McKinney Cosmetic Dentist Creates Elegant Smiles
Do you often find yourself dreaming of having a movie star smile to show off? Do you hide your teeth in photos or with friends because you’re worried they’ll notice flaws? Plenty of people here in the McKinney area and all over the country feel the same way as you do, and the transformation you want may be easier than you think. At OakBrook Dental & Orthodontics, our team is glad to offer several cosmetic dentistry services that can create dazzling, tailor-made changes for unique smiles in need! To get started, contact us and set up a consultation today.
If you find yourself struggling with several cosmetic flaws all at once, porcelain veneers might be the right way to refresh your teeth. Unlike a typical dental crown, this custom-made dental restoration is designed to be a wafer-thin shell so that it’s capable of fitting over the front surfaces of certain teeth without looking unnatural. Better yet, its quality structure is even more stain-resistant than your natural enamel, which means your newly brightened smile should stay that way for even longer than expected.
While traditional veneers have many wonderful benefits, there is a small downside that makes some patients pause: in order to accommodate the restoration, a small amount of natural tooth enamel must be removed. This means that veneers are essentially permanent and cannot be reversed later on. On the other hand, Lumineers are a specific type of veneer that can be placed without requiring any significant alternation of the patient’s existing smile. If you’re unsure which cosmetic option is right for you, feel free to ask our team!
When you’re in need of a new dental crown, inlay, onlay, or other restoration on a visible tooth, maintaining a natural look is very important for many patients. That’s why our dentists use E-Max metal-free ceramic whenever possible. This material is durable in the mouth, highly functional, and virtually indistinguishable from your original tooth enamel. In fact, it even reflects light in the same way so that your smile continues shining from every angle!
Direct bonding is a simple cosmetic procedure that typically only requires one appointment, which is ideal for patients with hectic schedules. One of our doctors will apply the ideal shade of composite resin (a safe, tooth-colored material that is also used for fillings) to the flawed tooth and sculpt it into a pleasing, lifelike shape that blends right in. This technique can be used to treat minor cracks, chips, gaps, and even stubborn stains that don’t respond to teeth whitening.
Teeth whitening is the most requested cosmetic service here in McKinney, and it’s not hard to understand why. Everyone wishes they could enjoy bright, flaw-free teeth that shine confidently in every picture and home video. With ZOOM! Whitening, it’s easier than ever to achieve them! We offer both fast in-office whitening and professional take-home kits so that our patients can dramatically lighten their smiles in the way that works best for them.
Free Whitening For Life
Your smile deserves consistent maintenance and consideration, and we enjoy rewarding our patients who are truly dedicated to their oral health. At your next checkup, ask a team member about our whitening for life special! As long as you attend your regular preventive visits, we’ll provide you with customized oral trays and professional-strength whitening gel to use safely at home.
Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs
Cosmetic dentistry is an excellent way to boost your confidence by achieving the attractive smile you’ve always wanted. Although you’re excited to transform your teeth, it’s normal to have some apprehensions before you’re ready to get started. Here are the answers to a few of the most common questions patients ask us about cosmetic treatments to ease your nerves.
What procedures will I need?
There isn’t any way to determine which cosmetic services you’ll need without first performing a consultation. Every treatment plan is individualized to create the exact results you want. Depending on your goals, we may recommend one or more procedures, such as:
- Porcelain Veneers: A thin shell is bonded to the entire front surface of a tooth to instantly hide a variety of aesthetic imperfections using just one treatment. The minimally invasive procedure provides drastic results.
- Lumineers: Similar to veneers, the shells improve the overall color, size, and shape of a tooth; however, they don’t require any enamel to be removed during the bonding process.
- Metal-Free Restorations: Repair damaged or missing teeth with tooth-colored restorations. They are customized to match the appearance of your teeth to look natural.
- Direct Bonding: A composite resin material can be used to fix minor imperfections, like chips or cracks. The tooth-colored material blends in with your enamel.
- Teeth Whitening: Treat stains and discoloration with a highly concentrated whitening agent. Your teeth can become as much as 8 shades brighter.
Can cosmetic dentistry improve my oral health?
Believe it or not, there are some cosmetic procedures that can also improve your oral health. Treating broken, chipped, or missing teeth will give you a beautiful smile while also restoring your dental health. In some cases, cosmetic dentistry can even prevent common issues, like tooth decay between overlapping teeth. Moving your teeth into their ideal positions will lessen the likeliness of cavities and gum disease.
How much does cosmetic dentistry cost?
There isn’t a set fee for cosmetic dentistry because the cost is based on your treatment plan. There are many factors that can influence the cost, like the procedure and the number of teeth you’re treating. We’ll provide you with a custom estimate during your initial consultation and discuss the fees associated with your plan. A member of our team will explain your payment options to keep your dream smile within your budget. Besides accepting traditional payment methods, we also work with third-party financing. Based on your credit’s approval, you are given the funds you need, which you’ll repay using a plan that fits your budget.
Can I use my dental insurance for cosmetic dentistry?
Most dental insurance plans don’t cover cosmetic dentistry because the procedures are considered elective; however, there are some exceptions. Certain cosmetic treatments also offer restorative benefits, like tooth-colored restorations and dental bonding. If a procedure is necessary for your oral health, you may be able to use your coverage to offset the cost. We’ll file any claim forms to maximize your annual benefits to lower the amount you pay.