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Get the Smile You've Always Wanted

Patients sharing beautiful smiles after cosmetic dentistry treatmentAre you the person in every picture who isn’t smiling? Do you cover your mouth when you speak, chew, or laugh in public? It’s time to visit Tylan Creek Family Dentistry for a consultation to discuss cosmetic dentistry in Simpsonville, SC. Our skilled dentists have years of training and experience, and are happy to provide a wide variety of treatment options to give people the flawless smiles they’ve only dreamed of. Contact our dental office to schedule an appointment. We welcome patients from lots of nearby communities to our dental office in Simpsonville, SC.

Porcelain Veneers

Visual of porcelain veneer placementPorcelain veneers may be the most versatile cosmetic solution we offer. These thin sheaths of dental grade porcelain are attached to the front facing surfaces of teeth effectively concealing a number of cosmetic flaws including chips, cracks, gaps, misalignment, and other cosmetic flaws. If we determine veneers are the right option, the process is completed over the course of two appointments. During the initial visit to our dental office, a small amount of surface tooth enamel is removed. This preparation allows the veneers to lay flat within the patients’ smile lines. Next, we’ll take impressions of patients’ prepared teeth that will be used by our dental lab to create the custom veneers. Finally, we’ll place a temporary veneer to protect the prepared teeth, until the final restoration is completed. The patients will return to our dental office and exchange the temporary for the custom porcelain veneer, and with proper care, they’ll retain a flawless smile for years.

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Teeth with metal free dental restorations replacing metal fillingsMetal-Free Dental Restorations

Blurring the line between cosmetic and restorative care, metal-free restorations are an ideal solution to repair dental damage or conceal cosmetic flaws for those patients who wish to achieve natural looking and feeling results. Crafted from a block of dental ceramic, metal-free crowns, bridges, and other restorations repair lost structure and improve the overall appearance of patients’ smiles, following decay, trauma, or to conceal cosmetic irregularities. Patients interested in metal-free restorations should expect the same treatment process as traditional crowns. When we receive this final restoration, patients return to exchange their temporary for the custom-crafted solution and leave our dental office with flawless smiles.

Woman sharing smile after teeth whiteningTeeth Whitening

Getting whiter teeth is a desire of many patients. There are numerous smile brightening products available from local pharmacies and beauty supply stores, and while these strips, gels, and toothpastes promise dramatic transformations, they are typically unable to deliver the promised results. Our professional-grade teeth whitening treatments are more effective than those available over the counter because we’re able to use a more effective dose of active whitening agents and apply the whitener effectively in order to allow the product to remain active for an extended period of time. Most importantly, our skilled dentists and dental hygienists will examine patients’ teeth and create a personalized whitening plan specific to their unique whitening needs.

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Dentist placing dental crown restorationCrown Lengthening

This is a treatment that reshapes the gums to improve the overall appearance of the smile line by exposing underlying tooth structures. This treatment may be recommended for those patients who simply want to improve the appearance of a “gummy” smile or for those who need to reveal additional dental structure to support a restoration such as a crown or bridge. We remove the minimum amount of soft tissue while still achieving patients’ goals, and most people achieve full recovery within just a few days.

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Woman smiling in dental chair looking back at cameraLearn More About how to choose a cosmetic dentist

This is a treatment that reshapes the gums to improve the overall appearance of the smile line by exposing underlying tooth structures. This treatment may be recommended for those patients who simply want to improve the appearance of a “gummy” smile or for those who need to reveal additional dental structure to support a restoration such as a crown or bridge. We remove the minimum amount of soft tissue while still achieving patients’ goals, and most people achieve full recovery within just a few days.

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Understanding the Cost of Cosmetic Dentistry

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When discussing your cosmetic dentistry plan, we’ll naturally need to spend some time discussing the costs of the services that you’re interested in. We can give you an estimate only after we know what you want to accomplish with your treatment. You can count on us to help you pick the cosmetic services that are the best choice for both your budget and your grin. Here are some of the basics you should know before you commit to any smile-enhancing procedures.

Which Cosmetic Dental Service Is Right for Me?

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There are several cosmetic dental treatments to choose from, but some might be a better fit for your smile than others. Before figuring out the cost of cosmetic dentistry, you need to define the kind of changes you want; this can mean improving the shade of your teeth, straightening them, or changing their shape and/or size. Once you have set concrete goals, you can start comparing the available treatments and how much they cost:

  • Veneers: Veneers are a viable option for addressing many different dental flaws all at once. Their exact cost depends on how many you need, but you can usually expect them to be pricier than teeth whitening; on the other hand, they also generally offer longer-lasting results.
  • Teeth Whitening: While teeth whitening can’t help with tooth shape or position, it can be a very effective way to remove stains and brighten yellowed teeth. The cost of teeth whitening typically falls in the mid-range. Bear in mind that more severe staining might call for multiple whitening treatments.
  • Crown Lengthening: A smile that looks too gummy or teeth that appear too stubby could be indications for crown lengthening. Some crown lengthening procedures are more extensive than others, and that has a significant effect on how much you’ll end up paying.

