Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs

Are you looking for a cosmetic dentist in Dallas who can deliver outstanding results? Do you have questions about various services and how long it will take to achieve a more beautiful smile? Dr. Hamlett, Dr. LaMastra, and their team want you to feel confident about your decision to pursue cosmetic dentistry, which is why they have compiled a list of frequently asked questions for you to review before arriving for a consultation. We believe in providing honest and transparent information, all of which we hope will benefit you when it comes to making a decision about your smile’s aesthetic. Should you have additional inquiries, we invite you to contact our office.


If I have dental insurance, will it pay for my cosmetic procedure?

It is highly unlikely that your dental insurance company will agree to pay for any cosmetic service. However, there are exceptions, especially if you require some sort of restorative care (i.e. dental crown). The best course of action you can take is to contact a representative from your insurance company and discuss the possibility of coverage. No matter their decision, our team can help you get the care you want while staying within your budget.


Does cosmetic dentistry do more than improve my appearance?

Yes, it can also improve your oral health. Apart from the improved aesthetic and boost in confidence, addressing the stains, gaps, cracks, and chips in your teeth will lessen your chances of developing decay, gum disease, or other serious dental problems. When choosing cosmetic dentistry to fix your smile, you will not only look and feel great about your appearance, but you will also be able to embrace a healthier smile that functions without any problems.


Can I expect my new smile to last forever?

The answer is ultimately up to you. It is typical for cosmetic services to require optimal maintenance to last years or even decades, but it is often necessary for you to seek follow-up treatment over time. Teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and dental bonding can last much longer with proper care but will require replacements in time. However, a service such as gum recontouring is designed to be a permanent solution, allowing you to enjoy a new and improved smile for a lifetime.


How many visits will it require to achieve a new smile?

This is dependent upon the type of cosmetic service you pursue. Each treatment has varying timelines. Some may only require one visit to our office (i.e. dental bonding, in-office teeth whitening), whereas others will involve 2 or 3 visits (i.e. porcelain veneers).

Invisalign® clear aligners can take as long as 12 months, and you will be expected to maintain regular visits during this time to allow Dr. Hamlett to review your progress.


How can I get my natural teeth to match my porcelain veneers?

If you opt to have only a few porcelain veneers placed on your most visible teeth, you may decide you want an even look among all your teeth. Instead of going back to have more veneers put on, you can choose to undergo in-office teeth whitening. This will help to create a cohesive look among all your teeth and avoid the additional cost of having more custom-made veneers created.