Cosmetic Dentistry

Do you worry about the appearance of your teeth?

Visit Michelsen Dental to see how our cosmetic dentist in Orange, Dr. Michelsen, and our team can help you get the stunning smile you want. We offer a variety of cosmetic services to help straighten, brighten, and recover your smile. You can also visit us if you live in nearby Tustin.

Our high-quality cosmetic dentistry can help repair and correct imperfections in your smile. We know keeping a healthy and glowing smile can lead to a better lifestyle, if simply by boosting your confidence and your ability to communicate with those around you.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Orange, CA

Woman with gorgeous smile after cosmetic dentistry in Orange CaliforniaBonding

Bonding is a great way to fix small imperfections in your smile. Bonding consists of a tooth-colored resin to repair teeth that are decayed, cracked, chipped, or discolored. The resin is matched to your natural teeth and polished in one visit.

Tooth Colored Fillings

When you have a cavity, you might worry about getting a silver filling that stands out in your otherwise bright smile. Fortunately, we offer tooth-colored fillings that blend in naturally with your other teeth. We can take care of your teeth while keeping your smile beautiful!

Teeth Whitening

If you are looking to brighten stained, discolored, or yellowing teeth, consider teeth whitening. Our cosmetic dentist uses the Boost ® teeth whitening system in our office, an efficient and effective way to get your teeth their pearliest. Professional teeth whitening is much more effective than over-the-counter products.

Veneers

Veneers are a great option for patients looking to cover up minor flaws, especially on their front teeth. Our porcelain veneers look clean and natural, and they instantly fix issues like chipped, stained, misaligned or irregularly spaced teeth. Both our porcelain veneers and our Lumineers will help you get an instantly beautiful smile!

Man smilin after visiting his Orange California cosmetic dentist

Invisalign

Invisalign has been advancing their technology for the last twenty years. A convenient and comfortable alternative to traditional braces, Invisalign aligners allow you to enjoy the same foods you do now. Because the aligners are clear, they are virtually invisible to other people!

Many of our patients understand the importance of having an aesthetically pleasing smile in our current environment, both for business and for pleasure. Schedule an appointment in Orange, CA for Invisalign clear braces now!

Understanding the Cost of Cosmetic Dentistry

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Naturally, the cost of cosmetic dentistry in Orange, CA is probably a major factor in your decision to go through with any treatments. As you can probably guess, though, the price of a smile transformation will differ for every patient depending on the specific services they’re completing. Once you meet with our Michelsen Dental team for a cosmetic dentistry consultation, we’ll be happy to lay out your expected costs as well as your options for making the process affordable. Until then, read on below to learn more!

Which Cosmetic Dental Service Is Right for Me?

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We offer multiple cosmetic dental services to choose from, each of which can accomplish different changes in your smile. Of course, they all come in different price ranges as well. At your consultation, your cosmetic dentist in Orange, CA can outline the estimated costs of each of the following treatments and more:

  • Teeth whitening – Our professional in-office teeth whitening is the fastest way to dramatically brighten your grin, and it’s easily affordable for most patients.
  • Dental bonding – Using composite resin, we can cover all sorts of aesthetic imperfections, from chips to stains to small gaps between teeth. Dental bonding is quick, versatile, and on the low end of the cost spectrum of cosmetic services.
  • Invisalign – Although Invisalign can cost thousands of dollars, it can also make dramatic and potentially lifelong improvements if you have crooked or gapped teeth.
  • Veneers – While veneers are far from the cheapest option to transform your smile, these thin porcelain shells can conceal practically every cosmetic flaw in your teeth for 15+ years to come.

Cosmetic Dentistry Can Be Worth the Investment

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Even though cosmetic dentistry is primarily focused on the way your smile looks, it can also improve the way it feels and functions. By closing gaps between the teeth or covering vulnerable teeth with restorations, you enjoy improved oral health. Also, when you’re proud of the smile you see in the mirror, you’re more likely to take better care of it by keeping up with regular dental checkups and brushing and flossing daily.

