Cosmetic Dentistry Question and Answers
Do you want to improve the appearance of your stained, chipped, discolored, or misaligned teeth? Our dentist Dr. Canatella offers several popular services for helping patients achieve beautiful teeth. During your initial consultation, our experienced professionals will talk with you about the results you’d like to see and create a custom treatment plan. For more information, call us today or request an appointment online. We serve patients from Metairie LA, New Orleans LA, Harahan LA, Jackson Square LA, Bella Chasse LA, St. Bernard LA, Meraux LA, Chalmette LA, Jefferson LA, River Ridge LA, and Kenner LA.
Teeth whitening is a popular service that can improve the appearance of discolored or stained teeth. While you can find any number of whitening products at your local grocery store or pharmacy, it takes a professional whitening system to achieve truly stunning results. At Canatella Dental, we’re happy to talk about your teeth whitening options so you can finally smile with added confidence.
Could you benefit from orthodontic treatment — but avoid it because you don’t want to wear braces for a year or more? If so, you may be a wonderful candidate for Invisalign. This orthodontic system uses clear plastic aligners to gradually reposition the teeth. They are practically invisible, allowing you to speak and smile with full confidence. What’s more, Invisalign is removable — so you can continue to eat what you like and brush and floss just like you’re used to. Many people are eligible candidates for Invisalign!
Patients who want a whiter and straighter looking smile should consider porcelain veneers. This cosmetic service uses a thin piece of porcelain to improve the appearance of stained, cracked, chipped, or misaligned teeth. A full porcelain veneer procedure typically takes just two to three appointments to complete but provides beautiful, long-lasting results. If you want a smile that looks both whiter and straighter, let Dr. Canatella talk with you about the benefits of this excellent service.
GUM CONTOURING AND RESHAPING
When enhancing your smile with cosmetic dentistry, sometimes it is not the teeth that need to be repaired — but the gums. In cases when there is too much periodontal (gum) tissue covering up the enamel or if the gum line is uneven due to disease, we may recommend that you undergo gum contouring and/or reshaping. It’s a simple procedure: using the precision of laser dentistry, your cosmetic dentist can remove and re-contour imperfect periodontal tissue more comfortably and efficiently than ever before!
COSMETIC TOOTH BONDING
Are minor flaws taking away from your smile in a major way? Cosmetic bonding is a noninvasive treatment that allows your dentist to artistically reshape the appearance of chipped, uneven, stained, or gapped teeth. During this procedure, a biocompatible resin is applied to the affected tooth/teeth and then sculpted into an attractive form. The resin can then be dried in a matter of minutes under a special UV light. Sometimes anesthesia or numbing is necessary with this treatment, and a tooth repaired with cosmetic bonding can remain intact for years with proper maintenance.
COSMETIC DENTISTRY FAQS
We get lots of questions about cosmetic dentistry, so we have attempted to answer the most common ones here. Take a look to find out more about how it works, whether it’s right for you, and more. If questions remain, don’t hesitate to give us a call to schedule a consultation with your cosmetic dentist in New Orleans!
What Are the Most Common Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures?
There are a number of options available for transforming your smile — and because there is no one-size-fits-all treatment plan for any patient, Dr. Canatella and Dr. Neumeyer will evaluate your needs and put together a recommendation just for you.
Our most popular cosmetic dentistry services include:
- Teeth Whitening
- Porcelain Veneers
- Tooth Bonding
- Gum Contouring and Reshaping
Is Cosmetic Dentistry Safe?
Yes! When you trust the cosmetic dentists like the team at Canatella Dental, you can take comfort knowing that you are in experienced and capable hands. Both Dr. Canatella and Dr. Neumeyer have years of experience perfecting smiles and only ever perform procedures that are in the patient’s best interest.
What Age Do You Need to Be To See A Cosmetic Dentist?
While adults are the most common candidates for cosmetic dentistry, teens can opt from treatments such as Invisalign, teeth whitening, and others. Children can sometimes benefit from the practice, too — like fixing a broken tooth with bonding. Regardless of age, all patients will usually need an initial consultation before any cosmetic treatment can begin.
Is Cosmetic Dentistry Covered by Dental Insurance?
Dental insurance typically does not cover treatments that are not medically necessary — that is, those that are recommended for your oral health, like fixing a severely decayed tooth. However, there are some treatments that straddle the line between restorative and cosmetic, like tooth bonding or even gum contouring. In cases such as these, dental insurance may cover as much as 80% of the cost of the procedure.
Fortunately, our office works with patients to help reduce out-of-pocket costs. We also accept third-party financing to help make paying for treatments that are not covered by dental insurance more convenient for your budget.
How Long Does a Cosmetic Dentistry Procedure Take?
Each cosmetic dentistry procedure is different, and the length of time it takes to complete each one will vary based on your individual needs. Invisalign, for example, may take up to two years to complete because the goal is to reposition the teeth — a lengthy process. Porcelain veneers usually take up to a month and are completed over the course of two appointments. Something like tooth bonding, however, is usually finished in a single dental visit. Dr. Canatella and Dr. Neumeyer will outline the process and help you understand what to expect during your initial consultation.
Is Cosmetic Dentistry Right for Me?
If you are unhappy with anything related to the appearance of your smile, cosmetic dentistry may be a wonderful option for you. Your teeth must be healthy and infection-free before cosmetic dentistry can begin — if you have decay or gum disease, your dentist will render treatment first.
Overall, cosmetic dentistry is a safe and surprisingly affordable way for your dentist in New Orleans to transform the appearance of your teeth. If you are ready to find out if it’s right for you, contact Canatella Dental today.
Additional Services You May Need
▸ Periodontal Therapy
▸ Oral Cancer Screening
▸ Checkups & Cleanings
▸ Cosmetic Dentistry
▸ Teeth Whitening
▸ Porcelain Veneers
▸ Dental Tooth Bonding
▸ Restorative Dentistry
▸ Full Dentures and Partial Dentures
▸ Dental Crowns and Bridges
▸ Root Canal Therapy
▸ Tooth Colored Fillings
▸ Dental Implants
▸ Multiple Tooth Replacement
▸ Full Mouth Replacement
▸ How Dental Implants Work
▸ Dental Emergencies
▸ Botox and Juvederm