Being able to smile with confidence is a priceless feeling everyone deserves. Having a nice smile can help you look and feel your best. Studies even show that people live longer and happier lives when they smile. An attractive smile can be a valuable asset in all areas of your life from getting the job or promotion, to dating and meeting new people.
Very few of us are born with perfect teeth, and it is common to have at least a few things you would like to improve about your smile. In today’s image-conscious society, many people find their perceived dental flaws hard to ignore, which can affect self-confidence and often motivate them to seek solutions with the help of a cosmetic dentist.
How do you feel when you look at your smile in the mirror? Are you embarrassed because of how your teeth look?
Cosmetic dentistry is a range of dental procedures focused on correct cosmetic imperfections in the teeth and smile. In simple terms, it’s about making you and your smile look more attractive. Dr. Castro views cosmetic dentistry as an artform that encompasses the use of color, design, and psychology to enhance your overall appearance. Whether it’s a teeth whitening, or porcelain veneers, her philosophy is to perform the most conservative procedure to accomplish one’s individual cosmetic needs. Fixing your smile is a great way to boost your self-esteem and confidence and with today’s advances in technology and materials, it’s possible to predictably get the smile that matches your face and personality in just a few visits.
None of us are born with perfect teeth. Fortunately, modern advances in dental techniques and technology allow skilled cosmetic dentists to correct a multitude of cosmetic teeth imperfections. Our skilled team of caring professionals can help address common issues such as:
When patients come in to see Dr. Castro for a cosmetic consultation, she takes a series of high-resolution pictures of their teeth and smile. Looking over these pictures together, she always asks what they would change if he could wave a magic wand and instantly transform their smile. For some, they may like the size, shape, and alignment of their teeth, but the color is something that bothers them. Others may like the color but they have short teeth that are chipped, damaged, or worn down. A lot of times as people age, they show less teeth when they smile leading to wrinkles and sunken in cheeks. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Dr. Castro also sees a lot of patients that show too much teeth and gums when they smile, which creates a disproportionate teeth to gum ratio. All of these issues can be fixed through conservative cosmetic dentistry.
Dr. Castro calls it a smile transformation, but in actuality, having your smile fixed can transform your life! She has seen people instantly gain confidence and embark on a whole new future that they never thought possible. It amazes her that a lot of patients take better care of themselves after having their smile makeover. If your smile is something that’s holding you back, then getting it fixed can be a game changer!
Correct, balance and fix structural and cosmetic flaws.
Investing in yourself with cosmetic dentistry gives you the benefit of improving your smile and bringing out your natural beauty. It can also help improve your overall health. If your teeth are broken, chipped, worn down, or have gaps between them, you may not be able to chew and eat your food thoroughly. Porcelain veneers can help restore these damaged teeth and bond them together strengthening them and preventing future damage. Veneers are also perfect for covering dark colored and stained enamel.
Make you look more attractive!
Along with your eyes, your smile will draw people in when you’re communicating. Dr. Castro designs smiles from the outside in. She believes you need to closely examine a person’s entire face, their skin tone, eye color, and even personality to create optimal results. She is guided by following the Golden Proportions philosophy, which helps her create a smile that is in perfect harmony with the rest of the face.
An attractive smile is in balance when the gums and teeth are in proper proportion and the teeth adequately support your cheeks and lips. Your smile is the center of your face and when it matches your style and personality, you will look and feel more attractive!
Give you a better outlook on life.
Many times, patients come see Dr. Castro so they can become more physically beautiful on the outside, not realizing how their lives will transform on the inside. Struggling with insecurity about the appearance of your teeth and smile can make you feel shy and uncomfortable around others. After a smile makeover, many of these issues are instantly reversed! Dr. Castro sees spirits lift and lives take off as patients become more comfortable with themselves and others. This significant shift often leads to better relationships and more opportunities in life!
Erase years of aging and make yourself look younger.
