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Woodbridge Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is the branch of dentistry that aims to improve the aesthetics of your smile. By correcting discolorations, alignment, spacing, and the shape and size of your teeth, cosmetic dental treatments can give you a beautiful, engaging smile. At Lifetime Dental Care, our experienced in-house cosmetic dentist, Dr. Leonard, will be overseeing and performing your cosmetic procedures. Lifetime Dental Care offers the following cosmetic dental treatments:

 

  • Composite Bonding: restores broken, chipped, and discolored teeth with composite resin
  • Dental Implants: artificial tooth roots that replace missing teeth
  • Dental Veneers: adhesive shells that correct gaps, cracks, chips, and discoloration, and are bonded to the front surface of your teeth
  • Inlays or Onlays: specialized fillings that restore decayed tooth structure
  • Teeth Whitening: specialized procedure that removes stains and brightens your smile

 

woman with flawless white smile on flowered background

 

Did You Know?

Although cosmetic dentistry is primarily valued for its aesthetic benefits, correcting certain issues, such as alignment and the removal of stains, can actually increase your overall dental health. It can also help to keep your teeth cleaner in the future, which decreases your chances of developing tooth decay.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Am I a candidate for cosmetic dentistry?

You may be a candidate for cosmetic dentistry if you want to improve your smile through changing the appearance of your teeth and mouth. Cosmetic dentistry can correct missing or damaged teeth, gaps between your teeth, or teeth that have become discolored. To find out if you are a candidate for cosmetic dental services, schedule a consultationwith Dr. Leonard of Lifetime Dental Care today!

 

Which cosmetic dental treatment is right for me?

To figure out which cosmetic dental treatment is right for you, consider asking yourself the following questions:

  • What do I want to change about my smile(color, alignment, spacing, shape & size of teeth)?
  • If I could only change one thing, what would it be?
  • Do I have damaged or missing teeth?
  • What is my budget?
  • How long am I willing to commit to treatment?

These questions can get you started on thinking about your treatment goals, which is an important part to deciding which treatment will work best for you. Dr. Leonard will also help you select an ideal cosmetic dental procedure for your treatment goals and individual dental needs.

 

What can I expect when undergoing cosmetic dental treatment at Lifetime Dental Care?

 

At Lifetime Dental Care, we offer in-house cosmetic dental treatments with our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Leonard. This means all your treatments will be performed in the comfort of your usual dental office and there is no need to be referred elsewhere. Lifetime Dental Care also utilizes state-of-the-art cosmetic dental procedures and equipment, so Dr. Leonard will be able to preserve more of your natural tooth structure.

Your specific expectations for your dental procedure will depend upon which procedure you and Dr. Leonard agree to move forward with. Prior to any treatment, Dr. Leonard will explain the various expectations of your treatment and answer any questions you may have. At your consultation, Dr. Leonard will also make recommendations for ideal cosmetic dental treatments to help you find the perfect treatment for your goals and dental needs.

Before and after cosmetic dentistry

What can I expect after undergoing cosmetic dental treatment at Lifetime Dental Care?

Your post-treatment expectations will also be determined by the type of cosmetic treatment you decide on. Depending on the extent and type of your treatment, you may be required to follow certain instructions after your procedure. These instructions vary by procedure, but generally include thing such as taking medications, keeping the treatment site clean, modifying your dental care routine, eating a soft diet, and restricting your activities. The anticipated aftercare guidelines for your dental treatment will be discussed with you prior to undergoing the procedure.

After the initial recovery process is complete, if necessary, you will need to maintain your cosmetic dental results by practicing good oral hygiene. A good oral hygiene routine consists of twice daily brushing for two minutes with a fluoridated toothpaste, once daily flossing, and semi annual visits to Lifetime Dental Care for your routine checkup and professional cleaning.

 

After receiving cosmetic dentistry, how long will the effects last?

The effects of your cosmetic dental treatment will depend on the type of cosmetic dental treatment. Some treatments, such as teeth whitening will need to be repeated every so often to maintain their results, while others, such as dental veneers, will only require replacement when they wear down. The expected lifespan of your cosmetic dental treatment is another thing you will want to take into account when deciding on a treatment.

Keep in mind that certain cosmetic dental treatments are intended to be temporary, while others are intended to be permanent. An example of a permanent cosmetic treatment is something that has irreversible effects, such as a dental crown or veneers. These are considered permanent because the structure of your teeth must be irreversibly altered for their placement.

No matter whether the treatment is temporary or permanent, it is highly important to maintain good dental habits to keep your results lasting longer. Just like your natural teeth, teeth restored through cosmetic dentistry are still susceptible to damage, so you will want to avoid things like chewing ice, biting your nails, smoking, and using your teeth as an opener.

 

How much will cosmetic dentistry cost me?

 

The cost of your cosmetic dentistry will depend upon the treatment you select and the extent of said treatment. Unfortunately because cosmetic dentistry is labeled as “elective” most dental insurance companies will not provide coverage for some types of treatment. However, for certain types of treatments, such as composite fillings, they may offer a partial allowance. There are also financing options available to help you get the dental care you need.

Another thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of cosmetic dentistry is that certain options may have lower upfront costs, but require more maintenance and replacement. On the other hand, the options with the higher upfront cost generally last longer and require fewer, if any, replacements. When considering cosmetic dental treatments, you can discuss this with Dr. Leonard.

Tooth in one hand and money in the other hand

 

To maintain your general dental routine, schedule a consultationwith one of our dentists at  Lifetime Dental Care today! Lifetime Dental Care serves residents of Woodbridge, VA and the surrounding areas.

 

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