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Cosmetic Dentistry – Little Rock, AR

Making Your Smile Shine

You could be taking excellent care of your teeth, but over time, they may become dull, worn down, and/or damaged. These cosmetic flaws may not necessarily be harmful to your oral health, but they can still be embarrassing enough to prevent you from smiling openly in front of others. Our dentists at Little Rock Family Dental Care can help you feel comfortable and confident with your grin again; simply contact our dental office to ask about our various options for cosmetic dentistry in Little Rock, AR to correct and enhance your smile.

Why Choose Little Rock Family Dental Care for Cosmetic Dentistry?

Porcelain Veneers

Woman's smile compared with porcelain veneer shade chart

Perhaps you have a slight crack in your tooth. Or maybe there’s a stain that no amount of whitening has been able to remove. Or you might even have a tooth with a somewhat unusual shape. When you notice too many flaws to count in the mirror, you’ll most likely want a solution that takes care of all of them at once. We can cover each of these issues simultaneously with veneers – thin porcelain restorations that give the front side of your damaged teeth a dazzling, natural appearance.

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Metal-Free Dental Restorations

Smile with metal-free dental restoration

Metal restorations are designed only to hold a weakened tooth together and prevent further damage; they are not made to take appearances into account. When you want to fix a tooth but aren’t comfortable with the idea of having a very noticeable piece of metal attached to your smile, get in touch with Little Rock Family Dental Care; our crowns are made out of a ceramic material that imitates many of the natural characteristics of teeth, including the way they reflect light.

Cosmetic Dental Bonding

Patient receiving cosmetic dental bonding treatment

A slight change to a tooth can significantly alter the impact it has on your smile. For minor chips, cracks, and flaws that don’t require the use of a veneer or crown, we can instead apply a small amount of composite resin. This material (which is also used for filling cavities) is virtually unnoticeable when shaded appropriately, and by molding it, we can slightly adjust the tooth’s shape as well as its general appearance.

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Teeth Whitening

Smile before and after teeth whitening

Making a great first impression at a job interview or on a date is so much easier when you have a bright smile that you can be proud to show off, which is why teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments. You can use one of our custom-made take-home kits if you would rather have the process done at your own pace, but those looking for quick results should schedule a professional in-office treatment; your new grin will be six to eight shades brighter in about an hour!

Gum Recontouring

Woman with flawless smilea after gum recontouring treatment

Your gums frame your smile, but they might end up drawing unwanted attention if they cover more enamel than they should. With a gum recontouring procedure, we can get rid of unnecessary gum tissue, leaving the smile with a more balanced appearance. While the procedure is usually performed with metal tools, we can use a soft-tissue laser instead for a more comfortable treatment that results in less bleeding and an accelerated recovery.

Understanding the Cost of Cosmetic Dentistry

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When it comes to making your smile shine, we have what you need right here at Little Rock Family Dental Care. However, one of the most pressing issues on anyone’s mind when it comes to cosmetic dentistry is the cost. If you’re asking yourself “how much is my new smile going to cost me?” we’re here to help! We will always give you a personalized estimate of cost before you begin any treatment, and our knowledgeable staff will review all your options for making your new smile as affordable as possible. Read on to learn more about the cost of cosmetic dentistry in Little Rock.

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What Cosmetic Dental Service is Right for Me?

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When you visit us for a consultation, we’ll help you determine which treatments are right for you based on the results you’re interested in as well as your budget. Let’s review how the costs of a few of our most popular cosmetic treatments compare:

  • Cosmetic Dental Bonding – This treatment uses a tooth-colored resin to fill in and reshape dental imperfections. It’s a quick and cost-effective service that can dramatically improve your smile! This affordable treatment will need to be redone every few years.
  • Teeth Whitening – Another quick and cost-effective way to significantly boost your appearance is teeth whitening. These professional treatments are more expensive than what you’ll find on the market, but their results are well-worth the extra cost!
  • Veneers – While by no means the cheapest cosmetic service, veneers are one of the most versatile treatments available. These thin shells of dental porcelain provide the highest quality results when it comes to concealing imperfections, and they can last for 15 years or more.
  • Gum Recontouring – This mid-range cosmetic treatment improves your smile without touching your teeth! We’ll remove the excess tissue from your “gummy smile” to reveal the natural beauty of your pearly whites.

