You’re on your afternoon coffee break and the weather is particularly nice. Not too hot or too cold, just right. On days like this you tend to just sit and watch people pass you by. One person in particular catches your eye. They are talking on their phone and their smile just jumped out at you… It is, for lack of a better word, “perfect.” You take care of your teeth every day, but they will probably never look like that, you think to yourself. You could probably have some cosmetic dentistry done, but is that really necessary? How does that relate to keeping your teeth heathy? Thinking practically, will insurance cover something that makes your teeth look better? Dr. Melanie White, your cosmetic dentist in Evansville, answers these common questions.
Cosmetic Dentistry and You
Even healthy teeth are not always aesthetically pleasing to look at. Issues such as chips, cracks, gaps, or discoloration can be impossible to take care of at home. This is where cosmetic dentistry comes in. Cosmetic dentistry refers to a variety of practices and procedures that are meant to help your smile look better, but are not always medically necessary. A prime example of this is teeth-whitening. While it may help your smile look fantastic, it has little to do with how they function. The health of your smile is our top priority at Maple Grove Family Dental, but we also understand teeth have a strong social component in our society. People with beautiful smiles are often seen as more professional, attractive, and confident. The ideal approach is to balance both. Your teeth should be both healthy and beautiful. The best way to accomplish this is to find a practice that is familiar with the various types of dentistry. The team at Maple Grove Family Dental are ready and able to provide you with any type of service you need to accomplish this goal. The ability to do this with one practice makes life easier for the patient and more rewarding for the people treating them.
Will Insurance Cover My Cosmetic Dentistry?
This answer, like many things in life, is “it depends.” Cosmetic dentistry procedures are often considered elective and are not covered by insurance. However, many procedures that have cosmetic benefits can pertain to your teeth’s health. A porcelain crown may be used to replace a large filling. This would both repair your tooth and help it’s appearance, and would partially be covered by insurance. Chipped or damaged teeth could be fixed using a set of porcelain veneers. The best way to make sure if insurance will cover any dental procedure is to check with your dental benefits provider. Make sure to consult your dentist too, as they may be able to help you know which particular procedure can both address your health and your appearance.