Cosmetic Dentistry Specialist

First Choice Dentistry

Allen Mossaei, DDS

General Dentist located in Bakersfield, CA

A great smile can not only enhance your appearance, but it can also boost your confidence and self-esteem. With today’s advances in cosmetic dentistry, there is a range of treatments available, from teeth whitening to replacing missing teeth. No matter what you need, Dr. Allen Mossaei can determine what’s best for your smile, and start you on a customized treatment plan. Make an appointment online at First Choice Dentistry in Bakersfield, California, today.

Cosmetic Dentistry Q & A

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry refers to any dental procedure that’s aimed at making a positive change to your teeth and smile. Although sometimes these procedures are purely cosmetic, many of them improve your oral health as well.

Some of the most common cosmetic dentistry treatments include:

 

  • Teeth whitening - Treatments at the dentist’s office or at home that bleach your teeth for a brighter smile

 

  • Bonding - Treatments that use an enamel-colored material to fill in gaps or change the color of your teeth

 

  • Dental crowns - Treatments that use caps to cover your teeth and restore their natural shape and appearance

 

  • Veneers - Thin pieces of porcelain or plastic placed over your front teeth to change color and shape

 

  • Contouring and reshaping - Treatment for chipped or irregularly shaped teeth for subtle changes in your smile

 

How permanent is cosmetic dentistry?

The lifetime of cosmetic dentistry procedures varies. For example, bonding usually lasts about three to seven years, whereas a dental crown can last up to 25 or 30 years. How well you take care of your teeth and gums, as well your lifestyle habits, play a large part in determining the life of your cosmetic dentistry.

Will my dental insurance pay for cosmetic dentistry?

Typically, dental insurance doesn’t cover cosmetic procedures. However, if the treatment is needed to restore tooth structure or medically needed for the patient’s oral health, then it might be covered—so check with your dental insurance provider. You can also contact First Choice Dentistry to see if there’s a payment plan that works for you.

Which cosmetic dentistry procedure is right for me?

If you’re considering cosmetic dentistry, there are a few questions you can ask Dr. Mossaei before deciding if a particular treatment is right for you:

  • What will the changes look like?
  • What should I expect over the course of treatment?
  • What type of maintenance is required after treatment?

Not all procedures work for everyone, and often, it’s a combination of methods that achieve your optimal smile. In your consultation, Dr. Mossaei discusses your specific needs and presents a customized treatment plan just for you. Book an appointment online today.