Are you happy with your smile?
Misaligned, yellowed, or damaged teeth can make patients lose self-confidence in their natural smiles. Cosmetic dentistry is any dental treatment that helps patients improve the aesthetics of their smiles.
While there are numerous procedures to choose from, great care must be considered by your dentist while designing a treatment plan. Our approach to cosmetic dentistry is more comprehensive than most. We provide you with not only a great aesthetic result, but one that will be functional, comfortable, and long-lasting.
Improving your smile can be as quick as a teeth whitening procedure, or may require more intensive procedures like getting dental implants. An experienced cosmetic dentist, Dr. Paul C. Larsen offers cosmetic dentistry in Bountiful, UT to enhance the beauty of your smile.
Whether you are interested in a simple teeth whitening treatment or a complete smile makeover, Dr. Larsen can ensure you receive the right options to meet your lifestyle and budget goals.
Cosmetic Dentistry in Bountiful, UT
Larsen Family Dental offers a variety of cosmetic dentistry services to meet the needs of our patients. We look forward to providing a thorough consultation on the current condition of your smile.
Our team will carefully listen to your wants and needs, evaluate your unique situation, and design a custom plan that will create the smile of your dreams. Below are our cosmetic dentistry treatments. You can also combine treatment options for a complete smile makeover at our cosmetic dentist office.
Invisalign Clear Aligners
For patients looking for a discreet way to fix their misaligned teeth, we are happy to offer Invisalign solutions. Invisalign is a set of clear retainers that apply pressure to your teeth over time and gently move them into the desired position. During treatment, you will need to see Dr. Larsen for periodic checkups so he can check on your progress. Patients love our Invisalign solutions because they are a more comfortable alternative to traditional braces.
If you have one or more damaged, discolored, or uneven teeth, Dr. Larsen can conceal these imperfections by placing custom-made porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin ceramic shells that are bonded securely to the front of each affected tooth. Our high-quality porcelain veneers are crafted in our trusted dental lab to blend seamlessly with your surrounding teeth.
Teeth bonding is a conservative procedure used to conceal minor issues like cracks, chips, stains, and gaps. The treatment can be completed in just one office visit! Dr. Larson begins by preparing your teeth and applying a tooth-colored resin material to the affected area. Then Dr. Larsen shapes the resin and hardens it using a curing light. Finally, he polishes your tooth to give you a natural, restored appearance.
It’s common for patients to experience a yellowing or dulled smile. This is because certain foods and drinks contain staining agents that latch onto our teeth. At Larsen Family Dental, we offer in-office and at-home Opalescence® teeth whitening solutions.
This means that you get to choose whether your treatment is supervised by our team, or done in the convenience of your own home! While the in-office procedure can whiten your teeth several shades in roughly an hour, the at-home system allows for treatment in the comfort of your own home and can be completed in as little as two weeks.
Does insurance pay for cosmetic dentistry?
Most dental insurance plans do not cover cosmetic dentistry procedures. Cosmetic dentistry is mainly for aesthetic purposes. However, some insurance plans may cover procedures they deem medically necessary for the patient’s oral health. Dental implants or braces for severe malocclusion are an example of this. It’s best to check with your specific dental insurance plan to understand what procedures they cover and what costs you may be responsible for.
How long does it take to recover from cosmetic dentistry?
The recovery time for cosmetic dentistry varies depending on the procedure you plan to have. Non-invasive treatments like teeth whitening have no recovery time. Invasive treatments like dental implants or orthodontic treatments can take several weeks or months for a full recovery. Discuss the recovery time with your dentist before undergoing any cosmetic dentistry procedure.
Are braces considered cosmetic dentistry?
While braces can also improve the appearance of teeth, they are not solely a cosmetic treatment. Dentists use braces to correct tooth misalignment and correct irregularities in your bite. Some may consider it a form of cosmetic dentistry. It ultimately depends on the specific treatment and the reason for undergoing it.
What is the failure rate of Invisalign?
The success rate of Invisalign is about 95%. This means the failure rate is only 5%. Invisalign failure is rare. The complexity of the case, patient compliance with wearing the aligners, and the experience and skill of the dentist or orthodontist will affect the success rate. Patients can increase their chances of success by following their dentist or orthodontist’s instructions and wearing the aligners for the time they recommend.
Will teeth whiten remove stains?
Yes. Teeth whitening treatments can effectively most surface-level stains. However, it will not be as effective at removing deeper stains, such as those from tobacco use or certain medical conditions. Furthermore, teeth whitening is not a permanent solution. You may need to repeat it periodically to maintain the whiteness you desire. Consult with a dentist before starting any teeth whitening treatment to determine the cause of the staining and the appropriate treatment for your case.
How long do porcelain veneers take to put on?
Porcelain veneers typically take two to three dental visits to complete. During the first appointment, the dentist will prepare your teeth and take impressions of them to create a custom set of veneers. The second appointment involves placing the porcelain veneers on the teeth with dental cement and making necessary adjustments. The entire process usually takes about two weeks from start to finish.
If you want to learn more about our cosmetic dentistry services at Larsen Family Dental, and how you can benefit from them, schedule an appointment online. Dr. Larsen takes the time to evaluate the condition of your smile and look for any underlying dental problems that could cause your treatment to break down over time. Your personal treatment plan will be designed to improve both the appearance and health of your smile.