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Creating Stunning Smiles for Every Dental Patient

Contrary to popular belief, a healthy smile isn’t always a beautiful one. Significant flaws like stains, discoloration, chips, cracks, and more can make it difficult for patients to show off their teeth with confidence. At Lifetime Dental of Agawam, patients in need of a true transformation are always welcomed at our Feeding Hills, MA dental office. Your cosmetic dentist in Agawam, MA, Dr. Frank Michitti offers a wide range of cosmetic services that can create dazzling improvements; better yet, you’ll be treated to a high-quality care experience that’s always gentle and personalized to fit your unique needs. Our team serves Agawam, West Springfield, Westfield and other surrounding areas – contact us today to schedule an appointment!

dental tools in mouth Metal-Free Dental Restorations

Finally receiving the quality restorative work you need should feel like a victory, not a loss when you look in the mirror and see noticeably silver or gold teeth staring back at you. That’s why Dr. Michitti is dedicated to providing his patients with cosmetic-friendly alternatives that provide the same lasting and durable results you can count on. Our metal-free restorations are seamlessly lifelike and precisely personalized; we utilize several excellent brands here at Lifetime Dental of Agawam, such as E.max, Empress, and Lava Esthetic Zirconia to ensure results that exceed expectations.

In addition to their superior aesthetics, metal-free dental restorations are also more comfortable and biocompatible than their predecessors. If you’re in need of a new crown, inlay, or onlay, don’t hesitate to reach out for help! Dr. Michitti would be happy to offer you valuable guidance and recommendations that will be sure to leave you with a stronger, happier smile. 

woman with glasses smiling Porcelain Veneers

When a patient is looking to give their smile an overall makeover, veneers can be an excellent solution. These wafer-thin porcelain shells are precisely crafted and personalized to fit over the visible surfaces of certain teeth, hiding cracks, chips, stains, and even gaps all at once behind a bright, refreshed appearance. In addition to traditional porcelain veneers, Dr. Michitti also offers a minimal preparation alternative that is more conservative and cost-effective; his recommendation will depend on the patient’s unique needs and personal goals for their cosmetic treatment.

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blonde woman smiling In-Practice Teeth Whitening

While take-home whitening kits are effective and convenient, some patients simply can’t wait to achieve the brighter smile they need. Maybe they don’t have the time in their daily routine to accommodate take-home whitening, or maybe they have a big event coming up that they need to look their very best for. In these cases, Agawam cosmetic dentist, Dr. Michitti recommends in-practice whitening with KoR and Opalescence Boost as the ideal solution. In just a single appointment, our team can brighten teeth by several shades, allowing you to leave that same day with the confident appearance you deserve.

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dentist showing patients teeth Gum Recontouring

When a smile appears uneven or overly “gummy” to the eye, it may be time for a change. Thankfully, Dr. Michitti can alter a patient’s natural gum line with the help of our advanced iLase™ soft tissue laser. By precisely removing overgrowths of tissue, he can help patients discover that they have plenty of healthy, beautiful tooth structure that was hidden out of sight all this time. He can also create a more pleasing, symmetrical appearance overall that leaves you ready to show off your new look!

teen boy smiling Dental Bonding

When a relatively minor cosmetic fix is needed, such as correcting a small chip or building on an addition to misshapen dental structure, direct bonding could be the ideal solution. This procedure is fast and simple – Dr. Michitti will apply the high-quality composite resin and carefully sculpt it into a pleasing shape that blends right in with the rest of the tooth. With professional and personal maintenance, direct bonding is likely to last for several years.

Understanding the Cost of Cosmetic Dentistry

Older woman smiling about cost of cosmetic dentistry in Agawam

It’s normal to worry about the cost of cosmetic dentistry since it’s typically not covered by dental insurance benefits. The good news is our team at Lifetime Dental of Agawam is happy to discuss your financial concerns and determine the best way to meet your smile goals. Keep in mind there are many cosmetic services available to you, all of which have different price points.

What Cosmetic Dental Service is Right for Me?

