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Financing Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment

Friday, February 24th, 2012

cosmetic dentistry ChicagoCosmetic dentistry can make a huge difference to someone who is unhappy or self-conscious about their smile. With a few visits to the dentist, a crooked, discolored or asymmetrical smile can be restored to perfection. Dental insurance does not always cover cosmetic procedures.

Financing Your Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment

The first place to look for financing for any dental procedure is your insurance. Your insurance might cover some or all of the procedure, depending upon the type of coverage you have and the reasons why the procedure is necessary. The only way to be sure whether your insurance will cover any part of the costs is to speak to a representative, so be sure to investigate this option before choosing another financing method.

If insurance will not cover the procedure, or if it will only partially defray the cost, other options include financing the expense. Most cosmetic dentists offer referrals to companies that will provide financing, usually with interest rates lower than those of a traditional loan.

Your dentist might also be able to arrange for a payment plan, through which you can pay off the cost of your cosmetic dentistry over a period of time. This could be arranged through a financing institution or directly with your dentist, depending upon your dentist’s preferences and policies.

Other Financing Options

Other options to consider might include a traditional loan through a financial institution you frequent, such as your local bank or credit union. You might also be able to use a low interest credit card. With a credit card of this kind, you can sometimes find rates even lower than what you might encounter with other forms of long-term financing.

Whatever financing method you choose, be sure it is one that fits your budget. Our cosmetic dentistry team will work with you to ensure you are comfortable with your financing, payment plan or other payment option.

To find out how we can help you set up a financing option for your cosmetic dentistry procedures, please call ORA Dental Studio in Chicago at 312-328-9007 today.

Misshapen Teeth: What Are My Options?

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

When people think of issues with the appearance of the teeth, they generally think of misplaced or crooked teeth. However, misshapen teeth can also cause your smile to look uneven or cause you to be self-conscious about your smile. Like crooked or misplaced teeth, though, misshapen teeth can be treated with relatively simple procedures such as Lumineers. 

For misshapen teeth, Lumineers are carefully molded to make your teeth look more natural and your smile more symmetrical.

What are Lumineers?

Lumineers are a type of dental veneer made of porcelain. Although all porcelain veneers are very thin, Lumineers are even thinner, allowing your cosmetic dentist to place them on your teeth with minimal restructuring of the tooth surface. In some cases, Lumineers can be applied directly to the teeth without any restructuring at all.

Because of their versatility and ease of application, Lumineers are often used to correct the look of teeth that are:

  • Pitted
  • Cracked
  • Chipped
  • Severely discolored
  • Slightly misaligned
  • Misshapen

For misshapen teeth, Lumineers are carefully molded to make your teeth look more natural and your smile more symmetrical. Lumineers will give your teeth a shape consistent with that of your other teeth, giving you a perfect, long lasting smile. In addition, Lumineers can be removed if you are unhappy with the final result. This is usually not possible with other types of porcelain veneers.

How Lumineers are Applied

Like other porcelain veneers, Lumineers are usually placed in two steps involving two separate visits to your cosmetic dentist. At the first visit, the dentist makes a mold of your teeth. This mold is sent to the lab where Lumineers are manufactured. Your custom veneers will be ready usually in a few days. In general, preparation for Lumineers does not require the use of temporary veneers.

At your second visit, your cosmetic dentist will affix the veneers to your teeth using a special bonding agent. Lumineers will feel comfortable and look natural right away, and your new, perfect smile will last as long as twenty years with appropriate care.

To find out more about how Lumineers can help you achieve a perfect smile, please contact our Chicago IL office to schedule a consultation.

Are You Prepared for a Dental Emergency?

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

dentist 60616Though most everyone has a first aid kit ready and waiting in their home for minor injuries, many don’t think to include the necessities for dealing with a dental emergency. However, dental emergencies can be addressed with simple first aid just like other accidents, increasing the likelihood of a positive outcome even if you have lost a tooth. If you are properly prepared for a dental emergency, you can keep bleeding or other problems under control on your way to the dentist, where professional treatment can take over.

What Constitutes a Dental Emergency?

Any injury to the mouth could be considered a dental emergency. Teeth could damage the lips, tongue or cheeks, or teeth could be broken or dislodged. Immediate care for this type of injury helps reduce discomfort and increase the speed of healing.

Most common causes of dental injuries include:

  • Falls
  • Facial trauma in other types of accidents
  • Sports injuries

Small children are particularly susceptible to dental injuries, since they fall frequently, and falls on the face can break or dislodge teeth or cause teeth to injure the lips or tongue. Participants in contact sports are also at higher risk for dental emergencies, and should always wear a mouthguard to protect their teeth.

Basic Care for a Dental Emergency

Dental emergencies are treated much like other mild to moderate injuries, though there are special considerations for dislodged or loosened teeth. First, stop any bleeding using pressure and gauze. This allows you to judge the extent of the injury. If teeth are loose or dislodged, it is especially important to see your dentist right away.

For a tooth that has been completely dislodged, place the tooth in milk or a special solution specifically for preservation of lost teeth and take it with you to the dentist. Some teeth can be placed back in the socket and allowed to heal if you take prompt action. Don’t try to replace the tooth yourself, as it could be contaminated with substances that could lead to infection.

To find out more about how to prepare for and treat dental emergencies, please call ORA Dental Studio, serving the 60616 area, at 312-328-9007 for an appointment.