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What Exactly Is Cosmetic Dentistry?


It’s that one seemingly innocent little word that has the potential to cause so much hesitation when it comes to taking care of our teeth: "cosmetic." Cosmetic dentistry might not sound like something for everyone, especially those who already have a healthy, beautiful smile. But believe it or not, cosmetic dentistry isn’t just for people with imperfect teeth. Cosmetic dentistry is for everyone - and it encompasses a wide variety of different procedures.

So, what is considered cosmetic dentistry, anyway?

The umbrella of cosmetic dentistry is a vast one. It can mean anything from slightly adjusting the position of teeth with aligners, to whitening the teeth with bleach, to veneers, dentures, crowns and even surgical procedures like gum-lifts. In fact, even people with beautiful, healthy smiles can benefit from a cosmetic dentistry refresher every once in awhile. After all, who wouldn’t like a brighter smile?

Common Misconception: Cosmetic Dentistry Is Too Expensive

Many people hear the words cosmetic dentistry and assume their dental insurance won’t cover it, and they won’t be able to afford it out of pocket, either. But unlike cosmetic procedures in other fields of medicine, cosmetic dentistry may be covered by insurance, depending on the procedure.

If you fall and chip your tooth, chances are that getting that chipped spot replaced with a filling may be at least partially covered by your insurance. Is your bite off, causing you dental pain? Straightening your teeth might be covered if you have orthodontic coverage. In fact, veneers may even be covered by some policies depending on why they are needed. Certain antibiotics can cause permanent tooth discoloration, and people born with enamel defects often require veneers or bonding to not just improve the look of their teeth, but also to protect them from further damage.

How Long Do Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures Take?

It depends on the procedure. Braces can take anywhere from several weeks to several years, and veneers don’t take long to apply but require patience while they’re being created. Dental bonding can usually be done in one visit, and whitening treatments can be done on short notice in-office, or they can even be done at home with a medical-grade whitening kit available at Dr. Simpson’s office.

If you need anything - from something as minor as a brighter smile to more extensive straightening or repair work - give Dr. Simpson’s office a call at (910) 550-3959 to discuss your options.

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