Cosmetic Dentist - New Braunfels, TX
Achieve the Smile of Your Dreams
When you smile, people notice. You want them to notice how attractive, white, and youthful your smile looks. If your teeth are currently damaged or stained, you might want to consider cosmetic dentistry from Comal Dental in New Braunfels, TX to help you achieve a smile that makes great first impressions. Dr. David Earnest offers a variety of smile makeover options, including cosmetic-quality restorative dentistry treatments. Call our office today and we’ll help you build a smile makeover plan that fits your needs!
Cosmetic dental bonding requires the same tooth-colored composite resin material used for fillings to restore chips and gaps. Likewise, if you have a tooth that is misshaped or a bit smaller than your other teeth, then cosmetic dental bonding can reshape or resize your tooth to blend more appropriately with your other teeth. In most cases, treatment only takes a single appointment to complete, leaving you with a beautiful smile the same day you arrive!
Porcelain veneers are adhesively bonded to the facial side of teeth in order to correct a number of cosmetic flaws. With veneers, you cover the smile you have to reveal the smile you want. Whether you have permanent stains that simply won’t go away, a series of cosmetic crack and chips due to a physical injury, or large gaps in between your teeth you’d prefer to hide quickly, porcelain veneers ensure a long-term solution is possible!
ClearCorrect is a clear alternative to traditional braces that can help fix crooked teeth and bite problems. With clear aligner technology, all you need to do is wear clear plastic aligners on your upper and lower arches for about one year to 18 months. As you progress from one set of aligners to the next, you’ll gradually begin to see your teeth move into their proper alignment. ClearCorrect offers adults all of the advantages of traditional orthodontics without the distraction and discomfort of metal wires and brackets.
Teeth whitening is an overwhelmingly popular cosmetic dentistry procedure that can help anyone enjoy improved self-confidence. With teeth whitening, an effective whitening gel is applied to your teeth. In a short time, stains from foods and beverages—like tomatoes, blueberries, coffee and tea—or discoloration caused by some medications will seemingly disappear. Your smile will be white and bright. And, with a bit of careful at-home maintenance, you can enjoy your white smile for years. If you need to perform a touch-up, simply call our office and we’ll get you scheduled.
Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry
When you have a smile that you’re confident and proud to show off, it’s amazing what it can do for your self-esteem. Whether you are just starting your years as a college student and looking to make new friends, want to put yourself out there to find that special someone, or simply land that job interview you’re preparing for, people love to see a beautiful smile. In fact, it’s one of the first aspects people tend to notice when they are being introduced to someone new, so it makes first impressions even easier! In some surveys, people equate an attractive smile with someone they can trust. This can prove quite useful depending on your day job!
Cost of Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry is extremely customizable, so the cost of your treatment is far more likely to vary compared to someone else’s. For one, the type of treatment you choose and the number of teeth you would like to treat are some of the biggest influencers of cost. With that said, certain treatments (such as porcelain veneers) can hide multiple imperfections at a time. This can save you money on care since you may not need teeth whitening or dental bonding as a result. We’ll go over all potential cosmetic treatments in detail so you can make an informed decision about your future care.
Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs
Everyone can have the stunning smile they deserve with cosmetic dentistry in New Braunfels; however, elective procedures are a big investment. Most people have a few concerns before they are ready to commit to anything. Dr. Earnest understands you might be a little apprehensive. He’ll explain everything during your consultation ; however, here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions.
Which cosmetic procedure is right for me?
There isn’t a cookie-cutter solution because every smile is unique. Not to mention, everyone’s goals differ. Your cosmetic dentist in New Braunfels personalizes your treatment plan to meet your specific needs. After examining your mouth and learning about your concerns, he will create a strategy to revamp your smile, which can include one or more procedures, such as:
- Dental Bonding: Fix minor cosmetic issues using a tooth-colored resin material.
- Porcelain Veneers: Cover several imperfections at once using a single procedure.
- ClearCorrect: Get a straight smile using clear aligners instead of brackets and wires.
- Teeth Whitening: Stained or discolored teeth can become up to 8 shades whiter.
Dr. Earnest will review all your options to make the best decision for your smile and budget.
How long will my results last?
Every procedure has a different lifespan, and various factors affect how long your results will last. You can ensure your investment thrives with a good oral hygiene routine at home. Brush, floss, and use a daily mouthrinse to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Your cosmetic dentist in New Braunfels will recommend avoiding anything that can harm your results, like abrasive dental products, using your teeth to open packaging, or smoking. Visit your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.
Can I use my dental insurance to pay for cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic procedures are considered elective; therefore, it’s rare for dental insurance to cover their cost. However, there are some exceptions. Specific cosmetic treatments also provide restorative benefits, like dental bonding. If Dr. Earnest determines a procedure is medically necessary, you pay be able to use your coverage to offset the amount you may out-of-pocket. While every case differs, most dental plans cover up to 80% of the cost for common restorative procedures after reaching your yearly deductible. A member of our team will file the required claim forms to maximize your benefits, if applicable. We will review your financial options for anything not covered by your dental insurance.
Is dental health important for cosmetic dentistry?
Yes, your dental health is the foundation of a beautiful smile. If underlying problems aren’t treated, cosmetic dentistry will just act as a Band-Aid. Although your smile might look better, the issues are still there, just waiting to turn into a dental emergency. Your cosmetic dentist will examine your mouth to ensure it’s healthy before focusing on any aesthetic concerns. If they find any problems, like tooth decay or gum disease, they’ll have to be resolved before moving forward. It may add another step to your treatment plan, but you don’t want to doom your new smile to fail.