Cosmetic Dentistry – Idaho Falls, ID
Revitalize Your Smile
and Your Self-Confidence
A beautiful smile can have life-changing, positive effects in your life and overall self-esteem. Cosmetic dentistry is a popular option for those looking to instantly improve their smiles.
As a trusted dentist in Idaho Falls, Dr. Cline knows that having a beautiful smile can provide an amazing amount of confidence. The thought of someone holding back a smile because they lack confidence is truly saddening to think about. We offer several cosmetic solutions to help our patients achieve their desired smile. Helping someone smile with confidence is something that brings us a lot of joy.
One of the major appeals of cosmetic dentistry is that it is fast and you can customize your smile so that it is something that you are truly proud of. Cosmetic dentistry in Idaho Falls, ID provides a lot of good solutions to getting your smile to look and function the way that you would like it to.
At Oxford Dental Care of Idaho Falls, Dr. Cline will help you every step of the way. We want you to choose the option that helps you achieve your ideal smile. We will always provide you with options and work together with you to choose the best one for your situation. This is one of the reasons that we are the dentist in Idaho Falls that people trust when they want quality cosmetic dentistry.
Why Choose Oxford Dental Care of Idaho Falls for Cosmetic Dentistry?
- Take-Home Whitening for Maximum Convenience
Porcelain veneers are a quick, painless, and permanent way to instantly enhance your smile. They’re an ideal option if you want to make your teeth whiter, straighter or even change the overall shape of your teeth.
Veneers are thin shells designed to cover the front surface of your tooth or teeth. They can be shaped to eliminate gaps or other cosmetic imperfections. Dental veneers are a great option if you are looking for a fast and permanent solution for cosmetic changes to your smile.
Veneers look completely natural and are a flexible solution because they can be applied to just one tooth or as many as you choose. Patients often turn to veneers when they want to whiten their teeth permanently as veneers are resistant to staining from coffee, tea, and cigarette smoke. They can also be a much faster alternative to braces.
Oxford Dental Care of Idaho Falls is your trusted partner for a smile makeover. If you’re looking to improve any aspect of your smile, Dr. Cline will perform a thorough evaluation to determine which cosmetic dentistry procedures will improve your smile to its true potential. Smile design, combined with quality care are two of our main focuses in our dental office!
A smile makeover can involve one or more of the following procedures:
- Dental Veneers
- Tooth Implants
- Composite Bonding
- Teeth Whitening
- Gum Contouring
- Cosmetic Crowns
- Dental Bridges
Unlike a normal cosmetic procedure, a smile makeover takes a comprehensive approach that is customized for your facial structure, skin tone, and even hair color. For example, instead of a one-size-fits-all approach to what constitutes a perfect smile, Dr. Cline, our Idaho Falls dentist, will tailor his approach and techniques for optimal tooth length, tooth proportions, and texture. Patients turn to Dr. Cline for smile makeovers to have a more youthful appearance. It’s also known that enhancing the shape of the teeth for certain facial types can even have a slimming effect!
Metal-Free Dental Crowns
Teeth that have sustained a large amount of damage can be replaced by porcelain crowns. These are thicker than veneers and they replace more of the natural tooth than a veneer would. Dental crowns can significantly enhance the look and function of your teeth in a short time frame. If your tooth’s structural integrity is compromised, a dental crown provides significant benefit over a normal filling.
We only recommend crowns when it is the best option for saving the tooth, or when it is what the patient wants. Luckily a nicely made dental crown can match a smile extremely well! Dental crowns are not just for covering discolored or poorly shaped teeth. They are also used to replace large fillings, protect teeth that are weak from breaking, restore fractured teeth, attach a bridge, cover implants, or cover teeth that have had a root canal.
