Cosmetic Dentistry Specialist

Beautiful teeth and a healthy smile are important for helping patients of all ages look and feel their best. As a leading dentist in Chattanooga, TN, Dr. Chris Robertson is skilled in cosmetic dentistry techniques aimed at correcting an array of aesthetic issues in patients at Chattanooga Dental Studio.


Cosmetic Dentistry Q & A

by Chris Robertson, DDS

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry focuses on all the treatments and procedures that can help patients enjoy more attractive, healthier-looking teeth and smiles. While some cosmetic procedures are performed purely for the aesthetic improvements they provide, other procedures also may provide an improvement in oral health as well.

What treatments and procedures are included in cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry can include many different treatments, including:

  • teeth whitening

  • veneers

  • cosmetic bonding

  • tooth-colored (white) fillings

  • crowns

  • crown lengthening, gum grafting, and gum contouring

  • bridges, dentures, and implants

  • orthodontics

Some patients can achieve the results they want with a single procedure, while other patients may benefit from a complete smile makeover, a carefully constructed, custom treatment plan that corrects multiple issues to help patients feel more confident in their appearance.

How can cosmetic treatments improve my oral health?

Some treatments like teeth whitening are performed solely for their cosmetic benefits. But other treatments can improve oral health as well. For instance:

  • tooth-colored composite fillings bond very securely to the surface to help prevent future decay

  • veneers can close gaps between teeth that can otherwise allow plaque and tartar to accumulate

  • crowns protect and strengthen teeth to prevent breakage while also covering large, dark cavities

  • bridges, dentures, and implants replace broken teeth to maintain a healthy bite balance and prevent future issues including temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)

  • orthodontics straighten teeth so they're easier to care for, and they can also help maintain a normal bite balance and prevent TMJ and uneven tooth wear

How can I tell which procedures will help me achieve my goals?

During the office visit and consultation, patients will be asked to describe the problems or issues they have with the way their teeth look, and a “tooth-by-tooth” and whole-smile evaluation will be able to identify the treatments that can help each patient achieve the end results they’re looking for.

Are cosmetic dentistry treatments covered by insurance?

That depends on the specific insurance plan, but generally, procedures that provide a benefit other than aesthetic improvement may be at least partially covered. Our office staff reviews patients’ benefits prior to treatment and can help identify financing options to help make the cost of treatment affordable.

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