Cosmetic Dentistry Can Be An Investment Worth Making

Woman with beautiful smile after paying for cosmetic dentistry in Little Rock

When you invest in cosmetic dentistry, you’re doing much more than just changing how your teeth look. In reality, you’re also changing how you feel about your smile as well as how others see you. When you know that your teeth look beautiful, you’ll be much more likely to show them off. As you naturally begin to smile more, the body triggers the release of feel-good chemicals like endorphins and dopamine. Plus, studies show that having a pretty smile can make you seem more attractive, successful, and friendly.

How to Make Cosmetic Dentistry Affordable

Dentist and patient discussing how to make cosmetic dentistry affordable in Little Rock

Dental insurance does not typically cover elective cosmetic treatments. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean that your new smile will break the bank! In addition to helping you choose services that fit into your budget, we are proud to offer:

  • Flexible financing ­– We’ve partnered with a third-party company called CareCredit, which allows qualifying patients to choose from a variety of payment plans. This way, you can break up the cost of your cosmetic services into smaller monthly installments!
  • Special offers – We are also excited to offer limited-time special offers on select services. This includes a $150 New Patient Experience, a FREE second opinion, and a raffle to win a free teeth whitening session.

Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs

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Regardless of the cosmetic treatment you undergo, you can depend on our team to deliver results you’ll love. The decision to improve your smile may or may not be an easy one to make, and you could have some questions about the treatments, cost, or other details. We’ve taken the opportunity to answer a handful of the most commonly asked questions about cosmetic dentistry below. We invite you to read our responses, but if you need further clarification or have other questions, you are more than welcome to bring them up during your consultation or give our team a call.

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Does Cosmetic Dentistry Hurt?

Even if you are set on transforming your smile, you may still be concerned about the procedure being painful. Let us put your mind at ease. Some cosmetic treatments like teeth whitening do not involve altering the structure of teeth, which means they should be completely pain free. For those that do entail removing some tooth structure, such as porcelain veneers or crowns, we will administer a local anesthetic so you experience no discomfort. Following the procedure when the anesthetic has worn off, you could feel very minor, temporary soreness for a day or two.

Am I Eligible for Cosmetic Dentistry?

Not everyone makes a good candidate for cosmetic dental work. In order to qualify, you must be in good oral health, meaning you cannot have cavities, gum disease, or another issue. If you do have a problem with your oral health, we can revisit cosmetic treatment after the problem has been addressed. To see if you are eligible for cosmetic dentistry, you’ll first need to meet with us and have a consultation. After a thorough examination, we can tell you whether or not you are clear to move forward.

How Long Will My Results Last?

Like everything else in life, cosmetic treatment doesn’t exactly last forever. However, you have quite a bit of control over how long your smile stays bright and beautiful. By continuing to brush and floss every day, as well as coming to one of our three locations regularly for checkups and cleanings, you can remove stains and manage any issues before they’re noticeable to you or anyone else. That way, you can always feel confident in your smile when you leave our office!

Is Cosmetic Dentistry Covered by Dental Insurance?

If you are getting new crowns for restorative purposes, the procedure may be partially covered by insurance. Otherwise, dental insurance plans in general do not cover cosmetic dentistry; however, there are a few rare exceptions. This means that you’ll be responsible for the whole price of treatment. At Little Rock Family Dental Care, we offer a few ways to make your procedure more affordable. For instance, we accept CareCredit, which is a third-party financier. If you qualify, you could get a low interest rate and pay off your treatment on a monthly basis, not in one larger sum.

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