The whole world spend billions of dollars on temporary cosmetic fixes like BOTOX® Cosmetic, fillers, and even plastic surgery to make themselves look younger. Most of these procedures offer only short-term, temporary fixes that must consistently be maintained. In many cases, a rejuvenating smile makeover with porcelain veneers can be a better long-term solution for helping you look younger, happier, healthier, and, in some cases, smarter! Porcelain restorations can provide better support for your lips, and, when used to open your bite, can erase wrinkles from around your mouth. The best part is, these changes are permanent and unlike natural teeth, veneers resist staining and wear. With proper care, a rejuvenated smile can maintain its strength and beautiful appearance for many years.
Can help propel you in your career!
You don’t have to be a celebrity or an actor to realize the positive impact a nice smile can have on your career. Your smile says a lot about who you are. It projects confidence and can make you appear more professional and competent. People like to be around others who smile as they tend to be more open and flexible. In today’s competitive job market, when two equally qualified candidates are competing for the same job, the one with the nicer, healthier smile usually wins.
Prevent future damage to your teeth.
Most people don’t realize that cosmetic dentistry can reinforce damaged and cracked teeth, protecting them from further damage. Teeth that have fractures and worn edges can be strengthened when bonded with porcelain veneers or, in severe cases, fitted with porcelain crowns. Additionally, maintaining healthy gums is important to both your oral and physical health. Placing veneers on teeth that have gaps between them can help protect the gums and lead to better overall oral hygiene.
Improve your social life.
When you have a bright white smile and straight teeth, you’ll likely become more outgoing! Dr. Castro sees it all the time with his veneer patients, they start smiling more and attract positivity into their lives. They feel much better when they look in the mirror, and are more excited to go out, socialize, and live life!
No two smiles are alike, and the same can be said about our patients needs and goals. Dr. Castro will spend time with you at your initial consultation getting to know you, your personality, and what you’re looking to accomplish. She will come up with a treatment plan that is custom tailored for your smile! Dr. Castro’s goal is to do the most conservative procedure that will give you the best looking and longest lasting results.
For people who have nice teeth and a good smile, some teeth whitening may be the best treatment. Enamel recontouring can fix minor chips with conservative smoothing and polishing to rejuvenate a smile. Bigger chips and cracks can sometimes be repaired with cosmetic dental bonding. If porcelain veneers are the best option for you, Dr. Castro prefers to conserve as much of your healthy tooth structure as possible. This allows him to use a very thin porcelain, which looks more natural and provides more strength.
Dr. Castro views any procedure that makes you look and feel better as cosmetic. It depends on your individual needs. If you lost a front tooth and need an implant or bridge, this can be viewed as cosmetic. Many of the procedures listed below provide both a health and cosmetic benefit:
With more than 2 decades of transforming smiles, Dr Castro have a strong passion for aesthetics and for creating beautiful smiles, and she’ve had the opportunity to help thousands of patients over the years. They know what they want, or at least how they want their smile to look.
While traditional dentistry focuses on prevention, cosmetic dentistry focuses on restoration. Dr. Castro’s goal is to restore your smile to its natural beauty and then help you prevent it from being anything less. To do that means determining what cosmetic dentistry options are right for you specific situation.
Below are our popular Cosmetic Dental Procedures
Teeth whitening has become an essential part of personal maintenance. When you have a set of stunning pearly whites, your quality of life and self-esteem will soar.
Whether you want in-office or at-home whitening, we have a brilliant solution for you.
Tooth bonding is a beautiful quick-fix for decay, chips, rotations, gaps or discoloration. This relatively noninvasive procedure can restore the look and function of your natural teeth. Typically bonding lasts 5-7 years.
If you have chipped, dull, rotated or gapped teeth, ask us about porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are known to be the most durable, life-like, and esthetic cosmetic dental solutions for a plethora of dental challenges.
Veneers are a rapid way to adjust the alignment, shape, and size of your current teeth. They’ll completely revitalize your smile and the best news is that they typically take only 2 visits 1 week apart.
Snap on Smiles
Snap On Smile is a great permanent or temporary solution to a less than perfect smile and is capable of achieving exceptional results at a very affordable cost
Dental crowns can fortify your teeth for years. Porcelain dental crowns have reflective properties that can perfectly imitate natural teeth.
