The year is coming to a close, and it’s time to start thinking about your dental coverage for the coming year. If you’re considering any cosmetic dental work, we wanted…

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Cosmetic Dental Work and How to Get It

The year is coming to a close, and it’s time to start thinking about your dental coverage for the coming year. If you’re considering any cosmetic dental work, we wanted to make sure that

  • You know how your potential procedure is classified, and
  • You’re able to save as much money on it as possible.

Many dental insurance plans offer very limited coverage on cosmetic dental work (or none at all), but there are plenty of ways you can still get that sparkly smile you want without sacrificing an arm and a leg!

Is It Really Cosmetic?

A excerpt from our guide to cosmetic dental work says:

There tends to be some general confusion about how to define cosmetic dentistry. The generally accepted definition for cosmetic dentistry is the use of dental treatments and procedures to improve the appearance of the teeth and mouth. This simply means that cosmetic dentistry typically deals with personal preferences, not health issues. However, some procedures may fix an existing health issue as well as correct the appearance. Procedures like this can help correct alignment, color, arrangement or shape.

When using the above definition of cosmetic dentistry, you may be surprised at which procedures are actually included. Some procedures can even be considered both cosmetic and general dentistry depending on the circumstance.

If the procedure you want can be classified as non-cosmetic, you can typically save a lot of money with a dental plan. If you find out that the procedure you want is indeed considered cosmetic, the next question to ask is:

Will Insurance Cover It?

If you already have a dental plan, we cannot emphasize enough that you should read through your policy’s fine print before moving forward with the procedure. Talk with your dentist to learn the official ADA dental code of the procedure, and compare it to your insurance paperwork. Contact someone from your dental plan company if you’re still not sure if it is covered or discounted.

If you don’t have a dental plan yet, be sure to research any limitations. Get a list of everything that is discounted or covered under the plan you’re considering and double-check that your dental code is listed. Make sure it’s not excluded in any fine print! You may also want to see if the cost of being on the plan (plus the waiting period many plans have) is even worth the price difference on the cosmetic procedure.

To learn more, click here: Guide to Cosmetic Dentistry and Insurance Coverage

Are you thinking about getting cosmetic dental work in the coming year?

7 Comments
  1. Cosmetic dentistry can really do a lot for you and your smile, and it doesn’t even cost that much money to solve those problems either! In any case, you just need to hire a good cosmetic dentist and see what they can offer you. From then on, you’ll not have to put any effort into your treatment, as you’ll be in the hands of someone who knows exactly what has to be done.

  2. A great smile is often needed for boosted confidence and modern cosmetic dental work has enabled many advanced cosmetic dental procedures to help us reshape our smile and gain more confidence at the same time. Before you consider getting cosmetic dental work done, it is best that you first consult your dentist and make sure you understand the different cosmetic dental procedures available to you.

  3. As I have known, the prices for each of the treatments do vary and depending on your budget and comfort level. You must choose the method relevant for you. It is also imperative to choose the right professional cosmetic dentist since the job is a specialized one and you require good skills to get the job done.

  4. The power of Cosmetic Dentistry! In some studies, a person’s smile has been determined to be a factor in job interview choices and opinions. There have also been studies where before and after teeth whitening pictures show a difference in perceived age of the individuals, when shown to an unbiased panel. Interesting, right?!

  5. Some people realize the benefits of having insurance but have a hard time understanding how it all works. Every dental plan is different depending on the insurance provider. There are some terms used in dental plans that are the same across all dental insurance plans. These terms may seem like a foreign language at first but understanding these terms can give a person a better understanding of how his or her insurance plan works and what is covered under the plan.

  6. I do believe that we have to make sure that we get the care we need from the right dentist. When searching for a qualified dentist, it is important to make sure that the dentist in question has the latest and most recent equipments the industry has to offer. Additionally, it is important to find the specialization of the dentist you are choosing since there are cosmetic, general and several other type of dentists.

  7. Cosmetic dentistry improves the appearance of person’s teeth, gums or bite. The cost depends upon the quality of the materials used for the treatment. If one have dental plan then it’s really become cost effective.

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