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Port Orange Cosmetic Dentist Enhances Smiles

The truth is a beautiful smile can really make a difference in your life. It boosts your self-confidence, helps you make a great first impression, and implies all sorts of wonderful qualities about you in professional and personal settings. What can you do, though, if your teeth don’t look as great as they feel? Whether you’re dealing with minor cracks, gaps, or discoloration, cosmetic flaws can affect even the healthiest of smiles. Thankfully, Dr. Sean Bannan and our team here in Port Orange, FL can provide you with the changes you’ve been searching for. Our cosmetic dentistry treatments will be sure to leave you feeling great about your smile!

Porcelain Veneers

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Some patients find that they’re dealing with several dental flaws at once that all need attention. Instead of undergoing multiple treatments in order to create the results you’ve been dreaming of, you can give a few teeth or even your entire smile a fresh start with a handcrafted veneer. Made of beautiful, wafer-thin dental porcelain, a customized veneer will fit seamlessly over your existing enamel and give you the appearance of a brand-new smile.

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Traditional porcelain veneers create stunningly beautiful transformations for patients in need, but they also come with one not-so-small caveat – your natural tooth’s structure will need to be reduced, making the service permanent. If you’re hoping to one day return to your natural smile, Lumineers are a good alternative that require little to no alteration while still creating similar, gorgeous improvements. During a cosmetic consultation, Dr. Bannan can help you determine which option is better for your personal needs and goals.

Metal-Free Restorations

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So you’ve just gotten the news that you’re going to need a dental crown to correct an injured or decayed tooth. Many patients immediately start worrying about the cosmetic implications – will their tooth look completely unnatural now? Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be a foregone conclusion. Dr. Bannan offers metal-free restorative materials that are high-quality, durable, and beautifully lifelike. Once in place alongside your other teeth, it will be difficult to even point out which one isn’t completely natural. The lack of metals also makes this option more comfortable and less prone to uncomfortable sensitivity.

Invisalign® Clear Braces

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Crooked teeth are a common source of frustration for many patients here at Water’s Edge Dental, but adults tend to shy away from wearing metal braces for obvious reasons. Invisalign is a modern and conservative solution that can straighten smiles in a virtually unnoticeable fashion with the help of a set of clear, customized aligners. You’ll be able to achieve stunning results without having to sacrifice your self-confidence in the process!

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Direct Bonding

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Even very small dental flaws like chips in the enamel or little gaps between teeth can draw your attention every time you look in the mirror, dampening your self-confidence. If you’re looking for a fast and easy way to smile brighter, you can’t do better than direct bonding. In most cases, this procedure will only take a single appointment, during which Dr. Bannan will apply lifelike, tooth-colored composite resin and sculpt it into a pleasing shape that covers the requested area. Once hardened in place, the new improvement should last anywhere from five to ten years.

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Teeth Whitening

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Some dental stains are so stubborn that even diligent brushing can’t get rid of them. That’s where our teeth whitening services come in. With the power of Zoom! Whitening, we can dramatically improve the brightness of your smile by several shades over the course of just a single appointment. We also offer customized kits that can be used in the comfort of your own home. Simply wear them for the predetermined amount of time each day and you’ll achieve the same dazzling results at a much more gradual pace, which some patients prefer.

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Gum Recontouring

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Surprisingly, your teeth may not always be responsible for a lackluster look. If you feel like your smile looks overly short, uneven, or “gummy” in appearance, too much gum tissue could be unnecessarily hiding attractive tooth structure. In these cases, Dr. Bannan can use our revolutionary soft tissue laser to precisely sculpt your gum line into a more pleasing and natural shape. Our team may also recommend this service for restorative purposes, such as if we need to reveal more of a certain tooth in order to successfully place a crown.

Understanding the Cost of Cosmetic Dentistry

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Dental insurance typically will not cover the cost of cosmetic dentistry, which is why many people hesitate at first to undergo these kinds of procedures. However, this doesn’t mean that you’ll necessarily break the bank while trying to improve your pearly whites. We have a variety of solutions for upgrading your smile, and we’ll be sure to walk you through their price points so that you know what to expect.

Which Cosmetic Dental Service is Right for Me?

