What is Considered Cosmetic Dentistry?

General & Cosmetic Dentists Serving Omaha, Bellevue, Lincoln and Nearby Nebraska

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Posted: May 19, 2020
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In general, any dental treatment designed to improve the appearance of your smile would be considered cosmetic dentistry. At our Omaha practice, we are concerned with matching you to the treatments that will fulfill your goals while improving oral health and the appearance of your smile.

The COVID-19 dental office restrictions may have temporarily delayed your plans for renewing your smile. Now is a great time to begin planning for future cosmetic dentistry, so that you’ll be ready once all services are back to normal.

A young man smiles at the camera after cosmetic dentistryYou may wonder, “what is considered cosmetic and what is considered non-cosmetic when it comes to dental services?” It really depends on who you are asking: the dentist, the dental insurance company or others. While insurers make well-defined distinctions between treatments for the purpose of stipulating coverage, our dentists see how cosmetic, general and restorative treatments overlap. We want you to have a smile that is strong, healthy and beautiful.

To better illustrate the overlap between treatments, consider the following:

  • Gaps between teeth/crooked teeth/missing teeth may impact your smile appearance and your ability to speak and chew comfortably
  • Yellowed, stained teeth may impact your smile appearance and make you feel less motivated to brush, floss and care for your teeth
  • Worn teeth may impact your smile appearance, and make your teeth more vulnerable to chips and cracks

If you are thinking about whether your insurance will cover the treatment you want, review your policy. Some policies will cover a portion of a cosmetic treatment if the insurer determines the treatment also serves an oral health-related purpose. Our practice offers payment and financing options as well, which you may want to discuss as you consider paying for cosmetic dentistry.

Call our office to get the latest information about which treatments we are offering. We are operating under additional health and safety protocols to prioritize the wellness of our staff and patients. We want to help you plan for the attractive, confident smile of your dreams, and we’ll make sure you have the information you need to plan accordingly.

To learn more, and to inquire about scheduling and new protocols to keep our patients safe, please call one of our four Omaha locations, in Hillsborough at 402-445-4647, Ralston at 402-733-4441, Village Pointe at 402-505-7474, and in Dundee at 402-502-5593.

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