Our cosmetic dentistry services don’t end here. We provide many more methods to transform your frown into a beautiful smile.
Test Out Your Future Look With a ‘Trial Smile’
Achieving a more attractive smile is often a big investment. And, like other big investments, it’s always advantageous to have the opportunity to “try it out” beforehand — especially something as visible and public as your smile.
We’ve come a long way in giving people ways to preview their smiles before the permanent restoration is in place. Computer imaging is one of the more effective ways of doing this. But what if you could actually see for yourself in a mirror rather than on a computer monitor or printed page what your new smile will look like? Now you can with a “trial smile.”
To create a trial smile, we temporarily apply a laboratory fabricated composite resin, a tooth-colored dental material, directly to your teeth. Not only will you be able to see your smile as it will appear, you’ll also be able to get a sense of the texture and depth of the new dental work, something you can’t quite capture with two-dimensional computer imaging. And while you won’t be able to wear the trial smile home permanently, we can certainly take photos for you to show friends and family for their opinion.
Trial smiles are also beneficial in helping us plan your smile makeover. By viewing how you interact with your new look — facial expressions, speech and, of course, smiling — we can fine tune the amount of tooth preparation necessary, as well as the color, shape and texture of the permanent restorations.
Incorporating a trial smile into your treatment will involve an additional expense, but only as a relatively small part of your overall treatment cost. But the benefit it can bring in helping us achieve a smile that’s both attractive and satisfying to you is well worth the cost. “Trying out” your smile ahead of time can give you added peace of mind that your new look is just what you expected.
Maybe you’re wondering what a new smile would look like?
The days of “hoping” that you get a great looking result from your procedure are over, thanks to our SNAP smile design simulation software.
With SNAP, you are able to see your new smile before you decide to spend the money on a cosmetic procedure. Here are just a few of the reasons that cosmetic dentistry patients of love getting a digital smile makeover with SNAP technology:
At an extra cost during your Consultation, we can take photos of your smile and do a SNAP imaging of you smiles. Alternatively, you can email us a picture, and we will digitally change your smile in the image before sending it back to you. This helps us design your new smile to your exact specifications and allows you to virtually sample our cosmetic dentistry services.
Want to know what your new smile will look like before ever having to come to our office? Great, all you need to do is email us a picture of your smile or come for a Cosmetic Consultation
The trial smile is a provisional temporary smile that is placed on prepared teeth. It allows you to “test-drive” your new smile before you commit to making long-term changes.
This extra stage in the smile design process ensures that the outcome of your dental treatment will meet your expectations.
Dr Castro will go to great lengths to ensure that the Trial Smile is exactly what the patient has requested.
The first step is to take impressions of your teeth and gums
Using these images of your mouth, Dr Castro can recommend the most appropriate treatment – or combination of treatments – for you to get the smile you want.
The trial smile also allows for you to make small changes after the initial smile design treatment planning. This occurs at a review appointment, often a week after the trial smile has been placed.
The trial smile is customised and hand-crafted by using dental composite materials and has a very realistic look.
The items to review include the shape of teeth, the size of teeth, the axial inclination of teeth, the shape of the embrasures, the position of the reflective line angles, the reflective or deflective properties of the teeth, the golden proportion of teeth and the width of the buccal corridor.
The trial smile allows our patients the time to decide if their new smile is exactly how they want it before the final placement of the veneers or implants. Any adjustments can be made quickly and easily.
Once the patient is satisfied with the look then digital photographs, impressions, and measurements are made of the trial smile and sent to the ceramist to help guide the look of the final smile.
Your personalised treatment plan will be specifically designed for you to get maximum results with minimum intervention.
While smile makeover costs are important, you can’t always measure the cost of your improved confidence and self-esteem.
A smile design is a procedure that combines esthetics and good dental health. Dr Castro will diagnose and analyze your smile to provide you with the best oral health and appearance possible. Understanding the interrelationship of oral structures — including muscles, joints, bones, gingival tissues and occlusion — helps provide you with the best treatment options for a new, beautiful smile.
