What are the benefits of cosmetic dentistry?
Procedures used in cosmetic dentistry provide several benefits:
- Proper alignment of your teeth
- Whiter, brighter smile
- Natural looking teeth
- Aesthetic corrections: Reshaping teeth, eliminating gaps, cracks, and chips
Teeth that have been damaged or discolored can have their appearance restored. Whitening procedures can brighten your smile, while veneers can be used to provide a more natural, symmetrical appearance.
Dr. Gundersen can restore your natural appearance with a single cosmetic procedure if an accident has caused cracked or chipped your teeth. He is capable of correcting minor abnormalities that can detract from your appearance. Dr. Gundersen’s creativity and artistic abilities enable him to envision what you will look like after the procedure allowing him to use the tools cosmetic dentistry offers to help you achieve the look you desire.
What types of procedures are included in cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry includes any type of procedure that enhances and beautifies your appearance. These include:
- Teeth whitening procedures
- Crowns and bridges
- Invisalign system
While cosmetic procedures aren’t restorative, they can help to enhance your overall appearance. Cosmetic procedures are able to correct minor abnormalities and imperfections that can detract from your smile. Many of the procedures are minimally invasive and have a very short recovery time.
When are cosmetic procedures covered by insurance?
In most cases, cosmetic procedures are considered to be elective and aren’t covered by insurance. If you have had significant corrective surgery and a cosmetic procedure is used to create a more natural appearance, insurance may pay for your procedure. If it was performed as part of a restorative procedure, Dr. Gundersen may be able to appropriately bill the insurance company and list the procedure as a necessity instead of an elective.
A good example of this is correcting the damage that was the result of a disfiguring accident. Once the structural abnormalities have been corrected, a cosmetic procedure may be required to restore your natural appearance. Dr. Gundersen will be able to answer your questions on these types of procedures and offer sound advice on what options will be most beneficial.