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Beautifying Smiles with Cosmetic Dentistry in Milwaukee

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Today, the public is bombarded with television and radio ads expounding the virtues of cosmetic dentistry and the "specialists" who provide it. It leads to the question, "What's the difference between a prosthodontist and a cosmetic dentist?"

A prosthodontist is someone who has completed four years of dental school and taken an additional two to three years of advanced training that focuses on crowns, bridges, partials, dentures, and dental implants. While cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized dental specialty, there are many highly skilled dentists that perform cosmetic procedures to create wonderful results. A prosthodontist, such as Dr. Franzen, can provide these same results with the benefits of years of additional study and training.

As your Milwaukee prosthodontist, Dr. Franzen ensures that our restorative procedures always meet the requirements of form and function. When the restorations are in harmony with the remaining teeth, they provide the cosmetic and esthetic results every patient deserves. To enhance the appearance of your smile, Dr. Franzen may recommend teeth whitening, porcelain crowns, or a cosmetic gum lift.

To come experience our friendly and state-of-the-art care, call Milwaukee Dental Implants and reserve your consultation with Dr. Barry R. Franzen. We welcome patients from Milwaukee, West Allis, Waukesha, and Southeast Wisconsin to come enjoy the benefits of Dr. Franzen’s specialized dental practice.

ClearCorrect Aligners

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Are you ready to straighten your crooked, crowded, or oddly spaced teeth? With ClearCorrect aligners, you can achieve the perfectly straight smile you’ve always wanted without having to get bulky metal braces. This system instead uses a series of custom-made clear plastic aligners to gently shift the teeth in the most discreet and comfortable way possible. They are practically invisible on the teeth, and when it’s time to eat or brush, you can simply take them out!

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Porcelain Crowns

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Porcelain crowns allow us to not only restore a damaged tooth’s strength and function, but its appearance as well! Dental porcelain is extremely strong, durable, and it can be specially shaped and shaded to completely blend into a patient’s smile. With these crowns, only you and Dr. Franzen will know that you’ve had dental work!

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Direct Bonding

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This treatment offers a quick and easy way to get rid of small stains, chips, and gaps in less than an hour. First, Dr. Franzen will apply a color-matched composite resin to any damaged/missing enamel, and then he’ll use it to literally sculpt your tooth to perfection. It’s just that simple! This treatment is not only fast, but extremely effective as well, and the results can easily be expected to last for a decade or more.

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Teeth Whitening

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Years of coffee, wine, tea, and even natural aging can leave a smile looking stained and discolored, but you can easily turn back the clock and restore its shine in the comfort of your own home. We can provide you with your own take-home whitening kit, one which will feature custom-made mouth trays as well as a powerful bleaching gel that is much stronger than anything you can buy on your own. Simply use the kit as directed for about two weeks, and you can easily make your teeth up to EIGHT shades whiter.

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Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs

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Your cosmetic dentist in Milwaukee, Dr. Franzen can help you achieve the smile of your dreams using specific aesthetic treatments. Cosmetic dentistry can improve the color, size, shape, proportion, and alignment of your teeth to give your self-esteem a boost. While you are excited to invest in your confidence, it is normal to have several questions about the process. There is no need to worry. Dr. Franzen has the answers to your top questions about cosmetic dentistry. He will help you make the right choice for your smile.

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What are common cosmetic dentistry procedures?

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Dr. Franzen offers a variety of cosmetic treatments in-office to give you the smile you have always wanted. Depending on your individual needs and the results you want to achieve, you could benefit from one or more procedures, including:

  • ClearCorrect Aligners
  • Porcelain Crowns
  • Direct Bonding
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Crown & Bridge
  • Partials/Dentures
  • Dental Implants

Does my dental insurance cover cosmetic dentistry?

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In most cases, dental insurance carriers will not pay for cosmetic dentistry, but there are some exceptions. Now, certain restorative services overlap into cosmetic dentistry, which your policy may cover. If a cosmetic treatment is deemed necessary to improve or restore your oral health, your insurance may cover it, such as an all-ceramic crown. It can pay for as much as 80% of the treatment depending on your specific policy.

Our office works on your behalf with your insurance company to reduce the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket. We accept a variety of payment options, including third-party financing with CareCredit, to keep your new smile affordable.

Can my teen benefit from cosmetic dentistry?

There are certain cosmetic treatments suitable for teens, such as clear aligners, direct bonding, or teeth whitening. In some cases, young children can also benefit from cosmetic dentistry, like direct bonding to fix a chipped tooth. Your child will require an initial consultation with Dr. Franzen to ensure cosmetic dentistry is an option for them.

How long will the process take?

There is no easy answer to this question because the duration of the process varies depending on your treatment plan. You can achieve the results you want after just one appointment with teeth whitening or direct bonding; however, if you want other procedures, it can take a couple of weeks or longer. Dr. Franzen will outline your treatment plan and explain how long you can expect the process to take during your initial consultation. If you want quicker results, he will discuss any alternative treatment options.

Is cosmetic dentistry right for me?

If you are not happy with the smile you see in the mirror, you may be a candidate for cosmetic dentistry. Generally, you are eligible for specific treatments if you are infection-free. If you have an infection, it needs to be treated before Dr. Franzen can move forward with cosmetic services.

If you are ready to transform your smile, contact our office today to see if cosmetic dentistry is right for you.