Your lifestyle, age and goals all factor into the analysis to provide you the best treatment options.Three questions help refine what you hope to achieve:
As a part of your Cosmetic Dentistry treatment, we aims to emphasize your most attractive facial qualities. At your appointment consultation, we will discuss several alternatives, and make specific recommendations. Factors include:
Whether you’re looking to eliminate coffee stains or correct your crooked teeth, cosmetic dentistry treatments can transform your smile in a big way.
Many people feel they could benefit from cosmetic dentistry but are hesitant to seek treatment, fearing painful dental procedures. However, these concerns are unfounded. With the latest advancements in technology, cosmetic dentistry doesn’t have to hurt. There are now Cosmetic Dentistry procedures that are able to use less invasive techniques and conserve as much natural tooth as possible to avoid any discomfort.
Patients use cosmetic dentistry for a wide range of dental issues. Teeth whitening, straightening crooked teeth, teeth alignment and replacing metal fillings with a more natural color are some of the dental choices used to improve the look and functionality of the teeth. A common question asked by most patients is, “Does it hurt?” Fortunately, technology allows these procedures to conserve more of the natural tooth thereby circumventing a good amount of discomfort.
Treatments with Little Pain
Treatments with More Discomfort
In certain cases, the patient may need some preparation work done to the teeth depending on the procedure and the shape of the teeth. When receiving composite resin fillings, the patient may experience both initial and post-procedural discomfort if tooth decay is present. Decay can irritate the tooth and working on the tooth can cause further irritation. We usually numb the area prior to the treatment so the tooth doesn’t have painful sensitivity. After the treatment, there may be some degree of sensitivity towards hot and cold foods and beverages that lasts for a few weeks or several months.
Alternative Cosmetic Dentistry Technique
For patient who absolutely does not want a grinding and numbing but have a strong desire to improve the smile, options involve Snap-on Smile appliance or Prepless Porcelain Veneer
About 15 percent of patients suffer from dental anxiety and a fear of the dentist. If you find yourself feeling anxious at the thought of having dental work done, you should know that there are plenty of safe, comfortable relaxation methods that give patients a pleasant experience.
Sedation dentistry is an excellent option for patients who suffer from severe anxiety and may have been putting off critical dental treatments as a result. If you’re a good candidate, we will select the appropriate oral sedation option to help you relax and eliminate any anxieties before your treatment.
Cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry is our passion. During your initial visit to our cosmetic dental practice, Dr Castro will conduct a thorough smile analysis, examining the health of your dentition and identifying opportunities for improvement. From there, Dr. Castro will walk you through your treatment options and help you select which treatments best address your health needs and smile goals. Together, we’ll help you reach your dream smile.
This consultation is a critical factor in establishing what kind of experience you can expect and understand the results you can achieve.
Dr. Castro sees the consultation as an interview process. You should come in and decide if she is the right fit for the job, and determine if you feel confident in her expertise and recommendations. At the same time, she also needs to make sure your goals are ones she can deliver!
It’s really important for patients to be heard and Dr. Castro encourages you to be involved in your smile design. She likes to listen and make sure that your goals are realistic and obtainable. A smile needs to be able to both function properly and look beautiful!
In order to maximize time, Dr. Castro asks his patients to come prepared. Have a list of questions you would like to discuss and have answered. If there’s a specific smile you have in mind, it’s helpful to bring in pictures to the consultation.
It’s also important that you feel comfortable and understand the process of the procedure you are having done. Dr. Castro always invites patients to follow up with her if they have any questions they forgot to ask or if they need clarification on something that was discussed.