Not to mention, the improved sense of confidence that comes with cosmetic dentistry can be truly priceless. You’ll feel so great about yourself that you could attract new friends, potential romantic interests, or even promotional opportunities at work. In this way, cosmetic dentistry could literally end up paying for itself!

How to Make Cosmetic Dentistry Affordable

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Dental insurance is extremely unlikely to cover cosmetic services, as they’re deemed purely elective. That’s why most dental practices, including ours, offer additional methods of making cosmetic dentistry affordable.

At Michelsen Dental, our team is more than happy to help patients with or without insurance apply for payment plans through CareCredit. This trusted financing company has helped millions of Americans fit their medical or dental expenses into their budgets. By breaking up your cosmetic dentistry costs into monthly payments, your smile makeover can be much more easily within reach. Plus, many CareCredit plans have low or even no interest rates!

We also offer our very own in-house dental savings program for uninsured patients. In exchange for a flat annual rate, you can enjoy the same preventive care that traditional insurance covers, as well as discounts on many treatments that insurance doesn’t cover. This includes a 20% discount on all cosmetic services!

Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs

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Have you always wondered if cosmetic dentistry was right for you? Whether you’ve been thinking of whitening your smile, covering chips and cracks, or completing a full-blown smile makeover, we understand if you have questions about future treatment. At Michelsen Dental, we want to ensure you feel as informed as possible ahead of your appointment and 100% comfortable with your cosmetic treatment plan. Below, you’ll find some common questions we hear as well as our detailed answers for your convenience.

Is Cosmetic Dentistry Expensive?

When people think of cosmetic dentistry, they tend to think it’s always going to be incredibly expensive. However, this really depends on the treatment you’re considering. One reason people tend to think it’s pricey is because it’s rarely (if ever) covered by dental insurance benefits. This means it’s very typical to pay out-of-pocket. Even if enhancing your smile seems pricey today, it’s worth thinking about it more as a long-term investment towards boosting your self-esteem, confidence, and quality of life. Plus, our office is happy to recommend CareCredit if you need additional help financing.

Does Cosmetic Dentistry Hurt?

If you’re concerned about the possibility of treatment hurting, you should know that Dr. Michelsen works hard to make your patient experience as comfortable and painless as possible. The good news is for the majority of cosmetic treatments, you can expect care that is non-invasive. This includes teeth whitening and bonding, two of the most popular services (and they don’t even require local anesthetic!) With that said, veneers do require slight removal of enamel to place, but your mouth is effectively numbed beforehand. Following this treatment, it’s normal to notice some slight soreness or sensitivity over the next few days, but this is temporary and mild in nature. If you’re feeling particularly anxious, sedation dentistry can help mitigate any anxiety or discomfort.

Is Cosmetic Dentistry Safe?

When you’re being taken care of by a trained professional like Dr. Michelsen, you have nothing to worry about when it comes to your smile. However, it’s important that you receive the right treatment, which is why she will perform a comprehensive exam of your mouth beforehand to ensure you’re eligible to receive a specific service. She’ll provide an honest assessment of which options are best for your needs. For example, you’ll need to have any existing issues handled before you can begin dental treatment, including tooth decay or gum disease. We do not advise using cheap whitening products purchased over the counter as these are not only incapable of providing the results you want, but can actually damage tooth enamel and/or irritate gum tissue.

How Long Does Cosmetic Dentistry Last?

It truly depends on how well you take care of your smile following your cosmetic treatment. Additionally, some services tend to last longer than others by their very nature.  Quick treatments like teeth whitening and bonding can last for one to several years, but won’t be nearly as lasting as veneers. Furthermore, smile realignment with Invisalign can last for a lifetime as long as you remain dedicated to using your retainer. The general rule of thumb is the better you take care of your smile, the longer you can keep your results.

Schedule an appointment with our cosmetic dentist in Orange, CA!

We want you to look your best, which is why we offer a free consultation. To schedule an appointment to talk to Dr. Renu Michelsen about your aesthetic dentistry needs, call our office today! We’re providing beautiful smiles in Orange and to residents of nearby Tustin, CA!

Dr. Michelsen and her staff are amazing. We drive from Aliso Viejo because of the service we are provided. Thank you for taking great care of my family. We smile brighter because of you.

