A cosmetic dental makeover is a customized treatment plan for patients who want to transform their smile. While individual cosmetic treatments can make a huge improvement to anyone’s smile by improving discoloration, repairing chips and cracks, or straightening the teeth, when a patient has multiple concerns that can’t be addressed with a single procedure, a cosmetic makeover is the best way to go about transforming your smile.
Our Thousand Oaks dentist can discuss all of your aesthetic concerns and goals and develop a treatment plan that fits into your budget and timeline to achieve that. This can involve a few or many different procedures, so the length and cost of treatment can vary greatly. Contact our dental office today to start the journey to your best smile!
Your cosmetic dentist in Thousand Oaks will need to take x-rays to rule out oral health problems and perform an oral exam to look at the cosmetic imperfections of your teeth and determine the severity of these issues.
You will be asked about what aspects of your smile you are unhappy with and what your ultimate goals are for cosmetic treatment. Do you want to improve discoloration and replace missing teeth or do you want to repair chips and correct your misaligned bite?
Each patient will receive a unique treatment plan that is tailored to their individual needs. After discussing your budget and what treatments you would like to pursue at our Thousand Oaks practice, we will come up with a plan that is the least minimally invasive and produces the greatest results.
Depending on how many procedures you are getting and what types of procedures they are, you could be looking at a very short treatment time or one that lasts for months. We will discuss how long this is expected to take, schedule your follow-up appointments, and explain the aftercare process to you.
Common cosmetic treatments in a smile makeover include teeth whitening, veneers, tooth contouring, dental bonding, tooth-colored fillings, tooth-colored crowns, and tooth restorations like dental implants. If you are looking to replace missing teeth, we offer several solutions, including dental implants, dental bridges, or partial dentures.
Dental bonding and veneers have a lot of overlap in their ability to cover up imperfections like chips and cracks, discoloration, or awkwardly shaped or sized teeth. However, veneers from our Thousand Oaks office are longer lasting and more durable. Tooth contouring is most commonly paired with dental bonding to fully transform the size and shape of the teeth.
If you have minor tooth damage or cavities, tooth-colored fillings can repair these without causing an unsightly silver appearance in the mouth. Likewise, tooth-colored crowns can be used to protect a single tooth that has been damaged or cover imperfections that are present in a single tooth.
To be a good candidate for a cosmetic makeover, you should be in good oral health, not have severely damaged teeth, and have realistic expectations of what a cosmetic makeover can do for you.
Those who wish to undergo procedures like dental implants will need to be in good overall health and also have sufficient bone support. Otherwise, you will require additional procedures like bone grafts. If you have active oral health problems or severe damage, you will need to undergo restorative treatments before we can move forward with a cosmetic makeover.
You should also understand that a cosmetic makeover can vary drastically in how long the results will take and how much it will cost.
It's worth noting that dental insurance policies differ from one provider to the next. In general, however, most insurance providers don't cover cosmetic makeovers or other forms of cosmetic dental work. This is because insurers typically only cover dental procedures (read restorative dental procedures) that are medically necessary, such as those that improve oral functionality.
Cosmetic dental work is primarily done to improve a patient's appearance and confidence, which is not considered medically necessary. Therefore, it’s not surprising that some insurance providers are reluctant to cover cosmetic dental work.
That said, some cosmetic dental work counts as restorative dental work. A good example is dental implants necessary for patients with missing teeth. In such cases, the dental insurer might cover treatment, but usually a portion of the cost. Patients will have to pay for the remaining cost out-of-pocket. Be sure to consult with your insurer to see if they cover cosmetic makeovers.
Recovery time for a cosmetic or smile makeover depends on the type of cosmetic work you have done. It also depends on your overall aesthetic goals and the dentist's proficiency in handling your cosmetic procedures.
For instance, patients who get dental bonding will recover immediately after the procedure since it's non-invasive and doesn’t require anesthesia. Patients undergoing teeth whitening will also recover immediately. However, some people may experience slight sensitivity in their teeth that disappears within a few days.
Recovery for ‘cosmetic’ dental implants takes months since it involves drilling holes into the jawbone. The jawbone will fuse with the dental implants during these recovery months in a process known as osseointegration. Patients undergoing orthodontic treatments like braces also take months to get perfectly straight teeth. Patients getting Veneers and dental crowns, on the other hand, need two to three days to recover.
No, cosmetic dental procedures generally don’t hurt. That’s because dentists administer anesthesia for cosmetic procedures that involve incisions or drilling the teeth or jawbone. They’ll also use standard procedures that have been refined over the years to ensure safety and painlessness throughout.
That said, patients might experience modest levels of pain and discomfort following certain procedures. Examples of cosmetic dental work associated with post-treatment pain include dental implants, crowns, veneers, and certain orthodontic treatments. The dentist will recommend painkillers to help manage the pain, but you can also use ice packs and saltwater rinses to achieve the same.
It’s worth noting that pain tolerance varies from patient to patient. Some patients may also be more resistant to anesthesia than others, meaning they’ll experience slight pain during the procedure. If you’re resistant to a certain type of anesthesia be sure to inform the dentist and they'll arrange for an extra dose or alternative anesthesia.