Getting a Smile Makeover with Cosmetic Dentistry is similar to buying anything expensive. You go through different stages of buying cycles. With this in mind, we offer 2 types of Consult
MINI COSMETIC CONSULT -FREE -WILL TAKE FROM 10-15 MINUTES
This will fit those potential buyer on their first stages of research about Cosmetic Dentistry. This type of patients are not yet ready to buy but would rather see a lot of dentist to shop around for ideas, information and cost and for them to see who could better help them in their Smile goals. This is the stage where patients are assessing if the practice is the right fit for them. As they plan to visit more Dentist, they prefer to have a free consultation.
EXTENDED CONSULTATION -PAID -FROM $100-300 – 30 MINUTES TO 1 HOUR
This type of extended Consult will cater to patients who have already done all their research, perhaps been to our office already and now, at this stage, ready to commit to have the Cosmetic Dentistry treatment. In our office, this is now the stage where we spend time giving all the extended nitty-gritty informations about the treatment details, procedures, options, financing and much more about the Cosmetic Dentistry treatment.
Consider the value of a good smile in your life. Having a smile you can be proud of can give you a renewed confidence in yourself and your appearance. People are likely to consider that you are more attractive, younger-looking, and even smarter or more successful because you have taken excellent care of your smile. Our patients often view a smile makeover as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – we do too. You’ll want to be sure that you get dental veneers made of high-quality material, that fit comfortably and perfectly, and that transform your smile in exactly the way that you envision.
Do it once, do it right – the importance of seeking quality dental care
High-quality dental work can be costly, but the greatest costs come from having to do the work more than once. We see patients every week who have started or completed treatment elsewhere, and who end up coming here to get the work repaired or re-done.
When considering cosmetic work such as porcelain veneers, the quality and longevity of the work performed is of the utmost importance. We encourage our patients not to compromise when it comes to getting the high-quality dental care they deserve.
The price for a Cosmetic Dentistry can vary greatly from patient to patient based on the unique details of his or her custom treatment plan.
The total cost of your smile makeover will be determined by a variety of factors:
At the end of your consultation, you will be presented with a full price quotation for your smile enhancement plan.
We offer a number of dental financing options that enable you to pay over time.
When looking for quality dental work in Melbourne, you want to be sure you are getting the best deal. The price you are quoted for a service can vary greatly from practice to practice. A savvy customer knows the importance of finding the balance between a fair price and ensuring that you receive skilled and experienced care from your provider.
Ensuring that your dental work fits well, look natural, and is long-lasting requires skill and experience.
Experience and talent can cost somewhat more up front than the services of a less skilled dentist. However, it saves time, money, and discomfort to do the job right the first time, with high-quality materials and modern techniques. Make sure you place your trust and your teeth in reliable hands to get the best work at the best price.
Australian insurance companies, such as HBF, HCF, BUPA and Medibank usually cover Cosmetic Dentistry procedures such as Porcelain Crown, Bridges or Veneer under the category of ‘major dental’.
Major dental is typically covered under the policies of higher extras cover which generally covers surgery and emergency treatment. Major dental typically includes complex and expensive procedures like braces, crowns, wisdom teeth removal, bridges and root canals. You can also receive cover for orthodontic and endodontic works.
How much does my health fund pay?
Each health fund pays a different rebate amount, depending on their rules for each level of cover. For an approximate rebate amount, ask your health fund what the maximum rebate amount for your “major dental” category is.
At the practice, once you have been assessed, you will be provided with an itemised treatment plan. You can give this plan and the item numbers to your health fund. They will then be able to provide you with a precise, detailed quote.
We see a lot of patients shopping over the phone for best price and based decision as to the treatment cost over the phone enquiry and estimated cost given by them by an office receptionist. But those over the phone figures could just be an estimate of fees, someone can throw in a small figure or fees just to get them into their door, but that it isn’t the correct fees.
Price-shopping for cosmetic dentistry over the phone would be like comparing Apples over oranges. The dental costs provided over the phone shopping could be based on approximate prices and should be used as a general guide only and do not factor any complexities or variances that may arise on an individual basis.
As every patient has individual needs the only way to get an accurate dental costing is to have a thorough examination and consultation and discuss your goals and also your budget.
