Cosmetic dentistry is a simple way to change your appearance by improving the aesthetics of your smile. From teeth whitening to dental veneers, Dr. Srinivasan offers several procedures that can help you achieve the smile you have always wanted.
Since cosmetic dental procedures are usually for the purpose of improving appearance, most dental insurance companies do not provide coverage for them. However, sometimes procedures can be both cosmetic and restorative, such as when you break off part of a tooth in an accident. We always recommend that patients check with their insurance provider to determine benefits since any uncovered amount is your responsibility.
Examples of Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
Patients who schedule professional teeth whitening with Dr. Srinivasan have often tried to brighten their teeth with store-bought kits and felt disappointed with the results. The bleaching gel we use penetrates through all layers of your tooth enamel to bring out your natural shine. Dr. Srinivasan prepares customized mouth trays for your top and bottom rows of teeth fills them with bleaching gel, and removes them 60 minutes later.
You also have the option of taking a professional teeth whitening kit home and wearing the mouth trays filled with gel overnight for several consecutive nights. The home-based option is more economical if you have budgetary concerns. Regardless of which choice you make, you will have a dazzling smile that is up to 10 times brighter than what you have right now. The results last several months before you need to consider repeating the procedure.
Made from ceramic and porcelain, veneers are thin translucent shells that Dr. Srinivasan applies to the front of your tooth with adhesive material to disguise minor imperfections. Veneers are a popular choice to hide a large gap between the two front teeth, chips, cracks, and badly stained teeth that do not respond well to professional teeth whitening. You can also opt to have a veneer placed over stained teeth rather than going through the above procedure.
Bonding is the process of covering a chip, crack, or other minor cosmetic issue with tooth-colored dental putty. Dr. Srinivasan molds the bonding material to fit the shape of your tooth and then shines a high-intensity light on it to help it dry. Some patients choose dental bonding over restorative dental procedures like crowns due to the cost savings.
If you are tired of hiding your smile due to feeling self-conscious, schedule an appointment to learn more about what cosmetic dentistry in Huntsville AL can do for you.