Cosmetic Dentistry Specialist

Robert Sarkissian, DDS, MAGD

General & Cosmetic Dentist & Orthodontist located in Los Angeles, Woodland Hills, CA

Having a more attractive smile can help the patient feel more confident, and it can also improve oral health. As a top-ranked cosmetic dentist in Woodland Hills, CA, Dr. Sarkissian is skilled in procedures aimed at helping patients have their most attractive smiles ever.

Cosmetic Dentistry Q & A

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is the area of dentistry that’s focused on helping the patient have a great-looking smile. Multiple cosmetic procedures can be combined into a “smile makeover” to address several issues for a rejuvenated smile that can help patients feel more confident about the way they look at any age.

What types of procedures are included in cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry comprises an array of procedures and treatments, including:

  • teeth whitening
  • crowns
  • veneers
  • Invisalign® and other orthodontics
  • tooth-colored fillings
  • bonding
  • inlays and onlays

Are tooth-colored fillings better than metal amalgam fillings?

Also called white fillings, tooth-colored fillings are virtually undetectable, which means patients often feel more confident following a restoration. Research indicates white fillings also may bond better to the tooth surface, preventing future decay. Plus, unlike metal fillings, white fillings are made of resin composites and contain no mercury.

Can cosmetic dentistry improve oral health?

Yes, some cosmetic procedures can improve oral health by preventing further damage or future problems. For instance, a crown can be used to correct a defect such as a crack or chip while also preventing the tooth from becoming decayed or broken. Invisalign® and other orthodontic treatments can improve oral health by reducing strain on the jaw joints that can lead to TMJ or by eliminating crevices where decay-causing bacteria can hide.

Are cosmetic procedures covered by dental insurance?

Coverage for any type of dental procedure will vary based on the plan the patient has. Generally speaking, most dental insurance plans do not provide coverage for procedures and treatments that are purely cosmetic in nature, such as teeth whitening. Other procedures that include a restorative benefit such as a crown used to protect a tooth that’s become chipped or cracked may be covered, at least partially. Before treatment, the staff can work with the insurance provider to determine what type of coverage the patient has. Plus, the dentist can help the patient find financing options that can make the out-of-pocket expenses more affordable.

Insurance & Cost Information:

A few words about cost… There is no dentistry more expensive (at any price) than one that you may not need, may not last, or leads to further treatment. That is why the core of our efforts revolve around the most careful and conservative diagnosis with treatment aimed to give you a healthy confident smile for a lifetime. We will listen to your concerns. Make conservative recommendations and offer alternatives. And help you prioritize your care to give you the best possible results. Insurance Information… We are often asked whether we accept a particular dental insurance plan. Our most comprehensive answer is that we accept and help you maximize virtually all traditional PPO dental insurance plans. In other words, as long as you do not have a dental HMO (one where you have been assigned to a particular HMO clinic) and are free to visit a dentist of your choice, you will be able to take advantage of our excellent care. We will gladly process your insurance paperwork for you. Read more…Simply bring your plan information with you or have the policy number ready so we can look up your coverage before you come in to see us. We will work with you and your dental insurance company to maximize your dental benefits with your existing type of coverage and help you prioritize your care to receive the most benefit from your plan. In addition to in-office insurance processing, we provide several financial options, including care credit, to make dental treatment affordable for our patients. Finally, many people are unaware of the fact that insurance benefits expire and renew every year whether you use them or not. In other words, allowing your insurance benefits to expire without visiting the dentist is like throwing you money away.

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