Dentistry isn’t just about health and restoration. Cosmetic dental treatments can change your smile and your life! Cosmetic dentistry differs from general dentistry in that it is a combination of dental procedures that enhance a person’s appearance through aesthetic processes, rather than being solely based on health and the elimination of pain.
The purpose of cosmetic dental services isn’t to provide health care, even though it does benefit the gums and teeth by removing tartar and stains. Instead, the main objective of this branch of dentistry is to improve one’s appearance. In fact, more people are going in for cosmetic dental work than ever before.
Cosmetic Dental Veneers
Dental veneers, sometimes called porcelain laminates, are thin shells of tooth-colored material that cover the front side of your teeth. They’re designed to change their color and shape to resemble natural teeth. Cosmetic dental veneers require just two office visits: one for preparation and another for placement.
Temporary or permanent veneers can be used by those who want a whiter smile or to close small gaps between teeth. Dental veneers may be needed if you’ve had previous dentures and want an improved smile.
Teeth Whitening Services
Teeth whitening from a cosmetic dentist is a more effective way to get a brighter smile. If your teeth have become yellowed from drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes or eating staining foods and drinks, teeth whitening can often restore the gleam to your teeth.
Teeth Whitening – In-office Treatment
In addition to custom-made take-home kits, many dentists now offer professional teeth whitening in their Mesa AZ offices, including Elite Smiles! The process uses hydrogen peroxide gel that is applied directly onto the surface of the teeth. The entire treatment takes just over an hour and requires no numbing injections beforehand.
Is Cosmetic Dentistry Covered By Insurance?
Due to this type of dentistry being primarily cosmetic—therefore considered elective rather than necessary—it typically is not covered by insurance. Sometimes, however, depending on your insurance policy, you may be able to get a partial reimbursement.
Restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry are related but not identical. The difference is that restorative is necessary. It’s typically used to fix missing teeth, correct misalignment or gaps of the teeth, replace old crowns that are worn down, remove infected tooth roots (extractions), etc.
Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving your smile by changing how your teeth look through either minimally-invasive means of dental products or by changing the appearance of your natural teeth through traditional dental services like veneers.
Restorative dentistry does have cosmetic benefits and cosmetic dentistry can indirectly improve one’s health, but these are distinct.
Elite Smiles offers various restorative dental treatments including:
Metal-free Tooth Colored Fillings
These tooth colored fillings are beautifully matched to your natural tooth color. They require fewer treatments and last just as long, if not longer than traditional silver fillings.
Metal-free Dental Bridges & Crowns
Dental bridges and crowns restore your smile for a lifetime!
When two teeth need replacement, a dental bridge can maintain your smile and protect your natural teeth from damage.
All Ceramic Dental Implants
Dental implants are a safe and effective tooth replacement option.
Implants are custom-made posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. They provide a strong foundation for natural looking porcelain crowns and bridgework, and they require no adjustment and maintenance.
Metal-Free Dentures & Partials
We provide dentures and partials to replace missing teeth.
Metal-free, full dentures are a great option for patients with certain medical conditions. They are custom-made to fit comfortably in your mouth and provide natural-looking results that look like your natural teeth!
Holistic Dental Procedures for Your Overall Health
Elite Smiles provides holistic dental treatments. What this means is that we treat the whole person, not just their mouth. We take into account your dental history and your overall health during treatment planning to ensure that you are receiving all of the care you need for optimal oral health.
We avoid dental products that are not biocompatible (safe for your body) like amalgam (silver) fillings and metal implants. Instead, we choose biocompatible products like porcelain and full-ceramic. All of our materials contain no mercury, as mercury is toxic to the human body.
We also ensure a comfortable and relaxing experience for all of our customers! If you’re interested in cosmetic and restorative dental work from a dental office that values your overall health, contact Elite Smiles at (480) 924-5577 or fill out the form below!