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Cosmetic Dentistry – New Lenox

Achieve Your Dream Smile At Last

Having beautiful teeth can greatly improve a person’s sense of confidence and have a lasting positive impact on their quality of life. If you’d like to make changes to your appearance, let Dr. Albert, Dr. Stylski, and Dr. Snow help here in New Lenox, IL. We offer a wide range of cosmetic procedures that can repair common imperfections and revitalize your smile’s natural glow in exceptional ways. Each person is unique, which is why we always start with a one-on-one consultation in order to better understand your personal goals and preferences. To schedule this visit, contact Atrium Family Dental of New Lenox today.

Why Choose Us for Cosmetic Dentistry?

  • Years of Proven Cosmetic Expertise & Advanced Training
  • Boost and Ultradent Whitening Brands Available In-Office
  • All-Ceramic Materials for Outstanding Aesthetics & Function

How to Choose a Cosmetic Dentist

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When transforming your smile, you are making a large investment in your self-esteem. To ensure you get the results you want, you cannot choose just any dentist, but how do you find the best one? Although it is tempting to focus on the lowest price, this could comprise the results you achieve. Instead, it is best to focus on the qualifications and experience of a trusted dental team, like Atrium Family Dental of New Lenox. We suggest you take the time to research your options to make the right choice for your smile.

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Porcelain Veneers

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Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin ceramic restorations that are designed to be placed over the visible surfaces of requested teeth. All at once, our dentists can use them to hide years of stains, chips, cracks, and even gaps, creating a natural-looking and flaw-free appearance that patients can enjoy for 10-15 years or even longer.

In most cases, the design and creation of customized veneers will require at least two appointments here in New Lenox. A small amount of natural tooth enamel will need to be removed in order to accommodate their placement; while waiting on the finished veneers from the dental laboratory, a temporary set will be provided in the interim for protection. One of the biggest benefits of porcelain veneers is that they’re extremely durable and resistant to staining. In fact, they will stay whiter longer than even natural tooth enamel.

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Metal-Free Dental Restorations

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When one or more teeth need restorative care, patients don’t have to worry about sacrificing their smile’s natural appearance in the process. At Atrium Family Dental of New Lenox, we’re happy to offer metal-free materials that provide top-tier aesthetic value. The ceramic is so seamlessly lifelike that it even reflects light in the same way as tooth enamel, and its biocompatible nature won’t react strongly to changes in temperature or irritate patients with proven allergies to common dental metals.

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Dental Bonding

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Direct bonding is an excellent service for patients who would like to make aesthetic changes to their smile on a quick timeframe. In most cases, the procedure only requires one appointment. One of our dentists will apply tooth-colored composite resin that’s been precisely shaded to match your smile and artistically sculpt it into place to hide frustrating chips, thin gaps between teeth, dark spots, or other minor imperfections. Once we’re satisfied with the results, a hi-tech curing light will securely harden the new addition into place.

While the improvements patients achieve from direct bonding will not last as long as more permanent restorations like porcelain veneers, they should thrive for several years at a time with the help of diligent oral hygiene maintenance and regular dental checkups.

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Teeth Whitening

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One of our most popular services here at Atrium Family Dental of New Lenox is professional teeth whitening, and it’s not hard to understand why. Nearly every smile is likely to become stained and discolored over the years, whether because of lackluster oral hygiene, eating habits, or simply old age. Our doctors would love to help you reverse this process and reclaim a gloriously bright appearance.

If you’re looking for fast, dramatic improvements, in-office teeth whitening with Boost is the right choice. A concentrated peroxide gel will be applied directly to the enamel in several 15-20 minute sessions back-to-back. In most cases, patients can achieve the noticeably lighter enamel they want after just one appointment, although severe cases of staining may require a follow-up visit to maximize success. Take-home Ultradent Opalescence whitening kits are also available for a more flexible and gradual treatment process.