Cosmetic dentist in Agawam comparing veneer shades with patient

Most people are looking to achieve the following when it comes to cosmetic dentistry: whiten teeth, straighten teeth (or remove gaps), or change the shape or size of their teeth. The most common services recommended for these enhancements include the following:

  • Dental Bonding – Bonding is affordable, fast, and capable of reshaping damaged teeth or covering noticeable flaws. However, touchups will be needed every few years or so.
  • Teeth Whitening – Depending on the option you choose, your teeth whitening could be done in a single day (in-practice teeth whitening) or at home over the span of several days (take-home whitening). Both come with professional-grade solutions to brighten teeth multiple shades. However, whitening won’t address the shape or position of your teeth.
  • Veneers – One of the more costly options, veneers address the color, shape, and size of teeth by covering them with ultra-thin sheaths of ceramic (similar to fake nails). With proper care, they can last for a lifetime!
  • Gum Recontouring – If your smile appears “gummy,” it may be time to make some adjustments. We use a highly advanced soft tissue laser to remove excess gum tissue gently and conservatively.

It’s not uncommon for patients to combine multiple services to achieve their dream smile. We’ll discuss which options will best meet your smile goals during your consultation.

Why Cosmetic Dentistry is Worth The Investment

Dental model holding a $100 bill

While cosmetic dentistry can feel expensive now, it’s important to look at it as more of an investment in your smile that pays off in the long-term. If you’ve always felt self-conscious about your smile, you just may be surprised by how much it influences your mood, self-esteem, and confidence knowing you look exactly how you want to. As a result, you’re more likely to experience a better social life, relationships, and even personal and professional achievements!

How to Make Cosmetic Dentistry Affordable

Cosmetic dentist in Agawam speaking with a patient

More often than not, cosmetic dentistry is not covered by dental insurance. This means you’ll likely need to consider other financing options if you don’t want to pay for treatments out-of-pocket. However, there are other ways you can make your dentistry more affordable.

One of the most common solutions we recommend is enrolling into a payment plan with CareCredit. By doing so, you can cover the cost of treatments that dental insurance benefits don’t pay for. You can even expect little to no interest attached to these payments, making them easier to fit into a monthly budget.

To learn more about financing your smile makeover, give our office a call and schedule an appointment. Our team is happy to complete a cosmetic consultation with you one-on-one so you can feel comfortable about your treatment plan!

Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs

FAQs about cosmetic dentistry in Agawam

A beautiful smile is within everyone’s reach with cosmetic dentistry; however, there are many misconceptions about elective services. Your cosmetic dentist in Agawam will take the time to address all your concerns to ensure you feel confident in the decision you’re making for your smile. In the meantime, here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions.

Is cosmetic dentistry expensive?

Cosmetic dentistry isn’t as expensive as many people believe. The diversity of treatment options provides a solution for all budgets. Although there’s not a flat fee for cosmetic services, we offer many cost-effective procedures to achieve the smile of your dreams. You will invest in your self-esteem, confidence, and quality of life, allowing you to enjoy priceless benefits that can even boost your career.

Is cosmetic dentistry covered by dental insurance?

It is rare for dental insurance to cover any elective procedures; however, many cosmetic treatments also offer restorative benefits, like dental bonding, crowns, or gum recontouring. If your dentist determines a procedure is necessary for your oral health, you may be able to use your insurance to offset the amount you will pay out-of-pocket. Although every plan differs, most dental policies cover common restorative procedures by 50% to 80% after meeting your annual deductible. If applicable, we will work on your behalf with your dental insurance to maximize your yearly benefits. A member of our team will explain how your coverage is being used, and your payment options for any remaining balance, like third-party financing.

How long does cosmetic dentistry last?

Unfortunately, there isn’t any way to know how long your results will last without first creating a treatment plan. Some procedures have a life expectancy of a few months, while others can last for decades. No matter your procedure, your oral hygiene and lifestyle habits will influence the duration of your results. You can protect your investment by committing to your oral hygiene at home and visiting your dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. Your dentist will also recommend limiting anything that may compromise your new smile, like smoking, using your teeth to open packages, or chewing on inedible objects. If you play sports, protect your smile with an athletic mouthguard. Ask your cosmetic dentist for a nightguard if you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth.

Is cosmetic dentistry right for me?

If you are unhappy with the way your smile looks, you are likely a candidate for cosmetic dentistry. Your dentist will examine your mouth and learn more about your concerns to ensure it’s right for you. If you have any untreated dental issues, like tooth decay or gum disease, they will need to be resolved before moving forward with any elective treatments. Although it may add another step to your plan, it’s time well spent to ensure your investment serves you for years. If you are interested in cosmetic dentistry, take your first step toward an attractive smile. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.

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