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Cosmetic Dentistry for Pittsburgh

Turn Your Smile into a Work of Art

Dr. Dan Rairigh, in addition to being a dentist, is also an accomplished painter, so if anyone understands the aesthetics of the perfect smile, it’s him. Whether you simply want a touch-up in time for a special event or you want to get rid of a flaw that has bothered you for years, he can help you do it, and you’ll absolutely love the results. At our practice, your smile will literally be crafted by an artist with over a decade of experience. To start getting your dream smile today, contact us for an appointment.

Porcelain Veneers

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With porcelain veneers, we’re able to eliminate a wide variety of imperfections with just one simple procedure, including:

  • Stains
  • Chips
  • Cracks
  • Gaps
  • Undersized or misshapen teeth
  • Slightly rotated teeth

They are extremely thin ceramic shells that are fitted to the front of the teeth, and they are custom-made to improve their appearance in every way. With them, you can get everything from a minor improvement all the way to a dramatic makeover. It all depends on your desires.

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Metal-Free Restorations

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If one of your front teeth become damaged or decayed, we’ll take extra special care of it using a metal-free, all-porcelain restoration. Dental porcelain is just as strong as traditional meta; it can also be shaped and shaded to perfectly mimic natural enamel in every way, even down to how it reflects light. Between Dr. Rairigh’s artistic touch and this material, he can create restorations so lifelike that even our staff has trouble distinguishing them from real teeth.

Direct Bonding

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If one small chip, crack, or gap is throwing off the entire look of your smile, we can take care of it in no time thanks to direct bonding. This treatment uses a composite resin, and with it, Dr. Rairigh can literally sculpt any tooth to perfection. Even better, the entire procedure usually takes less than an hour, is completely painless, and the results can easily last for 10 years or more with the proper maintenance (brushing, flossing, regular dental visits, etc.)

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Teeth Whitening

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A bright, white smile can easily take years off of your appearance, which is why we’re happy to offer two kinds of professional teeth whitening. If you want quick results in time for an upcoming special event, our in-office treatment can be completed in less than an hour. Alternatively, if you would like to whiten on your own schedule, we can provide you with your own custom-made kit that is specially designed for just your teeth. Whichever one you choose, they can easily make your smile up to eight shades whiter in no time!

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Smile Makeover

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Does your smile need a do-over? Do multiple dental issues cause you to always think twice before smiling? If so, then a smile makeover from Dr. Rairigh can turn that all around. Using a customized plan that combines multiple procedures into one comprehensive treatment, he can completely restore your smile’s beauty and function at the same time. No matter what your teeth look like now, a smile makeover will make you want to show them off all the time.

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Wrinkle Treatment

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At our practice, you can get a smooth, youthful face to go with your beautiful, new smile! Dr. Rairigh has taken special training to provide non-surgical wrinkle treatments right in our office so you can walk out looking like the most beautiful version of yourself. Wrinkles on your forehead, around your eyes, nose, and lips can quickly disappear thanks to a few well-placed, painless injections, and the results can last for months at a time.

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Gum Recontouring/Crown Lengthening

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Are you self-conscious about your “gummy smile”? If you have excess or uneven gum tissue that interferes with your smile’s aesthetics, we may be able to help via gum recontouring or crown lengthening. These procedures gently trim the gums in order to reveal more of the underlying dental structures. The result is a smile that is beautifully well-proportioned. Gum recontouring and crown lengthening can be standalone treatments, but they may also be necessary before a patient is eligible to receive porcelain veneers.

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Understanding the Cost of Cosmetic Dentistry

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Are you stressed over the cost of your cosmetic treatment? Aesthetic dentistry isn’t usually covered by dental insurance, so patients are often hesitant to commit to treatment. Because everyone’s smile goals are unique, we won’t be able to determine the cost of your treatment until you see us for a consultation. We have a wide array of cosmetic solutions and are happy to help you navigate the cost. For the time being, here are some things for you to keep in mind.

What Cosmetic Dental Service is Right for Me?

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Patients are usually trying to achieve a smile that is straighter, whiter, or shaped differently. Here’s how some of our options can help:

  • Direct Bonding – This minimally invasive procedure can be completed in just a single visit to the dental office, and it is one of the most affordable cosmetic treatments out there. Direct bonding can correct many minor imperfections, like chips and stains. Depending on how well you maintain the results, direct bonding can last anywhere from 3 to 10 years.
  • Teeth Whitening – Teeth can become discolored in a variety of different ways, but with professional teeth whitening, you can see noticeable results in a short period of time. This is another more affordable option, and results last anywhere from a couple of months to a few years depending on how well you care for them.
  • Veneers – Veneers aren’t the cheapest option out there, but they are the easiest way to transform numerous aspects of your smile at the same time. This includes the color, shape, and minor alignment issues.
  • Invisalign – If you have alignment issues, Invisalign is a great solution. This treatment typically costs several thousand of dollars, but it is an effective way to correct crooked teeth and bite problems.
  • Smile Makeover – This treatment simply combines several services together. It is the most expensive of all options but the easiest, most comprehensive way to get you exactly what you want in the best timeframe possible!

