Can cosmetic dentistry fix my gap or do I need braces?

2014.07.30

I’ve had a gap between my front teeth as long as I can remember. It seems to be getting bigger though. I don’t want to close it completely, because I’ve had it so long that it’s part of my smile now, but I do want to make it smaller. Can cosmetic dentistry make the gap smaller or do I have to get braces. – Naomi

Naomi – Cosmetic dentistry can decrease the width of the gap between your teeth. The right treatment for you depends on the size of your gap, and the size of your teeth.

In some cases, dental bonding that matches the color of your teeth can be used to close the gap a little. Porcelain veneers may be another option.

Invisalign invisible braces can be worn for a short period to partially close your gap. After treatment with any type of braces, a retainer must be worn to keep your teeth from shifting back to their original position.

Schedule an appointment with an experienced cosmetic dentist to discuss your options.

This post is sponsored by Lowell accredited cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Szarek.

How much does sedation dentistry cost?

2014.07.01

I am seriously thinking about sedation dentistry. It’s the 3rd year that I have been having bad panic attacks, not just about going to the dentist. Anything that might potentially make me nervous is happening to the extreme? I am just wondering how much sedation dentistry costs and if insurance covers it. Thanks. Rhonda

Rhonda – The cost of sedation dentistry depends on where you live in the country, the dentist who provides the sedation, the type of sedation you are receiving, and the length of your dental treatment that requires sedation.

There are different levels of sedation, including nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation (oral medication), and the most expensive form, I.V. sedation. The costs will vary.

If you are interested in sedation dentistry, it is best to ask the dentist from whom you will receive sedatioin for the associated fees. Some insurance plans provide benefits toward sedation dentistry. The benefits may be limited in dollar amounts or in the number of hours of sedation for which the plan provides assistance. Contact your insurance plan for more information.

This post is sponsored by Lowell dentist Dr. Michael Szarek.