Cosmetic Dentistry – Lawrence, KS
More Confident Smiles for the Future
Cosmetic dentistry is a truly unique form of care that focuses on the aesthetics of your smile. When stains, discoloration, chips, cracks, misshapen teeth, or even gaps cause you to feel self-conscious about your appearance, a skilled cosmetic dentist in Kansas can administer the appropriate method of treatment that will take your smile from drab to fab. Whether it’s your teeth or gums that need work, our team at Kansas Center for Sedation Dentistry is here to deliver the results you desire. Call us today to schedule an appointment.
Made of thin sheaths of porcelain or ceramic, veneers are customized restorations that are designed to fit over the surfaces of teeth, delivering a truly transformed appearance. Taking two appointments to complete, you can enjoy a more confident appearance thanks to their natural look and feel. And because they are not porous like traditional tooth enamel, they’re less likely to stain and can last 10 years or longer with proper care.
If you have a decayed or damaged tooth that needs protection, you don’t need to resort to traditional amalgam. Instead, our team offers metal-free restorations that blend in beautifully with your existing smile. Offering maximum protection and support to your vulnerable tooth, a natural dental restoration can deliver the care and aesthetics your smile deserves.
To fix a minor crack, chip, or stain on one or more teeth, we use direct bonding. Consisting of composite resin, the same material used to fill cavities, we can color-match the resin to blend in seamlessly with your regular tooth enamel shade. Applied directly onto the tooth’s surface, our dentist in Kansas can shape and sculpt it into place so that it lays flat and creates a new and improved look. With regular care and maintenance, you can expect your direct bonding to last several years. And the best part is that it only takes one visit to our office to complete!
When stains and discoloration are the reasons behind your lack of self-esteem, you can opt to brighten your smile with the help of teeth whitening. Using professional, in-office solutions, we can brighten your teeth by several shades, giving you more confidence when around family, friends, and colleagues. In just one visit to our office, we will eliminate intrinsic and extrinsic stains, giving you the smile of your dreams.
Crooked, gapped, and overcrowded teeth not only impact how you feel about your appearance but also negatively affect your ability to eat and chew with ease. Pursuing orthodontic solutions like clear braces is one of the most effective ways to realign your teeth and achieve a healthier smile. Using custom-made aligners that fit your teeth comfortably, you’ll watch as your teeth shift into proper alignment, giving you something to truly smile about.
If it’s not your teeth that are the issue but instead your gums, we have a solution for that as well – gum recontouring. By removing the excess tissue surrounding your teeth, we’ll help to expose more of your natural tooth structure. This not only reduces your chances of gum disease but also allows for proper crown placement should you need restorative care in the future. With gum recontouring, the results are permanent, so you’ll never need to worry about a gummy smile again.
Understanding the Cost of Cosmetic Dentistry
The overall cost of cosmetic dentistry is different for every patient; it largely depends on what kind of services are needed to make the changes that you have in mind. When you visit our office for your cosmetic consultation, we will explain how much you can expect to pay for the various treatments we offer and help you come up with a plan that is right for your bank account as well as your grin.
Which Cosmetic Dental Service Is Right for Me?
If you’re thinking about having cosmetic dentistry done, you likely want to make changes to the color, position, size, and/or shape of your teeth. Depending on the improvements you want, there may be more than one treatment that could help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Here’s a brief comparison of the cosmetic services available at our practice:
- Direct Bonding: We often recommend direct bonding to patients who want to make minor changes to one or two specific teeth. It’s one of the cheapest cosmetic options available. However, it also has a shorter average lifespan than other procedures such as veneers.
- Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening is generally an affordable way to brighten a stained or discolored grin. That said, it doesn’t affect the shape, size, or position of your teeth.
- Veneers: Veneers are often seen as an “all-in-one” solution for people who have more than one kind of cosmetic imperfection that they want to correct. They have a higher cost, but they can also last for over a decade if you’re diligent about caring for them.
- Clear Braces: This can be a highly effective option for patients who specifically want to address issues related to tooth position. The overall cost can vary depending on how many aligners you need.
- Gum Recontouring: We may suggest gum recontouring for anyone who has a gummy smile. The extent of the procedure influences the final price.
Is Cosmetic Dentistry Worth the Cost?
Many people who have cosmetic dentistry done in the past will gladly tell you that yes, it’s well worth the cost. Dazzling teeth can help you feel much more confident in social situations, and it’s easier to make a good first impression when you can show off your grin without reservation. Some studies show that a better smile may even increase your chances of success at work. In short, the right cosmetic treatment could help enhance your overall quality of life.
How to Make Cosmetic Dentistry Affordable
Most dental insurance plans do not pay for purely elective procedures, so most of the time they don’t cover cosmetic dentistry. There may be exceptions for treatments that improve oral health, such as metal-free restorations that protect and strengthen damaged teeth.
At our practice, we’re happy to give our patients the option of breaking up the cost of cosmetic dentistry with CareCredit financing. CareCredit lets you choose from a number of payment plans, each of which has little to no interest. At your initial consultation, feel free to ask for more information about applying for CareCredit.