Like many other people, you might think that changing the look of your smile requires making changes to your teeth. That is not actually the case. There are cases in which patients have gums that are covering too much tooth real estate. Gum contouring is effective in these cases as it restores a natural and symmetrical gum line. Changing the gum line can do a lot to change the look of a smile! This is a fairly simple procedure that can quickly enhance the look of your smile. If you feel like your smile shows too much or too little of your gums, this is probably a great procedure for you!
Gum contouring is a smile enhancement procedure designed for patients with gums that sit either too high or too low on the teeth. This procedure is also known as gum reshaping or tissue sculpting. It works to even out the gum line and make your smile more proportionate.
We use the latest techniques for fast healing and minimal discomfort for our cosmetic dentistry patients. The preparation and recovery for cosmetic gum surgery is fairly simple. The procedure can easily be done in a single visit and usually heals within a few days. Call us today to learn more.
As long as you have a strong tooth on either side of a missing tooth, that missing tooth can be replaced to look very natural with a porcelain bridge. This is one of the fastest and most permanent methods of tooth replacement. A dental bridge can look extremely natural when it is done correctly. If dental implants are not a good option for you, we always recommend looking into whether a bridge is a good option for you.
If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, Dr. Cline will work together with you to determine what the best option is to replace those teeth. Based on your feedback, we will help you come up with a plan to help you smile confidently!
Cosmetic Dental Bonding
Many people don’t know that there is a simple solution to many minor cosmetic imperfections. Composite bonding can be done in a single visit! Chipped teeth and small gaps can be fixed by attaching a resin to the surface of the tooth. This requires minimal drilling and can be a good option for enhancing your smile. Composite bonding is best for superficial imperfections that are not accompanied by decay. They are fast, natural looking and affordable!
Tooth Contouring & Reshaping
The shape of your teeth determines a great deal about the way your smile looks. Shaping teeth is something that a dentist can do quite easily. It is a simple and easy way to change the look of your smile to meet your desires.
A dentist can reshape a tooth fairly easily as long as the anatomy of the tooth allows it. This is a very inexpensive and quick way to improve the appearance of your smile.
Over time, your teeth can be exposed to darkly pigmented foods and drinks, such as dark soda, chocolate, coffee, and red wine. Stains can discolor your smile, making you appear older and less vibrant. Luckily, we offer Opalescence® take-home whitening kits, which are much stronger than anything you’ll find at the store. This professional-grade gel comes with custom trays that are fabricated to fit your teeth exactly, ensuring even coverage. Within two weeks, you could have a brighter smile by up to eight shades!
Understanding the Cost of Cosmetic Dentistry
For the most part, you aren’t going to be able to depend on dental insurance to pay for your cosmetic dental care. That being the case, many patients trying it for the first time are a little bit apprehensive about how they’re going to afford the cost of care.
Thankfully, there are plenty of options available to you that can fit your budget, and we’ll be happy to talk you through them when we meet you in person. Until then, here’s some information you may find useful about the cost of cosmetic dental care.
What Cosmetic Dental Service is Right for Me?
One of the primary variables in what your cosmetic dental treatment is going to cost is what treatments you get. There are several to pick from, each of them with their own specific uses and price point.
On the less expensive side there’s direct bonding, which allows patients to patch up chips, cracks, or discoloration within as little as a single appointment. Teeth whitening is also an affordable cosmetic dental treatment that can make a big difference in how you look.
If you’re willing to spend a little bit more, you can start to make sweeping changes to your smile with more encompassing dental treatments. Braces are a good example of a treatment that requires something of a financial investment. There are also veneers; they can change the color and shape of your smile in as little as two appointments, though they are often one of the most expensive cosmetic options you can get.
Cosmetic Dentistry Can Be An Investment Worth Making
If you’re a little put off of cosmetic dentistry by the price, it’s important to remember that you aren’t just throwing away your money. Instead, you’ve invested in a smile that you’ll be proud to show off to others, which will make measurable improvements in every aspect of your life. Just be sure to remember what you’re getting for what you spend, and you’ll be much happier with the treatment as a whole.
