If you suffer from low confidence or self-esteem due to your teeth or smile, then you may have considered having cosmetic dental work done. Whether you’ve wanted straighter teeth, a brighter smile, fix fractured teeth, or a new smile; You may have asked yourself the question of if the effort that goes into cosmetic dental work would be worth it for you. The answer to that is if your smile has kept you from being authentically yourself while with others, then the answer is yes. If your confidence is low to the point where you hesitate to laugh or smile, then your teeth are holding you back from enjoying your life to the fullest extent. With cosmetic dentistry, you won’t only notice a physical change, but maybe even a whole lifestyle change with a newfound self-confidence. Some studies have shown that the higher your self-esteem is, the more you’ll smile. The more you smile, then the more your success is boosted in both your social and professional life. Your smile is one of the first things that someone notices about you, so why not make it the best and healthiest it can be? We offer a wide array of options to get you the smile you’ve been wishing for, right here at Santee Family Dental.
If you’ve reached a point where you want to pursue cosmetic dentistry, then you may be wondering where to start on your journey. Firstly, it starts with a cosmetic consultation with your dentist. At the beginning of your consultation, you can expect a sit-down conversation with your dentist about how you feel about your smile and what encouraged you to pursue cosmetic dentistry. Whether there are any specific issues you’re concerned with or small imperfections that make you feel insecure about showing your teeth. If there is, then what do you want to change? Do you want a completely new smile, or are there some parts of your current smile that you’d like to keep? The conversation will be very detailed, that way your dentist can determine what course of action is necessary to get you the smile you’re looking for. Every detail is helpful, so don’t hold back!
Once you’ve finished your conversation about the parts of your smile you’d like to change or leave unchanged, your dentist will then perform a full comprehensive oral exam. This is so your dentist can see if any issues may disqualify you from being a good candidate for a specific course of treatment. Depending on the condition of your smile, you may require restorative dental work first before cosmetic dental work can be considered. Since cosmetic dentistry is something that should only be performed on healthy teeth. If there’s an underlying health issue that is causing the concerns you have, then cosmetic work will only mask the physical imperfections and not solve the root cause of the problem. We want you to have both a healthy and a beautiful smile, but a healthy foundation is necessary before we can move on to the cosmetic part. Cosmetic dentistry is also an investment, so longevity is crucial to us, so you can know that your financial investment was worth it whenever you see your smile.
After you’ve discussed your issues with your dentist and the oral exam has concluded, your dentist will then craft together different treatment options. Starting with the recommended treatment, which is the one that your dentist thinks will be the best course of action to get you the results you’re looking for. However, we understand the importance of different options due to different factors needing to be considered. Factors such as lifestyle, budget, and personal priorities.
Once you and your dentist have discussed your options and have chosen a course of treatment; Our team will help you with scheduling your future dental appointments and payment options. For the most part, cosmetic dentistry is considered elective and typically isn’t covered by dental insurance. This is important information to be made aware of since you’ll more than likely have to pay for your chosen treatment out of pocket, and cosmetic dental work is an investment. Insurance might cover smaller costs like crowns or veneers, but this is uncommon. We try to be flexible with our patients, so we can always assist you with payment plans or potential discounts. We want you to have accessibility to a smile that you can confidently show off.
We promise to provide you with compassionate care, smart guidance, and a solution that best suits you in getting the healthy and beautiful smile that you deserve.