Everyone wants to have a beautiful smile. But when you have teeth that are missing, crooked, stained or misshapen, your smile can feel less than beautiful. You may find yourself avoiding photos – or even worse – avoiding social situations because you don’t feel confident about your smile.

Fortunately, the smile that you have today can be changed through cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry is a general term for any dental procedure or a combination of dental procedures that are meant specifically to improve the appearance of your smile.

Cosmetic dentistry can improve your smile in several ways including:

  • Straightening Your Teeth – To truly straighten your teeth, you will need to use either conventional braces or Invisalign aligners. If your teeth are only slightly crooked, however, it is possible to make them appear straighter through the use of veneers.
  • Close Gaps Between Teeth – A small gap between your front teeth can be attractive, however, some people can be self-conscious if they have a very large gap. Procedures such as dental bonding or veneers can help to make gaps appear smaller.
  • Whiten Your Smile – A whiter smile can make you appear to be years younger. Professional teeth whitening can give you a brighter and whiter smile. Dental veneers are also an option to make teeth appear whiter.
  • Improve the Shape of Your Teeth – Misshapen teeth can make your smile look less attractive. For this problem, your dentist may recommend dental crowns, dental inlays or onlays, or veneers.
  • Replace a missing tooth – while replacing a missing tooth is not strictly cosmetic, it will help to improve your smile – particularly if the tooth or teeth are near the front of your mouth. Options for replacing missing teeth include implants, dental crowns, bridges, and full and partial dentures. Your dentist will recommend a course of action determined by how many teeth are missing, where they are located, and your overall oral health.

Are these procedures covered by my insurance?

Procedures designed to replace and/or straighten teeth may be covered by your insurance if it can be demonstrated that they are being done for reasons other than being strictly cosmetic. Other procedures such as whitening are unlikely to be covered by insurance.

Nevertheless, the benefits you receive from having a better smile and increased confidence can be well worth it.

Contact Sunlight Dental today!

If you are unhappy with your smile, contact our office today. One of our dentists would be happy to meet with you and recommend procedures to help improve your smile.

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