If I want cosmetic dentistry, why should I choose a prosthodontist?

Though many dentists advertise cosmetic work, the American Dental Association does not recognize “cosmetic dentistry” as a specialty. Though many cosmetic dentists do excellent work, the lack of a recognized ADA designation means there are no set standards or educational requirements for practicing cosmetic dentistry.

Because of this, some of these dentists may not be qualified to address the complex needs of the patient seeking cosmetic dentistry. Prosthodontics is the only dental specialty that includes cosmetic restorative dentistry. Dentists earning an advanced prosthodontic degree must complete additional formal education after dental school, as well as maintain standards set by the American College of Prosthodontics. By choosing a prosthodontist, you can ensure your cosmetic procedure is performed by a dentist specially trained in all aspects of cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry.

What cosmetic procedures will I need to achieve my ideal smile?

This depends on your goals and the condition of your teeth and gums. For example, some patients with stained teeth can get the results they want from bleaching; other stains do not respond to bleach and may need veneers, crowns or other restorations. The same is true with issues such as crooked teeth, gaps or an uneven gum line. At your consultation, we can discuss your options, and we’ll work with you to achieve the results you want.

How long will my cosmetic procedure take?

Again, it depends on the procedure and the condition of your teeth. Many procedures, including ZOOM! whitening, veneers, composite restorations, gum lifts and some crowns, can be completed in two visits or less. Other procedures, such as orthodontics, implants, bridges and dentures, can take months. We will discuss timelines with you during your consultation.

How long will my new smile last?

With good care and dental hygiene, the results should last decades or more, especially crowns, veneers and implants. Teeth whitening procedures and gum surgery will need maintenance or touch-ups every so often.

Will insurance cover my cosmetic procedure?

If the procedures (such as composite fillings or porcelain crowns) are replacing old or failing dental work, insurance may cover all or part of the cost. For procedures that are not covered, we offer convenient financing through CareCredit and ChaseHealthAdvance, and we also accept most major credit cards.