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Cosmetic Dentistry in Manhattan & Brooklyn, NY

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    Do you hide your smile when talking with others, feeling less than confident about how it looks? Cosmetic dentistry might be the solution. Cosmetic dentistry is becoming increasingly popular, but the available treatments may initially seem confusing. Becoming more informed will help you make the right choice to achieve your dream smile.

    What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

    Cosmetic dentistry procedures focus on improving the appearance of teeth and overall aesthetics. One of the most well-known treatments is teeth whitening; the benefits are purely cosmetic. However, some procedures, like dental crowns, bridges, veneers, and dental bonding, can potentially improve oral health, making them a great investment in your smile.

    Is Cosmetic Dentistry Covered by Your Insurance?

    Is Cosmetic Dentistry Covered by Your Insurance?NYC cosmetic dentists at Century Dental Center located in Midtown Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn accept all major insurance plans, including Fidelis Care, MetroPlus Dental, ElderPlan, Medicaid, and AARP Medicare Advantage for dental and select cosmetic procedures, such as crowns.

    Some insurance plans may cover implants. However, it is important to discuss your individual plan with the insurance provider and obtain necessary authorizations. Rest assured, we will contact your insurance on your behalf and work together to obtain all required authorizations for the cosmetic dental services you need.

    What is the Difference Between Cosmetic Dentistry and General Dentistry?

    General dentistry encompasses treatments you need to maintain a healthy, strong smile. General dentists provide preventive and restorative treatments like dental checkups, hygiene appointments, fillings, and root canal therapy. Cosmetic dentistry instead focuses on creating a more beautiful and cosmetically appealing smile.

    Why See a Cosmetic Dentist?

    While most general dental practices offer cosmetic dental treatments, not all dentists have a passion for this field of dentistry. Therefore it is worth seeking out a cosmetic dentist with a deep interest in this subject and who has completed continuing education in the latest cosmetic dentistry techniques and can use the latest materials.

    Our dentists and entire dental team love to learn and attend continuing education courses regularly, so you can be sure of receiving the most up-to-date cosmetic dental treatments using the latest materials. Excellent cosmetic dentistry also blends science with artistry, and the best dentist can create custom smiles that complement patients’:

    • Facial structures
    • Facial features
    • Skin tone

    Combining these factors ensures you receive results that meet and hopefully exceed your expectations.

    For more information about our New York City cosmetic dentists or to schedule an appointment, call Century Dental Center or visit us in person at the Manhattan or Brooklyn office.

    How to Know if Cosmetic Dentistry is Right for You?

    It’s worth considering cosmetic dentistry if you are concerned about the appearance of your teeth, for example, if you have any of the following problems:

    • Chipped, worn, or cracked teeth
    • Misshapen teeth or teeth that are too small
    • Misaligned teeth
    • Unsightly gaps between teeth
    • Tooth staining and discoloration

    Cosmetic dentistry is suitable for people with teeth and gums that are generally healthy and strong. When you first visit Century Dental, we assess your oral health carefully, as if you have any dental problems like tooth decay or gum disease, we must treat these first. Ensuring your smile is healthy before treatment helps ensure the results last longer and provide maximum value.

    Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments and Procedures in Manhattan & Brooklyn

    Procedures typically used include ceramic crowns and bridges, veneers, dental bonding, and teeth whitening.

    Common Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

    Ceramic Crowns

    Ceramic CrownsThe most aesthetically pleasing crowns are metal-free and made entirely from ceramic materials.

    A crown is custom-made to cover a tooth entirely, restoring its appearance and often its strength and structure.

    Dental crowns are routinely prescribed to protect and restore teeth. Still, they can be considered a cosmetic dental procedure since the crown is hand designed and fabricated and is carefully contoured and colored to blend in with your natural teeth, providing you with a beautiful and complete smile.

    Ceramic Dental Bridges

    Ceramic Dental BridgeLike crowns, the best cosmetic dental bridges are metal-free, bridging the gap left by one or more missing teeth.

    Dental bridges are also frequently prescribed as a restorative dental treatment.

    A dental bridge or tooth bridge is supported by crowns fitted over the teeth adjacent to the gap and attached to the replacement tooth or teeth, called pontics. These pontics are shaped to look like natural teeth and rest on the gums. They can be made from various materials, including porcelain alloys or gold.

    Dental Veneers

    Porcelain VeneersDental veneers are often used in cosmetic dentistry, hiding a tooth’s front surface, masking minor imperfections like cracks, chips, worn areas, or discoloration, and closing or minimizing gaps between teeth.

    A veneer is a thin porcelain shell custom-made to fit over a tooth’s front, sides, and biting or incisal edge.

    To create that bright and vibrant look, dentists at Century Dental Center offer a wide range of veneers, from porcelain to composite resin and prepless.

