitening

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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.

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Understanding the Cost of Cosmetic Dentistry

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It’s a common belief that cosmetic dentistry is too expensive for the average person, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. You don’t have to be rich or famous to improve your smile. Various factors affect the cost of cosmetic dentistry in Plano, which means there’s a solution to fit your budget. Dr. Antoon will create the personalized plan you need for a picture-perfect smile that won’t cost you an arm or a leg.

Which Cosmetic Dental Service Is Right for Me?

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No two mouths are the same, and everyone has different goals. As a result, the amount you’ll pay is based on your individual treatment plan, like the complexity of your case and the type of procedure. After examining your mouth and learning more about your concerns, your cosmetic dentist in Plano will review all your options, which can include:

Cosmetic Dentistry Can Be an Investment Worth Making

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A beautiful smile is associated with youth, success, and confidence. Improving your teeth can give you the boost of confidence you need to be more outgoing and happier. Research has found that an attractive smile is more appealing to employers, which can lead to new job opportunities. Not to mention, correcting certain issues can improve your oral health. As a result, you can save money down the road by avoiding preventable dental work. Cosmetic dentistry is an investment in yourself and your future because the benefits of a stunning smile are priceless.

How to Make Cosmetic Dentistry Affordable

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A member of our team will discuss your estimate and review your payment options, so you’ll know exactly what you’ll have to pay before committing to anything. We offer many solutions to keep cosmetic dentistry affordable, including:

If you are ready to invest in the smile of your dreams, contact our office today to request your consultation.

  • Porcelain Veneers: A veneer is a customized shell that’s bonded to the front side of a tooth to enhance its color, size, and shape. When bonded to the teeth visible when smiling, they correct multiple concerns using a minimally invasive procedure for a cost-effective option.
  • Metal-Free Restorations: All-ceramic materials are used to craft restorations that look natural to blend in with your real teeth.
  • Direct Bonding: A composite resin is shaded to match the color of your enamel to fix minor aesthetic flaws.
  • Teeth Whitening: Turn back the clock and get your teeth up to 8 shades whiter using a professional whitening system.
    • Traditional Payments: Our office accepts cash, checks, and credit cards.
    • Dental Insurance: Often, elective services aren’t covered by dental insurance unless they are medically necessary. We will help you maximize any appropriate benefits.
    • In-Office Discount Plan: Enjoy discounted rates for common services after joining our in-house membership plan.
    • Financing: Based on your credit approval, pay for your new smile using monthly installments with little or no interest.
    • Special Offers: Ask us about any ongoing patient promotions.

Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs

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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)
  • Consultation
  • Anesthesia/Sedation

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:

  • 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, veneers, or direct bonding, you’ll be well on your way to seeing a fully transformed smile in no time at all.

Are There Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures That Are Suitable for Children or Teenagers?

There are numerous reasons why a child or teenager may want to improve the appearance of their smile. Many young people want to enhance socialization, self-esteem, and confidence. Depending on their age and developmental stage of their smile, some cosmetic procedures may be suitable for specific problems. For instance, if your child or teen chipped their tooth playing sports, dental bonding could be a good solution to repair and reshape their tooth. If your child has concerns regarding the appearance of their smile, schedule an appointment with us. This way, we can suggest the most appropriate action based on their age, oral condition, and desires.

What Should I Expect at an Initial Consultation for a Smile Makeover?

During this appointment, Dr. Antoon will perform a full assessment to determine the health of your smile and to put together a plan to help you achieve your smile goals. This is a good time to bring in inspiration photos to show us exactly what you have in mind. This is the perfect opportunity to get on the same page about your goals and what you can expect your results to look like. During your consultation, we will discuss the timeline and the financial aspects of your treatment.

What Causes the Discoloration of a Tooth?

There are a variety of factors that can lead to tooth discoloration. As you age, the teeth can become more brittle, allowing for additional staining and yellowing. Some foods and beverages can stain the outer layers of your teeth. Some of the most common culprits out there are red sauces, red wine, tea, coffee, and chocolate. It’s also important to avoid using tobacco products. In addition to being harmful for your body, they cause yellowing and browning of the teeth.

Why Is Cosmetic Dentistry So Popular?

For most of the history of dentistry, the focus was on preventing and treating dental problems. However, in the last few decades, modern techniques and technology, as well as better knowledge of proper oral health in the general population, have led to the average person having better dental health. This gives more people the opportunity to focus on the appearance of their teeth instead of just fixing damage. Cosmetic services have also become more affordable over the years, so they aren’t just reserved for the wealthy and famous.