Many patients have questions about cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Jeffrey Lowe has provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about cosmetic treatments. For more information on cosmetic dentistry in Hays, Kansas, and to schedule an appointment with our dentist, we welcome you to contact Lifetime Dental Care at (785) 498-7130.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is the field of dentistry that focuses on improving the appearance of your teeth. Treatments are designed to enhance the overall appearance and effect of your smile, and are tailored to each individual patient.

How much does cosmetic dentistry cost?

Treatment costs vary depending on the complexity of the treatments that you require. After a consultation with our dentist, we will be able to give you an estimate of your treatment costs. Our practice also offers a variety of financing options to help make your beautiful smile a reality.

What dental problems does cosmetic dentistry address?

Almost all aesthetic issues can be treated by cosmetic dentistry. Common problems include chipped, cracked, stained, misaligned, and uneven teeth.

How effective is teeth whitening?

Professional, in-office teeth whitening treatments can be extremely effective. We often see patients’ whose teeth become several shades brighter after a single, one-hour appointment to our office. Take-home and over-the-counter whitening treatments are slower and less effective than treatments performed at our practice.

What are porcelain dental veneers?

Porcelain dental veneers are thin shells made of dental ceramic. They are bonded directly to the front surfaces of your teeth, and can mask imperfections in the teeth to provide a picture-perfect smile. Because the ceramic we use matches the natural color of tooth enamel, they are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

What are the best treatment options for chipped or cracked teeth?

Your treatment will depend on the severity of the damage. For minor chips and cracks, our dentist may recommend dental bonding or composite fillings. If you have moderate to severe damage, Dr. Jeffrey Lowe may recommend anything from a dental veneer to a dental crown to restore your tooth.

Can I replace my metal fillings with tooth-colored fillings?

Absolutely! It is actually fairly common for patients with gold or amalgam fillings to have our dentist replace their restorations with tooth-colored materials. This can be done for aesthetic reasons, or as a result of health concerns.

What is a smile makeover?

Smile makeovers are combinations of multiple cosmetic procedures. Our dentist will work with you to determine your needs and recommend the treatments that will provide the greatest improvements to your smile.

Is cosmetic dentistry actually effective?

Because cosmetic dentistry deals primarily with the aesthetics of your smile, you may need to see the results before you can decide if a cosmetic treatment is effective. We often see our patients experience great benefits from cosmetic dentistry. Please feel free to visit or contact our office for more information.

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