What Is Cosmetic Dentistry? By Jeffery Hennigan, DDS on June 02, 2023

woman with an attractive smilMany people regularly go to the dentist for routine dental exams and cleanings. And most don’t hesitate to schedule a dental appointment when they suffer oral pain, tooth loss, or other dental complications. However, not everyone takes full advantage of the services offered by cosmetic dentistry.

Cosmetic dentistry is an essential branch of the dental field. Cosmetic dentistry addresses superficial flaws to enhance the smile’s appearance. Cosmetic dentistry treatments allow individuals to enjoy their smile’s full aesthetic potential. In this post, individuals in the Lake CharlesLADeQuincy, LA, and SulphurLA, areas can learn more about cosmetic dentistry and the services offered at Lake Area Dentistry.

What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Just as the medical field has different branches and areas of expertise, so does the field of dentistry. Preventive dentistry encompasses services and treatments to protect oral health and prevent dental complications. Restorative dentistry refers to treatments that address dental damage and other complications to restore oral health. Cosmetic dentistry focuses on treating imperfections that detract from the smile’s beauty. 

Cosmetic dentistry services do not always improve oral health (though some have health benefits) but can be just as beneficial to patients. Cosmetic dentistry treatments enhance the smile so that individuals feel confident about its appearance and are eager to share it with others. 

Dental Blemishes Treated by Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is a versatile field with numerous types of treatments and procedures. Cosmetic dentistry treatment plans can be personalized to address each patient’s unique concerns and desires. Some of the dental blemishes that can be treated with cosmetic dentistry services include:

  • Dental stains
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Gapped teeth
  • Small or misshaped teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Poor tooth alignment
  • Chips, cracks, and fractures

Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments

Each person has their own cosmetic concerns and aesthetic goals for their smile. Our dentists work with patients to create a personalized treatment plan that makes their goals a reality. Many cosmetic dentistry treatments address multiple problems, so patients may get the results they desire from a single dental procedure. However, cosmetic dentistry treatments can easily be combined, as necessary, to fully makeover the smile. Popular cosmetic dentistry treatments offered at our dental practice include:

  • Professional teeth whitening
  • Dental bonding
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Dental crowns
  • Invisalign®

Paying for Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment

One of the reasons people do not always take advantage of the benefits provided by cosmetic dentistry treatments is that they worry about its cost. Cosmetic dentistry treatments are generally considered elective procedures, so dental insurance typically does not provide coverage for these services. However, insurance may cover the cost of preparatory care leading up to cosmetic dentistry treatment. Our dental team is happy to work with patients to explore insurance benefits and financing options to make cosmetic dentistry care an affordable option.

Contact Us

Everyone deserves to enjoy a smile that makes them feel attractive and confident. If cosmetic blemishes are preventing you from seeing your smile’s full potential, cosmetic dentists at Lake Area Dentistry would be happy to customize a cosmetic dentistry treatment plan. To discuss your goals with our dental team, send us a message and schedule an appointment.

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The dentists at our family-friendly practice use the latest technology and techniques to enhance your care. We are proud to be affiliated with the:

  • American Dental Association
  • Louisiana Dental Association

Set up your first appointment by requesting a consultation or calling our Lake Charles office at (337) 478-8470.

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