    Dental Bonding

    Dental BondingDental bonding uses tooth-colored composite resin applied directly to a tooth surface to look more cosmetically appealing.

    Dental bonding treatment can hide cracks and chips in teeth and fill small to medium-sized cavities. Dental bonding can be more cost-effective than porcelain veneers but isn’t as hard-wearing.

    Teeth Whitening

    This is probably the most requested cosmetic dental treatment and can provide results in as little as an hour. Professional teeth whitening in our dental office can lift the overall color of teeth by several shades, using high-strength products not available to the general public.

    Custom home whitening kits can enhance or top up the results in the comfort of your own home. Treatment is fast, affordable, and safe when done by a dental professional.

    How Does Cosmetic Dentistry Work?

    Anyone interested in cosmetic dentistry will need a consultation with our cosmetic dentist at Century Dental Center.

    During this appointment, we will discuss what you want to achieve and which imperfections you wish to correct. We can provide a suitable treatment plan after discussing your aims and examining your mouth. The plan will detail:

    • Recommended treatments
    • Time needed to complete
    • Costs

    Sometimes more than one solution is available, depending on the material chosen. If this is the case, we will explain the differences clearly, so you can make an informed choice that fits your schedule and budget.

    Once you decide on a treatment, we can schedule a time convenient for you to attend our dental office. Treatments such as crowns, bridges, and porcelain veneers will almost certainly require at least two visits, and you will need a local anesthetic to ensure the procedure is comfortable. Dental bonding can usually be completed during a single visit, and it might not be necessary to numb the teeth treated. Teeth whitening is another treatment completed during a single visit and does not require a local anesthetic.

    How Much is Cosmetic Dentistry?

    Cosmetic dentistry costs vary considerably, depending on the techniques and materials used. For example, all-ceramic or metal-free crowns and bridges cost more than restorations with a metal substructure covered with porcelain because the materials used are far more advanced and modern and provide superior results.

    However, these materials, for example, zirconia, can be high-strength, so in addition to looking great, they should last for many years to come with the right ongoing oral care. Other treatments, like dental bonding and teeth whitening, are extremely affordable, providing excellent results, although they might not last as long.

    When deciding on treatment options, it is worth considering how long the results could last, as they could prove more cost-effective in the longer term. If you have dental insurance, check with your provider to see if some treatments are covered, at least partially. While teeth whitening is purely cosmetic and is unlikely to be covered, dental crowns and bridges can provide restorative benefits that protect your dental health, and some or all the costs might be claimable.

    What are the Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry?

    Well-planned cosmetic dentistry, using the best techniques and materials, can provide a more balanced, full, and beautiful smile. It can brighten the appearance of stained, dull teeth and improve their overall shape and symmetry.  Knowing you have a healthy, attractive smile can boost self-confidence and self-esteem.

    Published Data

    Dental Esthetic – Satisfaction

    The table presents the most common reason for patients to undergo cosmetic dental treatments.

    StatisticValue
    Percentage of patients who were not satisfied with their general dental appearance52.8%
    Percentage of patients who were not happy with the color of their teeth56.2%
    Percentage of patients who regarded their teeth as poorly aligned32.3%
    Percentage of patients who regarded their teeth as crowded26.4%
    Percentage of patients who regarded their teeth as protruded23.4%
    Treatment most desired by patients48.1% (Tooth whitening)

    Side Effects

    The table shows the most common side effects in cosmetic dentistry.

    Side EffectDescriptionSeverityFrequency
    SensitivityTeeth whitening can cause teeth to become temporary sensitive to hot and cold temperaturesMild20-35% of patients
    Gum recessionGradual shrinking of the gums away from the teeth can result from gum disease, but some cosmetic procedures, such as teeth whitening and dental bonding, can also cause it.Mild to moderate5-10% of patients
    InfectionThere is a risk of infection after an incision in the skinRare1-2% (4–10% implants) of patients
    Allergic reactionAllergic reaction to the materials used in cosmetic dentistry, such as the adhesives used in bonding or the whitening agents used in teeth whitening.Rareless than 1% of patients
    Unnatural appearanceSome people may be unhappy with the results of their cosmetic dentistry, feeling that their teeth look unnatural or fake.Subjective10-20% of patients

    * It is important to discuss the risks and benefits of cosmetic dentistry with your local dentist before you decide to have any procedures done.


    Are You Ready to Achieve Your Best Smile?

    If the answer is yes, New York City-based cosmetic dentists are here to help. Century Dental Center provides an excellent range of cosmetic dental treatments for when you decide your smile needs a little more help to look its best. We can help you achieve your dream smile, whether in time for a special event, vacation, or simply because you deserve it. Modern cosmetic dentistry can achieve wonderful results, whether you are looking to subtly enhance your smile or completely rejuvenate it.

    Page Updated on Oct 5, 2023, Reviewed by Ramin Rayhan, DDS (Dentist) of Century Dental Center
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