San Diego Smile Center -  - Dentist

Paulo Cortes, DMD

Dentist located in Mira Mesa, San Diego, CA

Cosmetic Dentistry Specialist

Many people look to procedures associated with cosmetic dentistry to brighten and restore their smile. At San Diego Smile Center, Dr. Paulo Cortes and his staff offer state-of-the-art cosmetic dentistry procedures that will restore your smile and brighten your teeth. If you live in or near Mira Mesa in the greater San Diego area, the staff encourage you to call and make an appointment at your earliest convenience.

Cosmetic Dentistry Q & A

by Paulo Cortes, DMD

When are Cosmetic Procedures Used?

Dr. Cortes uses cosmetic procedures whenever you have a problem with the appearance of your teeth and how they affect your smile; cosmetic procedures beautify and enhance the visual appearance of your teeth. Cosmetic procedures can restore a whiter, brighter smile and even replace missing teeth through the use of partial dentures or implants.

Braces, dental implants, and dentures also work to beautify your teeth, and they make structural changes to your mouth. Because they enhance the appearance of your teeth, many doctors classify them as cosmetic. Cosmetic procedures are also used to cover results of restorative procedures performed to correct damage caused by injuries.

Are Cosmetic Procedures Normally Covered Under Insurance?

Most cosmetic procedures are considered to be elective procedures, meaning they aren't covered by most types of dental insurance. They are solely used for beautification purposes that have nothing to do with improving or restoring your physical health. However, most cosmetic procedures are affordable and well worth the additional cost when it comes to restoring your smile.

There are instances, however, when insurance can cover a cosmetic procedure. If you have received injuries to your face that have resulted in surgeries or restorative procedures, cosmetic dentistry may be used to help reduce visual scars or abnormalities. When this occurs, the cosmetic procedure becomes part of the care plan and is normally allowed to be covered by your dental insurance.

What Procedures are Considered to be “Cosmetic”?

Cosmetic procedures designed to improve the appearance of your teeth are considered to be “elective,” which means you choose to have them performed. They aren't required to ensure your good health. The most common cosmetic procedures include:

  • Veneers
  • Inlays/Onlays
  • Teeth whitening
  • Caps
  • Crowns
  • Braces

Dentures and partials may also be considered cosmetic, but they are typically covered under insurance simply because they provide health benefits. The ability to properly chew your food is just one reason they are mostly covered by insurance. Another reason is that they help protect the overall structure of the face by protecting gums from damage.

Accepted Insurance Providers

At San Diego Smile Center, we are dedicated to our patients' dental health. We accept a variety of insurance providers to make sure that all of our patients are covered. If your insurance is not listed or if you have any questions, please call our office to see how we can partner with you.

Aetna
Anthem Blue Cross
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna
Delta Dental
Guardian
MetLife
UnitedHealthcare
Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Google+

    "Dr. Cortes, his wife and his office staff are amazing. They made me feel so comfortable and right at home. They're positive energy is infectious! Very down to earth."

    Ashleymarie A.
  • Google+

    "I was in San Diego last week and the unexpected happened: I chipped my tooth!!! I searched for a dentist in the area and came across Dr. Cortes and his office."

    Freddie M.
  • Google+

    "They are a great team. I am assured they want to give the best dental service they possibly can to people. Their enthusiasm and good will is wonderful!"

    Theresa H.
  • Yelp

    "Dr Cortes is a breath of fresh air to the San Diego Smile Center practice. He is not only very meticulous and detail-oriented, but he also shows you what you have."

    Susy F.
  • Demandforce

    "I am very impressed with the dentist's knowledge and precision, he works swiftly and makes sure the job is very well done..."

    Yvette Z.
  • Demandforce

    "I have to say this dental office is the most caring office I have ever been to. They are so kind and passionate about his work."

    Kathy D.
Location
San Diego Smile Center
10737 Camino Ruiz, Suite 120
Mira Mesa

San Diego, CA 92126
Phone: 858-206-8448
Fax: (858) 566-1589
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