Cosmetic Dentistry in Center City

Is cosmetic dentistry worth it?

Plenty of patients have found cosmetic dentistry to significantly improve their smile and confidence, especially those who suffer from dental issues that hinder their self-esteem. Taking the time to evaluate your confidence level can help you decide whether cosmetic dental treatment is the right investment for you. If your teeth have kept you from smiling, laughing, or speaking in front of others, it may be time to consider cosmetic dentistry. With our high-quality treatment options at Bayview Dental, you can achieve a confident smile that glows from the inside out. Schedule an appointment at Bayview Dental if you are located in the lakes area.

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Did you know…

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Studies show that having a healthy, beautiful smile boosts both our social and professional success.

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What to expect at your cosmetic consultation

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Candid Conversation

Your dentist will begin your consultation by asking how you truly feel about your smile. Are there issues or imperfections that make you feel self-conscious? What would you change? What are the parts you like and appreciate about your smile? Every detail helps your dentist craft the perfect cosmetic treatment plan for you. 

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Thorough Exam

By conducting a comprehensive oral exam, your dentist will be able to identify any issues that may not make you a suitable candidate for a particular treatment. Since cosmetic dentistry should only be performed on healthy teeth, your dentist will let you know if any restorative work is required for your smile.

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Tailored Treatment Plan

After examining your mouth and discussing your problems and preferences, your dentist will then provide you with a recommended treatment plan. 

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Explore Your Options

Your dentist will offer multiple different options to restore a smile, so you can choose the one that best suits your lifestyle, budget, and priorities. 

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Scheduling & Payment

After you and your dentist have found the perfect cosmetic treatment plan, our friendly team will guide you through payment options and schedule your upcoming treatment appointments.

Cosmetic Treatment Options

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Take-Home Teeth Whitening

Whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home! Take-home whitening kits provide more subtle, gradual results over the course of about a week.

We’ll start off by taking impressions of your teeth, using either dental putty or digital images with an intraoral scanner. These impressions will help us create a set of reusable custom whitening trays made just for you.
After the process is complete, we’ll provide you with your custom trays, whitening product, and instructions for proper use. Simply follow your dentist’s instructions, and you’ll get professional-grade results right in your own home.

Dental Bonding, Shaping & Contouring

Dental bonding uses a special tooth-colored dental resin that is applied directly to your tooth during treatment to match the shade of your smile. By carefully shaping and sculpting the resin, your dentist will correct the shape of your tooth and restore your smile’s overall look and functionality. Each tooth treatment takes only about 30-60 minutes, and the process is completely non-invasive.

Shaping & contouring is also called enameloplasty. This cosmetic process is often used alongside bonding. To shape and contour, a thin layer of enamel is removed from uneven, chipped, or pointy teeth to grant you a more even, appealing smile.


Veneers are thin, tooth-colored porcelain shells that are attached to the front of teeth to treat small gaps between teeth, severe staining, misshapen or uneven teeth, and much more. Durable and long-lasting, veneers can completely transform your smile. Veneers are permanent and cannot be removed, because they require the removal of some of your natural enamel, which is an irreversible process.

Did you know…

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Teeth can be brightened up to 10  shades in a single in-office teeth whitening session. It’s also the most popular cosmetic dental treatment.

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Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs

Are Cosmetic Dental Treatments Painful?

No, you will not experience any pain during any of the cosmetic dental treatments we offer at Bayview Dental. This is because Dr. Eric Youngner will always administer local anesthesia when there is any risk of pain or discomfort, such as enameloplasty which involves removing a small amount of tooth enamel in preparation for veneers. 

Dental bonding only involves building onto the outside layer of the tooth so this procedure often does not even require any anesthetic. Teeth whitening may cause some tooth sensitivity in certain people, which can be alleviated with desensitizing gels or sensitive toothpaste. Tooth sensitivity is only temporary and will go away within 24-48 hours, as the dentinal tubules in your teeth repair themselves.

How Long Does Cosmetic Dentistry Last?

The longevity of your cosmetic dental treatment varies depending on the specific treatment you received, your oral hygiene and lifestyle, and how well you follow aftercare instructions. Teeth whitening can last from 6 months to 3 years. Those who avoid staining foods and drinks, regularly brush and floss, and attend regular dental visits will increase the longevity of their whitening treatment.

Dental bonding is a procedure that can last anywhere from 3-10 years. Again, practicing good oral hygiene can increase the longevity of the results, as would protecting the teeth from damage. This means wearing a mouthguard at night if you grind your teeth, avoiding chewing excessively hard or chewy foods, and refraining from using teeth as tools.

The lifespan of veneers depends on the material they are made of which can be either porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain veneers are more durable and will last for 7-15 years, while composite resin veneers will only last for 4-8 years. 

Are Veneers Permanent?

While veneers will need to be replaced, it’s important to understand the alteration to your natural enamel is permanent. Because veneers are slightly thicker than your teeth, you will need to have .5 mm of your enamel filed down so they fit in line with the rest of your smile. 

If you decide later on that you no longer want veneers, you will still need to cover up your thinner enamel which has a higher risk for damage and decay if left exposed.

Is Cosmetic Dentistry Covered by Insurance?

Cosmetic dental treatments are often not covered by insurance unless the treatment is also restorative and helps to improve the function and structure of the tooth. For example, dental bonding may not be covered by insurance if it is performed strictly for cosmetic reasons. 

However, if the patient has a severely chipped tooth and tooth bonding will help restore the structure and function of the tooth, then it is considered medically necessary and may potentially be covered by insurance. Of course, this depends on what insurance you have and what your specific policy is, but cosmetic dentistry will only ever be covered if the treatment is not purely elective.

Did you know…

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Soda is one of the leading causes for tooth decay and discoloration.

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