If there are cosmetic flaws in your smile that have always bothered you, there’s no need to force yourself to live with them. At Healthy Smiles Dental Care, you’ll find a wide variety of cosmetic treatments that can leave you feeling more confident about your smile than ever before. Call us today if you find that cracks, stains, and misshapen teeth keep catching your eye whenever you check your smile in the mirror; we can help you find a suitable solution to create the dazzling grin of your dreams with cosmetic dentistry in Lansing, MI.
Some cosmetic issues might seem more complex than others, but in many cases, there is a rather simple answer: just cover it up! A porcelain veneer is a thin shell that can be attached to the front of your teeth to hide a wide variety of cosmetic issues at once, making it an easy alternative to undergoing multiple treatments to solve each individual problem. Veneers are carefully shaded so that they match the natural color of your teeth, allowing them to blend in perfectly.
For a long time, crowns were only made from metal due to the strength and durability of the material. The obvious downside is that dark gray crowns tend to stand out among a row of white teeth. Today, you can get crowns that are completely metal free, instead being composed of dental porcelain. These restorations can be customized to match your other teeth, yet they can still stand up to all the rigors of biting and chewing that they’ll need to endure over the years.
Even minor imperfections can leave you worried about the appearance of your smile, but direct bonding gives us a quick fix for such minor issues. A putty-like substance known as composite resin is placed directly on the teeth, where it can be molded in order to hide discoloration, chips, and other issues. Once the necessary improvements are made, a special curing light is used to harden the resin in place in just a few minutes.
Everyone would like a brilliant smile, but the whitening products at the store often don’t work as well as you want them to. This is because sometimes the source of tooth discoloration has already penetrated the enamel. In order to remove it, you’ll need a professional’s help. Talk to us about scheduling a whitening procedure; depending on your preference, we can brighten your smile by several shades over the course of one appointment, or we can give you a professional-grade whitening kit to be used at home.
Your gums should never draw more attention than your teeth. An excessive amount of gum tissue can make your teeth appear short and stubby, leaving you with a very “gummy” smile. The gum recontouring process allows us to reshape the gums and expose more of the natural tooth hidden underneath, restoring balance to your grin. A similar process known as crown lengthening is performed when excessive tissue is preventing us from placing a dental restoration.
You don’t have to use your imagination to see what your smile will look like after cosmetic treatment; we can show you! First, we simply take a picture of your teeth as they are now. Then we use special software to alter the image and simulate the effects of a given treatment. You’ll be given a clear idea of what to expect after the procedure, and you can use the picture as a reference if you need extra time to decide whether or not to move forward with the process.
Do you want your smile to make a powerful impression on others? Would you like to have more self-confidence in professional and social situations? Of course! But you may not be sure whether cosmetic dentistry can get you to your dream smile or which procedure is best for you. Our team is happy to answer any questions you have. In fact, we’ve answered some of them here for your convenience! Check out our responses, and then contact our office to schedule your own consultation to get started.
When considering a patient for cosmetic dentistry, we first need to make sure that their smile is healthy enough. After all, resolving a cavity or gum disease takes priority over how your teeth look. With a healthy smile, most patients qualify for cosmetic work, but the only way to know for sure whether you do is to set an appointment with one of our dentists here at Healthy Smiles. Once we examine your mouth, we can determine which procedure(s) can help you achieve the look you want.
It depends on which treatment(s) you are doing. In some cases, such as when patients only do teeth whitening, you can see results in as quickly as one appointment. In others, especially if you are undergoing multiple procedures, the process may require several appointments. When you come into our Lansing office for your consultation, we’ll put together a detailed treatment plan. At that point, we can provide a clearer idea of the timing of treatment.
In general, dental insurance plans do not cover cosmetic dental work. However, our team is knowledgeable when it comes to insurance and can help you understand and maximize your coverage. In addition, we offer an in-house savings plan, which comes with 20 percent discount. Regardless, you may also qualify for financing and divide the cost of treatment into easy monthly payments.
That largely depends on you and how well you take care of your teeth. When you brush and floss daily and come to us regularly, we can make sure that your results stay beautiful and bright. At some point, you may require touchups or maintenance, but with diligent upkeep, you can enjoy a confident smile for many years to come.