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Cosmetic Dentistry - Cleburne, TX

Now Everyone Can Have a Gorgeous Smile

At Long Family Dental, we offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry options to enhance the beauty and function of your smile. After nearly 50 years as a dental office in Cleburne, we have a legacy of smiles under our belts!

Usually, the upper teeth show when smiling while the lower teeth remain hidden. This is reversed when talking, with the upper teeth remaining hidden while the lower teeth show clearly. The color, alignment, and spacing of the teeth are the characteristics that give an overall impression. If you have cracked, chipped, gapped, missing, or stained teeth, our team can easily correct these flaws with cosmetic dentistry from our Cleburne, TX dentist.

Cosmetic dentistry can be used to correct imperfections throughout your smile, including whitening your teeth to remove yellow, gray, or brownish stains. If you’re unhappy with your smile, then Dr. Bob and Dr. Chris can work with you to decide the best enhancement options for your personal goals. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our dental office.

Why Choose Long Family Dental for Cosmetic Dentistry?

Porcelain Veneers

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Porcelain veneers can be used to enhance a single problem tooth or completely makeover your smile—it’s all up to you. Thin, custom-made ceramic coverings are bonded to the front of the teeth that are designed to look like pristine enamel, and they can be used to eliminate stains, chips, cracks, and gaps. The process to get them only takes two appointments, but you’ll be amazed at how big of a difference they can make for your overall look.

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Metal-Free Dental Restorations

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Thanks to the latest dental materials, our team is able to repair the teeth in such a way that it looks like nothing was ever wrong with them in the first place. Using all-porcelain crowns and bridges, we can restore function to the smile and help someone improve their appearance at the same time, delivering the best when it comes to both strength and beauty. These restorations are able to recreate the appearance of enamel down to the smallest detail, even reflecting light in the same way.

Teeth Whitening

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Tooth whitening is a popular procedure to make teeth whiter and brighter, and therefore more attractive. Professional bleaching gels are used to erase stains, brighten discoloration, or simply to enhance a dull-looking smile. Tooth whitening is a safe and relatively painless procedure ideal for most patients.

At Long Family Dental in Cleburne, we offer our patients the convenience of a take-home tray whitening system. It’s a less expensive whitening treatment you can use to gradually whiten teeth. We take an impression of your teeth to create a customized clear tray to wear and give you a professional-grade whitening gel.

The whitening gel trays should be worn 30-60 minutes up to twice a day. After about two weeks of bleaching, you will see maximum whitening results that are nothing short of dazzling. Occasional treatment can be used at your convenience to maintain your new smile!

Understanding the Cost of Cosmetic Dentistry

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Are you hesitant to pursue cosmetic dentistry because you’re worried about the potential cost? Since dental insurance doesn't typically cover such procedures, it's only natural that you'd want a clear understanding of the expected expenses before making a decision. At Long Family Dental, we're dedicated to assisting you in understanding the financial aspects and finding a payment plan that aligns seamlessly with your budget.

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What Cosmetic Dental Service is Right for Me?

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In Cleburne, patients seek cosmetic dentistry for various reasons. Whether you're aiming to whiten, straighten, or alter the size and shape of your teeth, there's a cosmetic service tailored to meet your goals. Some of these services include:

  • Teeth Whitening – If you're unhappy with the color of your smile, professional teeth whitening can significantly brighten your teeth in a short amount of time. Keep in mind that it doesn't affect tooth shape or position.
  • Metal-Free Restorations – Crafted using advanced, biocompatible materials, these restorations ensure both durability and a natural appearance.
  • Veneers – While this option may involve a higher cost, it's the only one capable of completely transforming several aspects of your smile at once. With proper maintenance, veneers can last for well over a decade.

Cosmetic Dentistry Can Be an Investment Worth Making  

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We get it – cosmetic dentistry may seem like a significant financial commitment. Nevertheless, consider it an investment with long-term return! A captivating smile not only significantly enhances your confidence, but also contributes to an improved overall quality of life. Research indicates that it can increase your prospects for career advancement and have a positive influence on your well-being. Ultimately, these enhancements are priceless.

How to Make Cosmetic Dentistry Affordable

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Given that cosmetic dentistry is primarily focused on appearance rather than medical necessity, it's often not included in standard dental insurance coverage. This can lead to patients hesitating when considering cosmetic services. However, our practice provides a helpful solution through CareCredit financing. This option allows you to divide the total cost into manageable monthly installments. What's even better is that most of these plans come with minimal to no interest, ensuring affordability for our patients.

Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs

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Ready to get the smile you’ve always wanted? Improving your teeth is a big decision, and it's perfectly normal to seek answers before committing to a treatment plan. To help you out, we've compiled some frequently asked questions about cosmetic dentistry. We want to ensure you make a well-informed and confident decision regarding your dental care. Feel free to reach out to us for additional information – we're here to help!

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Is Cosmetic Dentistry Covered by Insurance?

Usually, dental insurance does not cover cosmetic dentistry as it is considered an elective procedure. Most cosmetic treatments fall into this category. However, there are exceptions when the cosmetic procedure also offers oral health benefits.

For example, partial coverage may be available for a crown or veneer if it serves to build up or protect a damaged tooth. The extent of coverage usually ranges from 50-80% of the cost, but this can vary from policy to policy. Our team is here to assist you in understanding your specific plan, handling paperwork, and optimizing your benefits.

Is Cosmetic Dentistry Safe?

Absolutely! Cosmetic dentistry is considered safe for most patients when administered by a trained professional. We’ll assess your oral health before recommending any specific treatment and provide an honest evaluation of which procedures may or may not be suitable for you.

It's important to note that some cosmetic services may carry risks if underlying oral health issues are not addressed beforehand. For instance, placing a veneer over a decayed tooth might complicate future treatment for the decay. However, your dentist will proactively address such issues before initiating any procedure.

How Long Does Cosmetic Dentistry Last?

It depends on the specific treatments you've undergone. Different treatments have varying lifespans, with some naturally lasting longer than others. For example, quick and straightforward procedures like teeth whitening typically have a shorter duration compared to more extensive treatments such as veneers.

The longevity of cosmetic dentistry results is influenced by how well you care for your oral health. Practices such as maintaining good oral hygiene, attending regular checkups, using a mouthguard or nightguard, avoiding using your teeth as tools, and limiting consumption of food and beverages that can stain, all contribute to prolonging the lifespan of your cosmetic dentistry outcomes.

Does Cosmetic Dentistry Hurt?

It’s understandable to be concerned about pain during cosmetic dentistry, even for patients eager to enhance their smiles. We’re aware of these worries and strive to ensure that the treatment experience is as comfortable as possible.

Fortunately, most cosmetic dental treatments are non-invasive. Procedures like whitening and bonding are often performed without the need for local anesthetic. However, for treatments like veneers, where tooth reshaping is involved, your dentist will typically numb your mouth beforehand to minimize discomfort. While some patients may experience mild and temporary soreness or sensitivity in the days following certain procedures, it’s usually manageable.

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