Cosmetic dental procedures are unique in that they focus on improving the aesthetics of the smile. All other dental procedures are designed to promote, maintain, or restore oral health. Some procedures have dual purposes, such as dental implants. They serve to restore the shape and function of the teeth but also improve the appearance of the smile.
Most cosmetic procedures are elective, which means they are desired by the patient and not necessary for proper oral health. Due to that fact, procedures are not covered by dental insurance policies. There are some dental plans that can be purchased that include discounts on cosmetic procedures, but the majority of costs will come out of the pockets of patients. Some dentists allow payment arrangements to be made prior to a procedure, and financing may be available.
Cosmetic procedures do not come cheap, so consider the costs before scheduling procedures. …