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Smile Makeovers

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Do you feel overwhelmed by the number of cosmetic problems your smile is facing? At Atrium Family Dental of New Lenox, we’d be happy to sit down with patients and help them devise the ideal makeover. By taking the time to understand your personal priorities and arrange needed service into a comprehensive plan of action, we can fully maximize your budget and schedule to the fullest extent possible, correcting issues like misalignments, dark staining, noticeable cracks, and even missing teeth beautifully!

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Understanding the Cost of Cosmetic Dentistry

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Every person has a unique set of dental flaws, do there is no one-size-fits-all cost of cosmetic dentistry in New Lenox. At Atrium Family Dental of New Lenox, we offer a wide range of cosmetic procedures that accomplish different things at separate price points. The best way to learn how much you can expect to pay to rejuvenate your smile is to schedule a consultation at our office. To learn even more about the cost of cosmetic dentistry and different payment options before you come see us, keep reading below.

Which Cosmetic Dental Service Is Right for Me? 

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Choosing the appropriate cosmetic service will depend on which type of dental imperfections you want to address. In general, cosmetic dentistry patients are usually trying to achieve whiter teeth, straighter teeth, or differently shaped/sized teeth. Dr. Albert, Dr. Stylski, or Dr. Snow can help you explore possible options, such as:

  • Direct Bonding – Often the cheapest cosmetic option, bonding is great for small changes like reshaping damaged teeth or concealing small chips. Bonding typically must be touched up every few years.
  • Veneers – Veneers cost more than other options but can transform multiple aspects of one’s smile all at once. Veneers can also last for over a decade with proper care.
  • Teeth Whitening – Although professional teeth whitening can’t help with tooth shape or position, it can still deliver dramatic aesthetic results in a single appointment.
  • Smile Makeover – Do you have multiple dental flaws? Tackle them all at once with a smile makeover! This option is more expensive but is also the easiest way to achieve your dream smile in a condensed timeframe!

Cosmetic Dentistry Can Be an Investment Worth Making

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Enhancing your smile with a cosmetic dentist in New Lenox can seem like a big financial commitment. However, it’s an investment that will pay dividends for many years to come. Our smiles are often the first thing other people notice about us. For patients who feel self-conscious about their teeth, a cosmetic dental procedure can boost their self-esteem. Greater confidence can then lead to a more active social life, more successful romantic life, and even better professional opportunities. An improved quality of life absolutely makes cosmetic dentistry an investment work making.

How to Make Cosmetic Dentistry Affordable

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Most dental insurance plans do not cover cosmetic dentistry. However, there are various ways to enhance your smile without putting stress on your budget. For example, you could join the Smile Saver Club, our affordable, in-house dental savings plan! A one-time activation fee plus low monthly payments includes complete preventive care for a year and a 10% discount on all other treatments.

Qualified patients can also access flexible dental financing through CareCredit. A trusted partner, CareCredit provides low-to-no interest payment plans for cosmetic procedures and other extensive dental work. By breaking down the cost of veneers, bonding, or other cosmetic care into smaller chunks, you can enhance your smile now and pay the costs over time.

At Atrium Family Dental of New Lenox, we believe every patient deserves the beautiful smile of their dreams. Schedule a consultation with one of our expert dentists to learn more about the cost of cosmetic dentistry in New Lenox and different payment options.

Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs

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Although you’d love to have the smile of your dreams, cosmetic dentistry is a big investment. It’s normal to have some concerns before you’re ready to get started. Your cosmetic dentist in New Lenox understands your apprehensions, which is why they’ll explain everything during your consultation. Here are the answers to a few of the most common questions patients ask us to calm your nerves.

How are veneers different from crowns?

Although crowns and veneers look similar, they are very different. A crown is used in restorative dentistry to repair a tooth by covering the entire surface above the gumline. A veneer is thinner than a crown, and it only covers the front side of a tooth. It’s used for elective purposes to improve the overall color, size, and shape of a tooth.

How much does cosmetic dentistry cost?

