Cosmetic Dentistry - Burlington, MA
Long-Lasting Results for a Confident Smile
At Complete Dental Care, some of our most popular cosmetic dentistry services include cosmetic bonding, teeth whitening, and porcelain veneers. With the multitude of restorative, cosmetic, and preventive dentistry options available to our patients, we can give you the smile you desire!
Cosmetic dentistry is a passion for Burlington dentist Dr. James Kostas. Not only is the health of your teeth and gums important, but so is the way they look. Studies have shown that people with beautiful, healthy smiles are considered more attractive and successful. Having a nice smile improves your confidence, especially when it’s time to ask your boss for a raise or go on a first date.
Featured Cosmetic Services
Smiling Helps Elevate Your Mood!
Research has shown that a smile is a powerful mood booster—not only able to lift you, the one smiling, out of the doldrums, but also those around you who witness your smile. Smiling often has many physical benefits, too, such as lowering your blood pressure and improving your immune system. If you’re not smiling because you’re embarrassed about the state of your teeth, cosmetic dentistry may benefit you. With the plentiful cosmetic dentistry options available at Complete Dental Care, Dr. James Kostas can help you reach your full smile potential!
We Offer Zoom! In-Office & Take-Home Teeth Whitening
Sometimes all your smile needs is a little brightening. With our teeth whitening services, we can boost your smile wattage. We provide Zoom! in-office whitening at our Burlington office and Zoom! take-home kits for the patients who want to whiten their teeth on their own schedule. Either way, you’ll get a brighter, more beautiful smile! If you want whiter teeth and to fix minor cosmetic flaws, then consider the wide-ranging benefits of porcelain veneers!
When you come to our Burlington office for your cosmetic dentistry consultation, Dr. Kostas will give you a detailed dental examination. Depending on your oral health and your beautification goals, Dr. Kostas will create a unique cosmetic dentistry treatment plan personally designed to create the smile you’ve always wanted. Dr. Kostas may also recommend a combination of cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments for a full-mouth reconstruction.
Veneers are thin sheaths of dental porcelain shaped to fit over the front surfaces of teeth. These high quality, durable, stain resistant cosmetic restorations offer patients instant correction for a number of cosmetic concerns including chips, cracks, gaps, and stains. The procedure is minimally invasive and can be completed over two appointments. During the first visit, we remove a small amount of surface enamel to allow the veneer to lay flat within the smile line. Then, we take bite impressions that are sent to our lab where a custom veneer is created, and finally, we place a temporary to protect the prepared teeth. Once we receive the custom veneer, patients return to exchange the temporary for their permanent porcelain veneer.
Restorative treatments like crowns, bridges, inlays, and onlays are available in a number of materials depending on patients’ needs and preferences. Gold restorations offer superior strength and minimal wear against opposing teeth, but they are the most cosmetically inferior solution. Porcelain bonded to metal is more natural looking, but the porcelain wears revealing the darker metal below over time. Metal-free, all-ceramic restorations are the best cosmetic option, and they are ideal for any patient who has allergies or sensitivities to metal. The all-ceramic materials we use are the most biocompatible available in dentistry today.
As an alternative to porcelain veneers, cosmetic bonding can be used to conceal a number of cosmetic flaws. The same composite resin used for tooth-colored fillings can be utilized to correct these purely cosmetic concerns including minor chips, cracks, gaps, and stains that are resistant to whitening. Cosmetic bonding offers patients three main advantages when compared with porcelain veneers:
- We’re able to complete the procedure without removing any tooth enamel making the treatment reversible in some cases, if patients change their minds
- The comfortable procedure can be completed in just one visit
- They are a more cost effective solution than porcelain veneers for patients
Gum Recontouring & Crown Lengthening
Gum recontouring and crown lengthening are two similar procedures performed for different reasons. Gum recontouring is a purely cosmetic treatment designed to correct smiles that appear “gummy.” Crown lengthening is necessary when there is inadequate tooth structure to support a crown or other restoration. Both procedures remove a precise amount of gum tissue to make teeth look even. Traditionally, these treatments were completed using a scalpel and stitches. The necessary tissue was cut away, and sutures were used to reattach the gums. We typically recommend patients complete these procedures using state-of-the-art soft tissue laser dentistry. This technique makes the treatment and recovery process more comfortable for patients.
We also offer Botox treatment for the “gummy” smile. Ask us if you might benefit from this new and painless options
Botox & Dermal Fillers
Achieving the beautiful dream of your smiles might be a short-lived victory if you’re still dissatisfied with the appearance of the face around it. Here in Burlington, our team is happy to now offer Botox and Dermal Filler therapy to our patients who are in need of a cosmetic boost! These fast and painless treatments will help to reduce the appearance of noticeable wrinkles and fine lines, and their rejuvenating effects can last for months.
If you’re embarrassed by several cosmetic imperfections, you might be a candidate for a smile makeover. Not only can we improve the aesthetics of your smile, but in some cases, also the function of your teeth. We’ll use a series of customized procedures to give you the beautiful smile you deserve, like teeth whitening, veneers, or dental implants. You will enjoy natural-looking results to love the teeth you see in the mirror.
Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs
If you’re unhappy with the way your teeth look, your cosmetic dentist in Burlington can create the smile of your dreams; however, it’s a big investment. It is normal to be a bit apprehensive, but there isn’t any reason to worry. We’ll explain everything during your consultation. In the meantime, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions our patients ask us.
What’s the difference between veneers and crowns?
Although veneers and crowns seem similar, they are also quite different. A veneer covers the front surface of a tooth to hide several imperfections, like chips, cracks, and discoloration. They are thinner than ever to preserve more of your tooth’s structure during the bonding process. Most often, they are used in cosmetic dentistry while dental crowns are used for their restorative benefits. A crown covers the entire surface of a tooth above the gum line. As a result, your tooth will need to be reshaped to bond the crown over it. They are often recommended to treat a tooth that’s been damaged by decay or injury.
Can teeth whitening improve the color of restorations?
Professional whitening treatments are more effective than ever. The highly concentrated whitening agent deeply penetrates the enamel to get teeth as much as 8 shades brighter. Although teeth whitening in Burlington can treat stains and discoloration, it can’t change the color of restorations, like veneers, bonding, or crowns. If you’re concerned about any color inconsistencies, your dentist can replace your restorations to ensure they match your new bright smile.
Why are veneers popular?
Many of your favorite celebrities achieved their red-carpet smiles with veneers; however, people from all walks of life can benefit from them, too. Veneers in Burlington are popular because they can fix several issues at once, so you won’t need multiple procedures to be a cost-effective solution. Not to mention, the procedure is minimally invasive and provides dramatic results after as few as 2 appointments.
How much does cosmetic dentistry cost?
There isn’t a set fee for cosmetic dentistry because every treatment plan differs. After performing an initial consultation and learning more about your goals, we’ll provide you with a personalized estimate. A member of our team will explain the fees associated with your plan and your payment options. You’ll know exactly what you’ll need to pay before committing to any treatment, so you aren’t caught off guard by any unexpected fees. We accept several payment methods to help you find the solutions you need to keep a beautiful smile within your budget. Besides traditional payment options, we also accept third-party financing.
Can I use my dental insurance for cosmetic dentistry?
It’s rare for a dental insurance company to pay for cosmetic dentistry because the procedures are elective; however, there are some exceptions. Many cosmetic treatments also offer restorative benefits; therefore, if it’s deemed medically necessary, you may be able to use your coverage to offset the cost. If applicable, we’ll help you maximize your dental benefits to lower the amount you’ll need to pay out-of-pocket.