Cosmetic Dentistry Can Be an Investment Worth Making

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Taking the first step in committing to a cosmetic dentistry plan can be nerve-wracking. If you’re trying to decide whether you should move forward with the process, think about the ways cosmetic dentistry can pay off over time. You’re more likely to feel confident about your smile once the flaws that have been bothering you are corrected. This boost to your self-esteem can have a positive influence on your career as well as your social life. Additionally, beautiful teeth can help you make a powerful first impression when it really counts.

How to Make Cosmetic Dentistry Affordable

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A purely elective cosmetic procedure is normally not covered by dental insurance. However, some insurance companies might be willing to pay for at least a portion of the cost of a cosmetic treatment that also improves oral health. 

You may also be able to make cosmetic dentistry more affordable if you apply for CareCredit financing. With a CareCredit plan, you don’t have to cover the entire cost upfront; you can pay in installments instead.

Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs

Dentist examining woman's smileLearning all about the different types of cosmetic dentistry treatments available is a great place to start on your journey to a new and improved smile. With that being said, it’s completely natural to have a few questions on your mind before scheduling an initial consultation. Since many of our patients prefer to do their research online, we’ve taken the time to answer some of the most frequently asked questions here. On the other hand, if you’d prefer to speak directly with our team, then don’t hesitate to reach out!

How Long Will the Cosmetic Dentistry Process Take?

The cosmetic dentistry process can take anywhere from a couple of months to as little as one hour – it really depends on the smile-enhancing service you are interested in. For example, an in-office whitening treatment can lighten your teeth up to eight shades in a single visit. Veneers, on the other hand, require multiple appointments and for the thin shells of porcelain to be custom-made. If you have a particular event or milestone celebration rapidly approaching, don’t hesitate to let us know so we can ensure you have a picture-perfect smile in time.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Cosmetic Dentistry?

Since cosmetic dentistry treatments aren’t considered medically necessary, they typically aren’t eligible for coverage from your dental insurance provider. However, there are some exceptions. To start, metal-free dental crowns address both the function and aesthetic of a damaged tooth, which means as much as 80% of the final cost can be covered. That’s why our team will go above and beyond to maximize your much-deserved benefits and always be transparent about the cost upfront. If you are interested in a service that isn’t included in the fine print of your dental plan, flexible financing is also available!

Can My Teen Benefit from Cosmetic Dentistry?

If your teen is struggling to smile confidently due to crooked, stained, or otherwise imperfect teeth, then their emotional wellbeing can benefit from cosmetic dentistry. In fact, services like clear braces and teeth whitening can safely and effectively transform their smile. The best way to find out if your child is a candidate is to schedule an initial consultation with our team. Once we have confirmed their oral health is in good shape and have a better understanding of their unique dental needs, we can lay out a custom treatment plan designed to create the smile they’ve always wanted.

Is Cosmetic Dentistry Right for Me?

If you look in the mirror or see yourself in a picture and instantly wish you could enhance your smile, then cosmetic dentistry is the solution you’ve been looking for. Thanks to advancements in dentistry and technology, these smile-transforming services are not only incredibly safe, but they are extremely effective and can be completed in record time. So, there is no time like the present to achieve your smile goals. Contact our office today to schedule your initial consultation!

Does Cosmetic Dentistry Hurt?

Besides worry about the cost, the main hesitation that many people have about cosmetic dentistry is concern that the procedures will be painful. Rest assured that our dentists take your comfort very seriously. That’s why we use the latest dental technologies and techniques to minimize any discomfort on your end. For more involved procedures like veneers or crown lengthening, we’ll numb your mouth with a local anesthetic before beginning. While you may feel slightly sore for a few days afterward (or sensitive, in the case of teeth whitening), this feeling should only be minor, and it should subside within a few days at the most.

Is Cosmetic Dentistry Safe?

Just as we take steps to minimize your pain, we also aim to maximize your safety. Our dentists have years, even decades, of experience revitalizing patients’ smiles without jeopardizing their oral health. In fact, professional services like teeth whitening are several times safer than the over-the-counter versions – not to mention, they provide more dramatic and long-lasting results!

Does Cosmetic Dentistry Benefit My Health?  

It certainly can! Cosmetic dentistry is about so much more than just improving the aesthetics of your pearly whites. When you have a smile that you can be proud of, you’ll naturally want to show it off more often. Studies have shown that smiling triggers the release of chemicals in the brain that elevate your mood, like dopamine and serotonin. Plus, a strong sense of confidence is always good for your self-esteem and overall mental health.

However, it’s not just your mental health that benefits from cosmetic dentistry; your oral health can improve as well. If you love the way your teeth look, chances are you’ll want to keep it that way. Therefore, you’re more likely to brush, floss, and attend dental checkups and cleanings on a regular basis. Additionally, some cosmetic dentistry services, such as dental crowns, also protect your teeth from further damage. Not only does this make them eligible for partial insurance coverage, but it also leads to an overall healthier smile!

How Long Do the Results of Cosmetic Dentistry Last?

The lifespan of your results will vary based on the specific service you choose as well as how well you follow our post-treatment guidelines. While crown lengthening is designed to be permanent, other cosmetic treatments depend on maintaining your oral hygiene and avoiding activities that could break or stain your teeth. In general, the better you take care of your smile, the longer your results will last!

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