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FAQs About Cosmetic Dentistry Services

Cosmetic dentistry is an important part of dentistry because it is used to fix flaws in the teeth, improving their appearance and a patient’s self-confidence. However, some people are not familiar with the types of services cosmetic dentists offer, which is why we created a list of frequently asked questions to provide you with more information about the practice.

Frequently asked questions about cosmetic dentistry

Some of the most frequently asked questions about cosmetic dentistry and treatment options include:

Is there a difference between a cosmetic dentist and a general dentist?

Yes. Both cosmetic dentists and general dentist have to meet the same educational criteria to practice dentistry, but cosmetic dentists specialize in the field and go through additional training in advanced dental studies.

What types of services do cosmetic dentists offer?

Cosmetic dentists offer a wide variety of services, but the most common of them are teeth whitening, dental veneers, dental implants, bonding and dental crowns. These treatments are used to fix problems like yellow or stained teeth, broken or chipped teeth, crowded teeth, missing teeth and gaps in the teeth.

Can I replace my natural teeth with dentures or dental implants?

Yes. Natural teeth can be replaced with dentures or dental implants if they have fallen out. However, a cosmetic dentist will advise against replacing natural teeth with artificial teeth if the natural teeth are still healthy unless they find it absolutely necessary.

How long is the recovery time after a cosmetic procedure?

The recovery time for a cosmetic dentistry procedure varies depending on the treatment received. Procedures like teeth whitening, bonding and in some cases, getting dental crowns, usually take one trip to the dentist’s office and have a short recovery time. Treatments like dental implants take months to fully recover from because gum tissue is sliced open and has to heal, which takes a while.

Who is eligible for cosmetic dentistry?

Anyone who has a problem with the appearance of their teeth is eligible for cosmetic dentistry, but some procedures, like getting dental implants, depend on the health of the person’s gums and the density of the bone in the jaw.

Does cosmetic dentistry have health benefits?

Yes. Cosmetic dentistry has several health benefits, for example, dental implants stimulate tooth roots, which prevent the bone in the jaw from resorbing and helps people maintain their facial structure. Dental crowns also help prevent infection if the patient has gum disease, which could lead to bigger health problems if the tooth is left unprotected.

Does insurance cover the cost of cosmetic dentistry?

The answer to this question depends on the type of coverage the patient has. Most insurance policies cover a lot of cosmetic dentistry procedures, while some only cover 50% of the cost or none of it, depending on the type of treatment the patient received.


Cosmetic dentistry can improve the appearance of your teeth and your self-confidence in the process, which is why it is one of the most popular dental practices. If you want to undergo treatment and have more questions, talk to your dentist before you start treatment.

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