Alicia F.

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2018-09-07T12:02:29-07:00

Alicia F.

Dr. Michelsen and her staff are amazing. We drive from Aliso Viejo because of the service we are provided. Thank you for taking great care of my family. We smile brighter because of you.
I've been procrastinating on going to the dentist for a few years because I was nervous of what I might need. But after visiting with Dr. Michelsen, I found that I was worried for no reason at all. She and her staff are kind, patient, and gentle! I'm smiling because, not only are my teeth nice and healthy again, I also got my smile brightened. It looks better than I thought possible...and makes me feel happy about myself again.

Jill Parkin

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2018-09-07T12:02:02-07:00

Jill Parkin

I've been procrastinating on going to the dentist for a few years because I was nervous of what I might need. But after visiting with Dr. Michelsen, I found that I was worried for no reason at all. She and her staff are kind, patient, and gentle! I'm smiling because, not only are my teeth nice and healthy again, I also got my smile brightened. It looks better than I thought possible...and makes me feel happy about myself again.
My husband and I are both patients of Dr. Michelsen. As she has recently taken over this practice, we have only had a few visits with her but right off the bat, she made us feel right at ease and very comfortable with both her skill as a dentist and also her personal attention to her patients. She takes the time to get to know you, which we like. Her office staff is always very warm and inviting and never fail to greet you with a smile. I have already referred a friend and hoping we have the opportunity to refer others!

Robin Rodina

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2018-09-07T12:04:32-07:00

Robin Rodina

My husband and I are both patients of Dr. Michelsen. As she has recently taken over this practice, we have only had a few visits with her but right off the bat, she made us feel right at ease and very comfortable with both her skill as a dentist and also her personal attention to her patients. She takes the time to get to know you, which we like. Her office staff is always very warm and inviting and never fail to greet you with a smile. I have already referred a friend and hoping we have the opportunity to refer others!
Dr. Michelsen is fantastic! She is not only a great dentist with up to date equipment, but she is very good to her patients! Glad she is here and my dentist!

Susan Olive Nuttall

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2018-09-07T12:04:11-07:00

Susan Olive Nuttall

Dr. Michelsen is fantastic! She is not only a great dentist with up to date equipment, but she is very good to her patients! Glad she is here and my dentist!
Dr. Michelsen is a very professional, caring and considerate dentist which puts the dental health of her patients above all else. Her office will not try to upsell you on services that aren’t needed like other dental offices. Her office staff mirrors her professionalism and friendliness.

Marc Ellison

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2018-09-07T12:01:40-07:00

Marc Ellison

Dr. Michelsen is a very professional, caring and considerate dentist which puts the dental health of her patients above all else. Her office will not try to upsell you on services that aren’t needed like other dental offices. Her office staff mirrors her professionalism and friendliness.
Dr. Michaelsen is amazing! My daughter has Veneers on her front teeth. One cracked this week and she is leaving on a vacation for 2 weeks! Dr. Michaelsen and her staff went above and beyond to get her in and get the tooth fixed. Dr. Michaelsen did such a beautiful job fixing her tooth. You can’t even tell that there was ever a problem. She is such an amazing talented Dentist! And her staff is terrific too!

Amy Willett Leon

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2018-09-07T12:04:51-07:00

Amy Willett Leon

Dr. Michaelsen is amazing! My daughter has Veneers on her front teeth. One cracked this week and she is leaving on a vacation for 2 weeks! Dr. Michaelsen and her staff went above and beyond to get her in and get the tooth fixed. Dr. Michaelsen did such a beautiful job fixing her tooth. You can’t even tell that there was ever a problem. She is such an amazing talented Dentist! And her staff is terrific too!
Very helpful and friendly staff. I love that they make your crown right there and you don't have to have a temporary tooth and wait for the permanent tooth.

Elliot Wagstaff

Michelsen Dental
2018-09-07T12:03:10-07:00

Elliot Wagstaff

Very helpful and friendly staff. I love that they make your crown right there and you don't have to have a temporary tooth and wait for the permanent tooth.
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