Attractive teeth are a precious asset. A beautiful smile can make you seem younger, more successful, and more approachable. Unfortunately, countless individuals suffer from aesthetic dental flaws that they would like to correct. If that is true of you, visit us for a cosmetic consultation. Via one of the treatments listed below, we may be able to help you say goodbye to what you dislike about your smile and hello to a whole new look with cosmetic dentistry in Needham, MA!
Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made pieces of porcelain that we attach to the fronts of a patient’s teeth. Their purpose is to disguise a range of aesthetic flaws, including discoloration, cracks, chips, teeth that are too small, and more. The porcelain is almost identical to real tooth enamel, and the treatment’s results can last for many years with proper care. Placing veneers usually takes just two appointments in our dental office.
Metals like gold, silver, and amalgam have been used to restore teeth for generations. Unfortunately, their color clashes with that of natural dentition. That is why we offer metal-free restorations. They can repair weakened teeth without affecting their appearance. Tooth-colored fillings are made out of a resin that blends seamlessly with the enamel next to them. We are also proud to provide porcelain crowns and bridges that are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.
Direct bonding, sometimes called dental bonding or cosmetic bonding, is an excellent solution for patients who want a fast and budget-friendly way to improve the appearance of one or two teeth. During the bonding procedure, we prepare the tooth and then mold a tooth-colored resin over it. Once the resin is the desired shape, we harden it with a special light. The results of this treatment are natural-looking and have the potential to last for several years.
A degree of dental staining is inevitable, but that does not mean you are doomed to put up with dull-looking teeth forever. We can provide you with a custom-made whitening tray as well as a powerful bleaching gel. In as little as 15 minutes a day, you can vanquish even deep-set stains and reveal gorgeously white teeth. Professional teeth whitening is safe, and it delivers much more dramatic results than over the counter products.
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In some cases, a single cosmetic treatment is not enough to achieve the desired results. If multiple or complex issues are affecting your teeth, we can design a custom smile makeover plan. You may need to undergo several procedures, such as orthodontic treatment, tooth replacement, veneers, and/or whitening, to enjoy the many benefits of healthy, beautiful teeth. Although your smile makeover journey may take some time, you can be confident that the end results will be worth the wait!
The experts at Gillis Dental would like to help you achieve your ideal look. However, we understand if you want to learn more before you schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation. Below, you will find answers to some frequently asked questions about our aesthetic services. If you do not see the information you were hoping for, give us a call — we look forward to speaking with you!
Cosmetic dentistry comes at a range of price points. Some simpler services, such as teeth whitening, may cost just a few hundred dollars. Veneers and other procedures that require more time, effort, and materials may cost thousands of dollars. We do our best to respect our patients’ budgets, so be sure to let us know if you have a number in mind for how much you want to spend on your new look. Most patients who do not want to pay for their entire procedure upfront qualify for low-interest financing.
Also, keep in mind that services by a cosmetic dentist in Needham can be viewed as an investment. In return for your money, you could get years of enhanced confidence. Other people may even start to see you as being younger and more successful than individuals with obvious aesthetic flaws in their smile.
There are two types of cosmetic services: those that only enhance the appearance of teeth, and those that offer oral health benefits as well as aesthetic improvements. If your desired service falls into the former category, dental insurance is unlikely to cover it because it is purely elective. However, if there are significant oral health benefits to a cosmetic procedure, your policy might reduce your out of pocket costs. For example, it may cover around 50% of the cost of metal-free crowns.
Cosmetic dentistry comes with very few risks as long as it is performed by a qualified professional. Our team carefully screens candidates for any aesthetic service before we move forward. We are also cautious during procedures with the goal of making every case complication-free.
On the other hand, some over the counter and DIY cosmetic options have significant risks. For example, some teeth whitening products have harsh ingredients that can damage tooth enamel and irritate the gums. If you attempt at-home whitening, you should always use products that have a seal of approval from the American Dental Association.
The lifespan of your results will depend on which specific service you undergo, as well as how you care for your teeth afterward. Some treatments, such as teeth whitening, may begin to fade after just a few months unless you perform diligent maintenance. Veneers, on the other hand, have the potential to retain their original beauty and function for 15 – 20 years or longer if they receive proper care. Our team will be happy to give you tips on how you can make your new look last as long as possible.