We don’t use cookie-cutter treatment plans because every patient’s needs are unique. As a result, there isn’t any way to determine how much you’ll pay without first performing a consultation. Based on the complexity of your needs and goals, we’ll create a personalized treatment plan and provide you with an estimate. You’ll know exactly what you’ll need to pay before committing to any procedure. A member of our team will take the time to explain the fees and your payment options. We offer several solutions to keep your dream smile within your budget, like third-party financing. After your credit’s approval, you are given the funds for your procedure, which you’ll repay using a plan that fits your finances.

How long will my results last?

Specific treatments have different lifespans. For example, veneers are proven to last for a decade or longer with the proper aftercare, while a whitening treatment may only be effective for a few months under some circumstances. We’ll explain how long you can expect your results to last. You can take several steps to ensure your investment thrives for years, like maintaining your oral hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly. You’ll also want to avoid anything that might damage your smile, like using your teeth as tools or chewing on inedible objects. Rest assured, our office only uses the best materials to ensure your smile flourishes for years.

Can I use my dental insurance for cosmetic dentistry?

It is rare for a dental insurance to pay for cosmetic dentistry because the procedures are considered elective. However, there is a little gray area. Many cosmetic treatments also provide restorative benefits and vice versa, like dental crowns. As a result, if a procedure is deemed necessary for your dental health, you may be able to use your coverage to offset the amount you’ll pay out-of-pocket. After reaching your annual deductible, your policy can cover 50% to 80% of the cost until hitting your yearly limit. We’ll work on your behalf with your insurance company to file the necessary claim forms. If applicable, we’ll help you maximize your dental insurance to lower the cost of your new smile.

What Exactly is Cosmetic Dentistry?

As a dental subfield, cosmetic dentistry focuses on your grin’s looks. Its treatments try to make your teeth prettier and more appealing.

Naturally, cosmetic dental work is best for people with smile flaws. The treatments on offer – teeth whitening, metal-free restorations, dental bonding, etc. – can correct all sorts of imperfections. (These latter problems include stained teeth, tooth chips, cracks, and even misalignment.) Once they have, the treated patient will see a boost in their appearance and confidence. Do note, though, that any preventive benefits will be minimal.

Why is Cosmetic Dentistry so Popular?

Really, there are three sources of cosmetic dentistry’s popularity: new technology, better oral health, and flexible financing.

Regarding technology, modern dentistry has made many advancements in the last few decades. Such changes helped cosmetic dental work become more effective. As such, people are more willing to try what aesthetic dentists can offer.

On the other hand, note that people today have better oral health than in years past. They thus don’t need to focus as much on preventive care. Instead, they can prioritize making their grin look prettier.

Lastly, cosmetic dentistry is popular due to allowing for flexible smiling. As a result, you can pay for a procedure gradually – over some months or more – rather than buy as you want.

How Do I Know If I Need Cosmetic Dentistry?

In most cases, a patient who’s not thrilled with their smile can benefit from cosmetic care. The latter works effectively over just a day or two. In doing so, it greatly beautifies your teeth and mouth.

You see, cosmetic work is excellent at hiding smile flaws. Stained teeth, for instance, can be corrected with professional whitening. Meanwhile, crowns and veneers cover defects with high-quality porcelain. You can even get a “smile makeover” that addresses all your tooth imperfections at once.

All that said, the best way to confirm treatment candidacy is to see us in person. Our dentists will examine your mouth to see if aesthetic work suits you. From there, they can make helpful suggestions and recommendations.

How Do I Choose a Cosmetic Dentist?

The American Dental Association doesn’t view cosmetic dentistry as an “official” specialty. Consequently, you may struggles hard to find a dentist with the right credentials. Fortunately enough, though, there are qualifying factors you can look for. These are the following:

  • The Dentist’s Membership(s) – When a dentist belongs to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), they’ll know the latest cosmetic dental techniques.
  • Before & After Photos – Before committing to treatment, you should look at a dentist’s before and after photos of previous patients. Focus mainly on “before” pictures of the same issues you have.
  • Dentist Reviews – Lastly, look into a prospective dentist’s patient reviews. These assessments will help you grasp how a dental practice operates. In particular, see if the office in question welcomes you.