Discuss that while cosmetic dentistry can feel like a big financial commitment, it’s also an INVESTMENT that will pay dividends as time goes on. For patients who feel self-conscious about their smile, it can lead to amazing improvement for their confidence and sense of self-esteem, which can then lead to better relationships, better social life, better professional achievements, and better quality of life overall!
How to Make Cosmetic Dentistry Affordable
That said, it isn’t a given that cosmetic dentistry will break the bank. Just because this kind of dentistry isn’t going to be covered by insurance doesn’t mean that the treatment you’re after has to break the bank.
For one, we have several different in-house membership plans, each of which can afford substantial discounts on the care that you receive from us for a flat annual fee. We also accept financing through CareCredit, which can allow you to pay off the cost of care over several months, often with little-to-no interest.
All this is to say that you don’t have to spend all of your time stressing about finances; if you’re interested in cosmetic dentistry, give us a call and we’ll talk to you about the options available to you.
Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs
Even if you want cosmetic dentistry, perhaps you’re hesitant. There’s a good chance you have lingering concerns over how it works. (If so, fair enough – it’s best to know the facts on any treatments you get.) Luckily, our dental team is here to help: listed below are some popular cosmetic dental questions and their answers. If you read them, you should better grasp what our aesthetic options entail. For further details, feel free to call our office!
How Do I Know If I Need Cosmetic Dentistry?
If you aren’t happy with your grin’s looks, you’d likely benefit from cosmetic dentistry. The latter’s treatments can address all sorts of smile flaws.
Consider discolored teeth, for example. Tooth stains aren’t often fixed with store-bought whiteners. However, professional whitening can get the job done. You could also trust cosmetic dental bonding to hide stains from view.
Similarly, cosmetic dentists could fix your chipped or cracked teeth. They could cover damaged areas with dental crowns or veneers. Either of these restorations would hide the flaw and protect it from further harm.
Of course, the best way to confirm if cosmetic dentistry suits you is to consult Dr. Cline. He can suggest procedures based on your oral wants and needs.
Does Cosmetic Dentistry Hurt?
You may worry that cosmetic dentistry will hurt. (“Beauty is pain,” as one famous saying goes.) Truthfully, though, its procedures are painless. Dentists work to ensure treatment is smooth and comfy.
Firstly, most cosmetic dental services are non-invasive. For example, standard whitening and bonding services don’t need anesthetics. Their bleaching gel and resin (respectively) won’t irritate your mouth or cause discomfort.
Also, a dentist will numb your mouth before any invasive work. That way, you won’t feel anything as they shape your teeth for veneers or crowns. The most you’ll sense is some slight pressure as the dental team operates. (If you’d like, our office can even include sedation in your care to ease your nerves.)
How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Change Your Life?
While cosmetic work for teeth may seem needless, it can improve your life in various ways. You just need to consider its ripple effects.
For instance, it may prompt you to maintain your teeth better. That’s only natural - you wouldn’t want to lose your treatment results too soon. As such, you’d end up brushing, flossing, and seeing your dentist more often. These habits would lead to good oral health.
Once your smile is beautified, you’ll also show it off more. This action can boost your mood, lowering stress by raising your endorphin levels. Studies even suggest that frequent smiling boosts your immune system.
Is Cosmetic Dentistry Covered by Insurance?
Sadly, dental insurance won’t often cover cosmetic dentistry. It usually has the patient pay for aesthetic work wholly out-of-pocket.
You see, cosmetic dental options are elective procedures. They aren’t “medically necessary” and tend to be considered luxuries. Therefore, most dental plans won’t cover them. Doing so won’t help you afford a dearly-needed service.
That said, there are exceptions to this rule. A policy may cover cosmetic work if the latter has health perks. For instance, it may offer partial coverage if a veneer protects a damaged tooth. Similarly, gum recontouring might get covered if your gums were once infected. Given these facts, confirm your benefits before getting treatment. Our office can help you understand your plan, file paperwork, etc.
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