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Cosmetic dentistry is an umbrella term for various dental treatments that are designed to improve the size, shape, and color of your teeth. The most common and popular services our team offers include:

  • Teeth Whitening – With two kinds of procedures, our team can brighten your smile in just a single visit with in-office whitening or over two weeks with our custom whitening kits. This is the most affordable cosmetic treatment out there, and the results can typically last several months to a couple of years with proper care.
  • Direct Bonding – If you’re struggling with minor dental flaws like chips, stains, cracks, and gaps, then our team can address these with composite resin. Direct bonding can be completed in just one appointment, and you’ll be able to show off a better and brighter grin for several years before needing touchups.
  • Invisalign – As one of the most discreet orthodontic methods, Invisalign aligners can gradually shift your teeth into proper alignment while allowing you freedoms you can’t enjoy with traditional braces. The results can last the rest of your life so long as you continue wearing your retainers. This treatment does come with a much higher cost compared to teeth whitening and direct bonding.
  • Veneers – Our team can provide you with personalized porcelain shells that are designed to conceal multiple dental imperfections simultaneously. While this service comes with a higher upfront price, the results can last 15 years or more with proper maintenance, and the entire process can be completed in just a couple of appointments.

Cosmetic Dentistry Can Be an Investment Worth Making

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Although cosmetic dentistry can often appear like a major commitment, it’s important to remember the payoff you’ll expect to enjoy from a smile you can be proud of. Not only will you be able to achieve your dream look, but you can also boost your oral health, as your results can make it much easier for you to maintain good oral hygiene in the long run. Additionally, you’ll likely experience increased confidence in yourself, which can show in the way you carry yourself, benefiting both your social and professional interactions. Knowing how significant cosmetic dental work can be on your overall quality of life can make it a worthwhile investment.

How to Make Cosmetic Dentistry Affordable

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It’s a well-known fact that dental insurance won’t usually cover the cost of cosmetic dentistry, but there may be some exceptions to keep in mind. For instance, veneers used for restorative purposes might be included in your plan, so be sure to consult your provider about the details just in case. You can also try signing up for financing through CareCredit which can break up the overall price of your treatment into monthly installments that come with little to no interest at all!

Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs

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Are you eager to enhance the natural beauty of your smile? There are numerous different services out there that can help you achieve the gorgeous results you’re looking for, but you may still have some unanswered questions. Here are the answers to some of the most common queries we receive about cosmetic dentistry in Port Orange. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for below, give us a call. We’d be happy to explain more about the process and get you started with an initial consultation.

Is Cosmetic Dentistry Expensive?

Many patients associate cosmetic dentistry with expensive treatment, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. The pricy reputation likely stems from the fact that dental insurance rarely covers cosmetic treatments, so patients typically need to pay out-of-pocket. While improving the appearance of your smile may seem costly at first, you’re investing in your self-esteem, confidence, and overall quality of life!

Is Cosmetic Dentistry Safe?

As long as you are under the care of a trained professional, cosmetic dentistry is perfectly safe for most people. However, not every treatment is right for every patient. That’s why it’s so important that Dr. Bannan examines your mouth beforehand and gives you an honest assessment of what procedures may and may not be right for you. Some cosmetic treatments may pose a risk if an underlying oral health issue isn’t treated first. For instance, placing a veneer over a decayed tooth may make the decay more difficult to treat later on. However, Dr. Bannan will plan to address problems like these beforehand.

How Do I Know If I Need Cosmetic Dentistry?

If you aren’t completely confident in the smile you see in the mirror, you could most likely benefit from cosmetic dentistry. Stained or discolored teeth can be addressed with professional teeth whitening. Chipped or cracked teeth can be repaired and corrected with bonding, veneers, or crowns. If you’d like to appear more youthful, there are a variety of cosmetic solutions that can help. To find out for sure if cosmetic dentistry is right for you, schedule a consultation with us.

Does Cosmetic Dentistry Hurt?

Many patients are hesitant to commit to treatment because they are worried that their procedure will be painful. We do everything we can to ensure that your treatment experience is as comfortable as possible. Many cosmetic dental treatments are non-invasive. For instance, teeth whitening and bonding don’t even require a local anesthetic. For treatments like veneers where your teeth need to be reshaped, your mouth will be numbed beforehand. While your treatment won’t be uncomfortable, you may experience some soreness for a few days afterwards, but this should be mild and temporary.