FAQ

If you are dissatisfied with your smile in any way, no matter how small the cosmetic concern may be, you are a candidate for cosmetic dentistry. Our first priority for our patients is to address their oral health, and our cosmetic dentist can work with you to accomplish that while keeping your end goal in mind.

Some of our most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures in Colorado Springs include veneers, crowns, Invisalign® clear braces, dental bonding, and teeth whitening. Everything from chipped teeth, stained teeth, or slightly crooked teeth, to worn down teeth, missing teeth, and more can be addressed through these and other treatments.


It depends. Some treatments, such as Invisalign® , are often covered because they are considered medically necessary. However, some treatments like teeth whitening may not be. When you schedule your appointment with the cosmetic dentist in Colorado Springs, we can help you learn what is and is not covered, and discuss payment options with you.  We have a Dental Cash Savings plan that is helpful.

The best candidate for dentures are those missing multiple teeth, sensitive or decaying teeth that need extracting.  Patients without jawbone mass are also good candidates

Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple or all teeth.  The best candidates for implants are a patient with healthy gums and jawbone. 

Dental Implants are titanium posts, surgically implanted into you jawbone or just above it.  Overtime, your jawbone and gums heal, and attach to the implants.  Dental implants can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or be used to support removable or permanent dentures.  

If you are experiencing new or recent tooth pain, sensitivity to hold or cold or gum sensitivity, you should schedule a dental appointment for consultation.  Intense pain when you bite down, swollen gums around the tooth and pain while brushing are just some signs you may have an infection that could require a root canal.

Invisalign® is a series of clear aligner trays, that gradually move your teeth into alignment.  You begin with a free consultation with your dentist and various x-rays and scans of your teeth.  (No goopy trays are used to take molds of your teeth.) The number of trays you receive will vary depending on the level of straightening needed.  They trays are fitted by the dentist and provided to the patient to change, generally once a week.  Intermittent appointments are required throughout the process, to evaluate progress.

Invisalign®, or clear braces, are a good choice for adults needing orthodontic care and want a less apparent appearance than metal braces. Invisalign® retainers are removable for eating, drinking (other than water) and brushing/flossing. Your Invisalign® aligners should be worn as much as possible but could be left out for a meeting or presentation.  Traditional braces are also an option for adults to consider. 

Patients with healthy teeth and gums should visit the dentist twice per year. 

Healthy gums are not only a benefit to your oral health, but to your overall health as well.  Unhealthy gums can result in soreness, swelling, bleeding, plaque build-up, tooth decay or loss, abscesses or bone loss.  In extreme cases, gum disease can spread through your blood stream to vital organs, causing damage and possible infections in the heart tissues.  

The effectiveness of whitening strips depends on the potency of the strips and the level of whitening you are expecting to achieve.  If you have severely stained teeth or are looking for more than a few shades whiter, a professional whitening treatment will provide better, longer lasting results. 

Whitening your teeth at the dentist is a quicker process and provides a longer lasting result.  Over the counter whitening products are designed to lighten the stains on the surface of your teeth, where whitening procedures at your dentist penetrates the enamel, whitening your teeth to the enamel.  Your dentist is able to examine your teeth to provide the correct concentration of whitening agent to protect your teeth and provide the best result. 

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