Infinity Dental of Fox Lake strives to correct patients’ dental concerns with their teeth. We want to help patients achieve a comfortable, beautiful smile that will last a lifetime. We take a complete approach to cosmetic dentistry by planning and achieving the patient’s wants and goals.
Whether you want a subtle change or a complete smile makeover, we are here to help you identify your needs and achieve your aesthetic goals. Dr. Prendergast is an experienced general and cosmetic dentist who will work with you individually to ensure that your outcome supports optimal dental health and wellness.
Feeling great about your smile will boost your confidence on both social and professional levels.
Cosmetic dentistry can benefit people of all ages. Some oral health issues can develop as we age, making our smiles less beautiful or dull. We can help anyone achieve the desired look with treatments that will enhance their natural smile and overall dental health.
Cosmetic Dentistry in Fox Lake, IL
Cosmetic Dentistry is more than just creating a new smile. Something as simple as teeth whitening may be all that is needed to achieve the look you want. We will work with you to find oral health concerns and suggest the best options for more complex goals or if damage or problems are present.
First, Dr. Prendergast will physically examine the teeth, gums, jaw, and muscles. Any problems such as tooth decay, malocclusion, or teeth grinding should be treated before a smile makeover. They will likely reappear and impact your result if they are not fixed.
Dr. Prendergast will create a unique treatment plan for your smile makeover based on your needs and goals. This includes taking x-rays, molds, and teeth to create 3-D models of the patient’s mouth. You will discuss the options available with Dr. Prendergast and have the opportunity to see cosmetic dentistry before and after photos and projected models for your new smile.
This open and candid talk with the dentist allows for a complete understanding of the treatment. The treatments we may use include teeth whitening, Invisalign, porcelain veneers, or dental implants. Before your smile makeover, Dr. Prendergast may need additional treatments to correct underlying issues. These include gum disease treatment, tooth extractions, dental fillings, or root canals.
The dentist may apply temporary restorations, a tooth-colored, plastic version of the final restoration. It protects teeth and lets you get used to your new smile’s look and feel.
Placing the final restoration is often a simple process because of the cautious and complete steps taken to ensure your results’ natural appearance and integrity. The entire process varies from patient to patient. Some may be in the final stages in a few weeks, and others wish for more dramatic results in a few months. We aim to help you identify and achieve yours through personalized dental care.
Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs
Cosmetic dentistry improves both the look and function of your smile. Learn more by reading the answers to these frequently asked questions.
What’s the difference between general and cosmetic dentistry?
General dentistry focuses on preventative care and maintaining your oral health. Dentists do this because it prevents more extensive dental problems from forming. Cosmetic dentistry is mainly focused on the aesthetics of your smile. However, cosmetic dental concerns often have underlying oral health issues. We treat the root cause to take care of both problems.
Is cosmetic dentistry permanent?
No, no cosmetic dentistry procedure is permanent. Each treatment has a different average length of lasting time. Your restoration will last longer the better you take care of your smile. Invisalign technically has permanent results, but you must wear your retainer to keep your teeth in the proper alignment.
Does insurance cover cosmetic dentistry?
No, usually, insurance companies don’t cover cosmetic procedures. They’re seen as things that simply improve your smile’s aesthetics and don’t impact the function. You may be able to convince insurance to pay a portion for treatment options like Invisalign, as they impact your smile’s function.
What’s the most common cosmetic dentistry treatment?
The most common one is professional teeth whitening. Everyone has to deal with discolored teeth at some point in their lives. Professional teeth whitening is a non-invasive process that most people are eligible for. It’s also more affordable than many other cosmetic treatments.
Is cosmetic dentistry painful?
No, none of our cosmetic dentistry treatments are painful. At most, you may feel some sensitivity or soreness after your treatment. We always provide a local anesthetic to ensure that patients are comfortable throughout any treatment that can bring discomfort.
Can cosmetic dentistry do more than improve my smile’s appearance?
Yes, many cosmetic procedures improve the function of your smile and your overall oral health. For example, crooked teeth can cause multiple different oral health problems. Invisalign treatment can prevent those problems from happening.
Schedule a Cosmetic Dental Consultation
Call Infinity Dental of Fox Lake today or schedule an appointment online if you’d like to discuss your options for a complete smile makeover. Dr. Prendergast welcomes new patients and provides the experienced care you need to enhance the natural beauty of your smile.