Cosmetic Dentistry Can Be an Investment Worth Making

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Cosmetic dental treatment may seem like quite a commitment, but it is also an investment that will pay off over time. If you are feeling self-conscious about your smile, making changes with the help of your dentist can lead to significant improvement in your confidence and self-esteem. Ultimately, this can mean better relationships, a more vibrant social life, and a higher quality of life. To determine whether or not cosmetic dentistry is a worthwhile investment for you, take a look at the entire picture.

How to Make Cosmetic Dentistry Affordable

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Cosmetic dentistry isn’t typically covered by dental insurance, but that doesn’t mean that you will be left completely on your own. We are happy to offer a free initial cosmetic consultation (a $125 value!), a free cosmetic smile assessment, and a free second opinion! We also work with CareCredit – a third-party financing company that can split the cost of your treatment into manageable monthly installments with little to no interest. To learn more about your financial options, talk to one of our friendly team members.

To find out exactly how much you can expect to pay for your cosmetic treatment, schedule a consultation with us. We’re eager to help you achieve your dream smile!

Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs

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Do you want to know more about the ways cosmetic dentistry can transform your smile? Keep reading below! Our expert staff at Advanced Dental Solutions of Pittsburgh has pulled together some of the most common questions we hear from patients about cosmetic dentistry. The handy FAQ section should be able to answer some of your most burning questions. If you have additional concerns or feel ready to get started boosting the appearance of your smile, do not hesitate to give our office a call!

How Long Will It Take to Improve My Smile?

The amount of time it takes to rejuvenate your smile will depend in large part on which procedure is required to meet your smile goals. For example, teeth whitening or dental bonding can often be completed in just a single visit to our office. Other cosmetic procedures, such as porcelain veneers, usually involve at least two appointments a couple weeks apart. The best way to know for sure how long it will take to improve your smile is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rairigh.

Can I Whiten My Teeth if I Smoke Cigarettes?

In addition to the many negative health effects of smoking tobacco on the lungs and body in general, the nicotine and tar in cigarettes often leaves teeth looking dark and yellow. If you are currently a smoker and want to brighten your smile, professional teeth whitening can help – but only temporarily. Unfortunately, the effects of teeth whitening will not last long if you continue to smoke, as the tobacco will re-stain your teeth. If you really want to achieve a whiter smile, your best bet is to pursue professional teeth whitening while also kicking the tobacco habit.

Is Cosmetic Dentistry Appropriate for Children?

There are many cases in which cosmetic dentistry can be beneficial for young children and teenagers. For example, direct bonding can help repair a tooth that has been chipped or fractured during a sports-related accident or injury. For adolescents who may be struggling with low esteem, meanwhile, professional teeth whitening can help boost the appearance of their smile and their confidence.  

If you are interested in exploring cosmetic dentistry options for your son or daughter, do not hesitate to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Rairigh. He will be able to suggest the most appropriate course of action for your child’s smile.

Will My Dental Insurance Cover Cosmetic Dentistry?

Unfortunately, many dental insurance plans do not cover the cost of cosmetic procedures. However, some cosmetic treatments, like porcelain crowns, improve both the appearance and the function of a person’s smile. Dental crowns are usually covered, at least in part, by dental insurance. 

At Advanced Dental Solutions of Pittsburgh, we are in-network with many of the major dental insurance providers, including Delta Dental, and MetLife. However, we firmly believe that insurance coverage alone should not determine whether you can achieve the beautiful smile of your dreams. That is why we are proud to partner with CareCredit, a third-party financing organization that offers low and no-interest payment plans for dental treatment. Ask our staff for more details!

Am I a Good Candidate?

Are you unhappy with the way your smile looks? Perhaps you avoid showing your teeth when you smile in photos or avoid taking photos altogether? If this sounds familiar, then you are likely a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry in Pittsburgh!

If you have gum disease or another oral health issue, this underlying problem must first be treated before you can move forward with cosmetic treatment. To learn more about which cosmetic dentistry options are best to rejuvenate your unique smile, schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Rairigh today.