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Can I Afford a Smile Makeover?

Are you trying to decide if that smile makeover you’ve always wanted is going to fit into your personal budget? At Raleigh Dental Arts, we’re here to tell you that every smile makeover experience is unique! And truth be told, there’s a cosmetic dentistry option available for everyone—even if you’re working with tighter resources.


Start with a Smile Makeover Budget


It’s completely fine to come into our Raleigh dental office with a budget already in mind. Yes, some “Hollywood” style smile makeovers can come in at premier levels. And for some people, that’s completely alright. But it’s just as common to work on a tighter budget while still enhancing the way your teeth look.


For instance, maybe you want to figure out what type of smile makeover you can afford for just $500, $1000, or another fixed amount. If you have that amount set aside already, you want to finance everything, or you plan on also using your insurance for certain procedures, it helps to narrow down which types of services and treatments will fit into your budget. You might find that you’re able to afford a lot more than you thought, especially if you’re using insurance or you opt for a more conservative treatment alternative.


There is absolutely nothing wrong with having a budget when you walk in for a cosmetic dentistry consultation. Truth be told, it might be easier to figure out what’s an option and what isn’t. You can still make a significant impact on the way your teeth look, even if you’re using modest aesthetic procedures. Your “budget” smile makeover is still priceless when it’s all said and done. There are a variety of minimally invasive, affordable, yet effective services we offer, all of which enhance how your smile looks overall.


Consider Your Smile Makeover Options


Working with a cosmetic dentist who listens to your needs is essential. You want a team that values your input, concerns, and budget when planning a smile makeover. Feeling pressured into a specific treatment could mean going over budget or procedures you don’t really want.


At Raleigh Dental Arts we start every smile makeover with an aesthetic consultation. Together we’ll discuss your budget, needs, wants, and “must-haves.” From there, we’ll talk about which types of services can help to make those wants into realities. Depending on the health and physical integrity of your teeth (or lack thereof) we’ll present the best options and choices available. You’ll get to help hand-pick the ones that best fit into your lifestyle. There’s no one perfect treatment for everyone.


Maximize Results with a Combination of Treatments


Depending on what you need, what you’re looking for, and how much money you want to spend, chances are you’ll probably combine two or three different cosmetic treatments. Or just get one! When it comes to the conservative side of things, some of the most affordable aesthetic services can complement each other for maximum results. Here are some of the most popular (yet budget-savvy) options that we offer:


Teeth Whitening — Brightening the color of your teeth provides an instant pick-me-up at a budget-savvy price. Whitening makes a huge difference in the way your smile looks, especially when you go with a stronger professional system like trays or in-office bleaching compared to weaker over-the-counter types of products.


Gum and Tooth Recontouring — Slight adjustments to the contours of your gums and teeth can help create instant “symmetry” in your smile. Symmetry is one of the most important elements of aesthetics. Simply smoothing out one or two uneven areas, or raising the gumlines where there’s excess tissue, helps your smile overall. Treatments can be completed in just one appointment.


Dental Bonding — Composite bonding instantly masks minor surface discrepancies such as gaps, chips, or uneven enamel. We match the composite material to the color of your natural tooth, then shape it to your enamel. The results are immediate!


Invisalign — Straightening your teeth can provide some of the same results as dental veneers treatment but at a much more conservative price. Typically we use Invisalign to straighten all of your teeth, but there are quicker/faster options out there if you only need to straighten a few teeth at the front of your smile.


Updating Older Restorations — If you have old, dark-colored fillings, you may want to consider changing them out with white ones instead. We offer composite fillings and porcelain crowns that are matched to the shade of your adjacent teeth. Just keep in mind that you might want to whiten your teeth first, as these restorations won’t change color if you decide to bleach your teeth later.


Complete Your Smile Makeover in Stages


Depending on the type(s) of cosmetic dentistry treatment you choose, it may be possible to spread out the process and complete it in various stages. You don’t always necessarily need to do everything all at once. For instance, if you want to whiten your teeth now and straighten them later, you can. Or maybe you’d like to smooth out some rough edges to even things up, whiten a few months down the road, then bond over smaller gaps once your smile is brighter, you can.


Spreading things out doesn’t have to make your smile transformation complicated. It can actually make it seem less stressful for some people. As we formulate your care plan, our Raleigh cosmetic dentist will prioritize various treatments in the order they need to be completed—especially as they relate to one another—and discuss which ones are most important to you. That way you can essentially go down the list at your own pace, working on one phase at a time. If you’d like to speed things along, you can. If you want to wait, that’s fine too. Working on a budget allows you to afford your smile makeover on your own terms, not feel pushed into a direction you’re not ready for.



Tap Into 0% and Low-interest Financing Plans


Let’s say for a moment that you don’t have dental insurance, the treatment you want isn’t covered by insurance, or you prefer not to pay for the entire smile makeover upfront. Instead, you like the idea of easily financing your cosmetic treatment to break it up into smaller, affordable monthly payments.


When you decide to finance a smile makeover, you’re able to go ahead and complete your transformation as soon as you’re ready, without having to wait on anything. The balance—with or without a down payment is up to you—is then divided out into a preplanned monthly financing plan.


Depending on which payment plan option you prefer or qualify for, you might be able to choose from 0% interest that’s paid back in 6-12 months, or low interest that allows you to finance the total amount for even longer than that. The terms vary per person, but all of the payments go through one of our partnering health lending platforms. One of the benefits is that you can apply for financing in our office and have approval within a matter of several minutes; there’s literally no waiting when you’re ready to get started! And if you plan to pay it off early—like with a tax refund, stimulus check, or work bonus—there’s no penalty. Yes, it’s that simple!


Have Insurance?


While traditional “cosmetic” treatments don’t fall under insurance coverage, there are exceptions to the rule. For example, some types of restorative treatments—such as white fillings or porcelain crowns—serve a dual purpose. They repair damaged teeth while also enhancing the way they look. Since the composite or porcelain is shaped and shaded to our preferences, we can complement the appearance of your smile in that space.


Best of all, restorative dental treatments are typically covered by dental insurance. So even if things like teeth whitening or cosmetic veneers aren’t included under insurance benefits, other tooth-colored restorations are.


Our Raleigh cosmetic dentist can maximize the appearance of white fillings, porcelain crowns, bridges, and implants to help your smile look whole and healthy again. Simply restoring areas of broken or missing teeth can transform everything about your appearance. And when your teeth look great, you’ll feel great too! Blending cosmetics with reconstruction is an integral part of any quality smile makeover. At Raleigh Dental Arts, we’ll help you capitalize on the insurance coverage you already have, to further reduce any out-of-pocket expenses related to the care you need.



The Investment in Yourself is Priceless


The way a smile makeover helps you look—and feel—is priceless. When you’re confident about your smile, it changes everything from your personality to your social life. The effects are almost instant! You’ll wish you had made the modest investment even sooner.


At Raleigh Dental Arts, we’re committed to transforming smiles and lives. If you’re struggling with self-consciousness related to the way your teeth look, we can help to change that. Call our Raleigh cosmetic dentistry team today to get started.

Tarun Agarwal

Dr. Tarun Agarwal, DDS is considered one of the top dentists in the country. He is a recognized speaker, author, and dental leader. He has been featured on CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, and News 14 Carolina. Dr. Agarwal has been awarded '40 under 40' Business Leaders by the Triangle Business Journal. He is regularly invited to teach other dentists around the world and recently built a training center within the practice dedicated to sharing his expertise. Most importantly he is a loving husband and dedicated father of three wonderful children. His biggest accolade was being voted 'Best Dad in the World' by 2 of his 3 kids.