Cosmetic Dentistry - Bloomington, IN
Transforming Smiles, seamlessly
For those patients who don’t have the flawless, celebrity smiles they desire, Dr. Martin T. Barco and his Bloomington, IN dental team offer a wide array of cosmetic dentistry solutions to transform flawed teeth into flawless smiles. If you’d like to enhance your smile’s natural beauty, call our team to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation today. Our comfortable, state-of-the-art dentistry practice welcomes patients from surrounding communities including Ellettsville and Martinsville to trust their cosmetic dental needs to the Barco Family Dentistry team.
Veneers are thin sheaths of porcelain that are affixed to the front-facing surfaces of teeth. We may recommend porcelain veneers for patients who have a large area of wear or staining that they would like to conceal. The process is simple. We remove a small amount of surface enamel so the veneer will lie flat within the smile line, capture bite impressions, and place a temporary veneer. When our dental lab returns the custom veneer, you’ll return to exchange the temporary for a customized veneer that will last a decade or longer with proper care.
Lumineers are a unique brand of porcelain veneer that allows us to affix the veneer without removing any surface tooth enamel. In addition to being a less invasive solution, patients may also prefer Lumineers because this treatment option is often reversible, if they change their mind about treatment. Like traditional veneers, the Lumineer placement process is completed over the course of two visits. During the initial appointment, we simply capture the impressions that are used by our lab to design the custom Lumineer. Then, patients return to have their veneer placed without the need for the placement and removal of a temporary.
In addition to providing restoration for damaged or decayed teeth, dental crowns can also be used to improve the appearance of malformed, stained, or cosmetically flawed teeth. For these cases, we use metal-free, all-ceramic restorations. Like traditional crowns, the process can either be completed over two appointments with a dental lab crafted restoration or in a single appointment using crowns crafted by our in-office milling unit. With proper care, these crowns can last one or more decades, and even after years of daily wear, they retain their natural appearance.
Using the same composite resin that composes tooth colored fillings, we can correct purely cosmetic smile concerns including chips, cracks, gaps, and stains. Less durable than porcelain veneers, direct bonding is typically only recommended for those patients whose cosmetic flaws are not as widespread as those in need of veneers. However, if you want to conceal just a few cosmetic irregularities, direct bonding may be a simple, same day treatment alternative to porcelain veneers that will leave you with a flawless smile.
Possibly the most popular cosmetic dentistry service we offer, teeth whitening provides comfortable, convenient smile brightening solutions for patients. Through in-office whitening, patients can achieve a smile up to ten shades brighter in only 30 minutes!
Additionally, our at-home whitening kits utilize professional grade whitening gel and custom crafted application trays to provide more advanced whitening results. Unlike store-bought whitening options which fail to deliver, you can achieve the same level of whitening you’d find in the office with just two weeks of daily application.
Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs
Cosmetic dentistry is a big investment, so it’s normal to have some concerns before you’re ready to commit to anything. Don’t worry, your cosmetic dentist in Bloomington, Dr. Barco, will explain everything during your consultation. In the meantime, here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Is cosmetic dentistry expensive?
Cosmetic dentistry is associated with a hefty price tag, but you don’t have to be rich or famous to improve your smile. You have several solutions to choose from, which means there’s a treatment to fit your budget. Various factors affect the amount you’ll pay, like the procedure, the complexity of your case, and the materials. After examining your mouth and learning more about your goals, Dr. Barco will create a personalized plan to revamp your smile. A member of our team will review your estimate and payment options.
How long does cosmetic dentistry last?
Cosmetic dentistry isn’t a single procedure. Instead, it’s a category used for elective services, like teeth whitening, veneers, or dental bonding. Each procedure has a different lifespan and multiple factors will affect the duration of your results. Dr. Barco will discuss the average life expectancy of your procedure and what you can do to get the most from your investment, like a good oral hygiene routine and regular dental care. It’s best to avoid anything that can compromise your new smile, like smoking, using your teeth as tools, or chewing on inedible objects. Don’t forget to wear an athletic mouthguard if you play sports.
Does cosmetic dentistry hurt?
Dr. Barco will keep your comfort a top priority to ensure you’re comfortable while in the dental chair using the latest technologies and techniques. Not to mention, a local sedative will numb the area to block any pain signals, depending on your treatment plan. While you won’t feel anything during your appointment, some procedures can cause temporary pain or tenderness. You can manage any discomfort using an OTC pain reliever. A cold compress can numb the area temporarily. Desensitizing toothpaste can reduce any sensitivity from hot or cold foods and drinks. Dr. Barco may have additional aftercare instructions, like eating softer foods.
Can I use my dental insurance for cosmetic dentistry?
It is rare for dental insurance to pay for elective procedures, but there are exceptions. Many cosmetic and restorative treatments offer overlapping benefits. If Dr. Barco deems a procedure is necessary for your dental health, your coverage can offset the cost. After meeting your annual deductible, your dental insurance can pay up to 80% of the cost of common restorative services, like cosmetic bonding or metal-free restorations. Our office will work on your behalf with your dental insurance to maximize any appropriate coverage to lower the amount you’ll pay out-of-pocket. If there’s any remaining balance, our office provides several payment options to keep a beautiful smile affordable. Besides traditional payment methods, we also accept third-party financing. You can pay for your new smile using monthly installments with little or no interest based on your credit approval.