A Smile Makeover can involve many different areas of Dentistry including Orthodontics, Periodontics, Implants, Crowns, Veneers and Teeth Whitening. It can range from simply whitening teeth to a full mouth smile makeover. A Smile Makeover can be performed in different ways and with different materials. The complexity can vary from individual to individual.
We can give you some ideas, but the answer has a lot in common with the question “How much is a Car?” or “How much is a House?” Those cost can vary over the map and what model of a car is, can’t they? You will be seeing the same thing in Cosmetic Dentistry.
Then the two important question also have to be answered, What is your level of expectation of perfection and how difficult or easy will your treatment be?
Today a healthy and beautiful smile is more important than ever, which is why many people are turning to cosmetic dentistry. While many people wish to perfect their smile, sometimes the cost of this treatment can be a big worry. The great news is that reasonably priced options are available today and payment options also make it easier than ever to enjoy a great smile. If you’re worried about cosmetic dentistry prices, here is a closer look at.
Many different factors can influence what you pay to have cosmetic dentistry procedures completed. One big factor happens to be the type of treatment that you choose. If the treatment needed is limited, the price will be fairly low. However, if more extensive treatment is needed, cosmetic dentistry prices can quickly increase based upon the specific treatment needed.
When people choose to have cosmetic procedures done on their teeth, they often forget to figure in the laboratory charges when figuring the approximate cost of treatment. Certain procedures may require some work in a laboratory, which will result in charges from the laboratory. While some dentists include this amount in the total cost, sometimes these charges may be separate. If you’re trying to figure out the overall cost of your cosmetic treatment, don’t forget about possible laboratory charges.
In some cases, additional surgery may be needed for those undergoing cosmetic dentistry procedures. For example, those who decide on dental implants may require additional surgery to get the implant site prepared. Preoperative and postoperative surgical procedures are sometimes needed and can increase the overall cost of the cosmetic treatment needed.
Now that you understand some of the factors that can affect cosmetic dentistry costs you may be wondering how much certain procedures will cost you. While the end cost can vary, here is a look at the estimated cost for certain procedures.
Dentistry not ‘black and white’.
Unfortunately in dentistry, more than in medicine, things are not absolutely black and white. So there are a lot of shades of grey and it depends very much on the dentist’s personal experience, expertise and training.”
The patient’s own level of expectations and perfectionism, medical and dental history, oral hygiene status as well as their likelihood to follow a treatment plan can also influence the dentist’s decisions.
Dentist are not basically trying to tell you something different to make more money, but they have different ideas, different trainings. And they see things differently. And it’s extremely variable.
If you want to know the cost of a smile makeover, it makes sense to go to the dentists who know how to do it correctly and who can actually create a beautiful smile. Why get a smile makeover in the first place if the result is going to be a mediocre smile?
Do you need major dental work but have no idea how you’re going to pay for it? You could qualify for the Early Release of Superannuation (ERS), which has been established to provide you with access to your funds when you need them most.
Instead of waiting until you are 65 years old, you are able to access your funds immediately, regardless of you are in your 20s or your 40s. That’s why requesting an early release of superannuation for dental treatment can provide enormous financial relief, especially if you have limited private health cover.
How does early Release of Superannuation (ERS) work?
The early access to superannuation funds has been designed to allow you to receive essential dental treatment that is paid for by funds that belong to you.
However, you should note that you need to meet select criteria to apply for the early release of funds. This option should also be a last resort and one taken after all other considerations have been exhausted. Speaking to a financial counsellor before you go ahead is a good idea.
How can I apply for Early Release of Superannuation (ERS)?
First, you need to establish if you are eligible to access the funds. Depending on the superannuation fund you are with, you are allowed access to a lump sum to pay out-of-pocket expenses for dental treatment for yourself or your dependents.
The specific requirements for applying for early access based on compassionate grounds include:
How does a dental ERS application work?
Australian Tax Office (ATO) has strict rules for what qualifies as a treatment you can finance through ERS. Here’s how the procedure usually begins:
Qualifying for ERS for dental
Your superannuation is there to help protect your quality of life in retirement. Accessing it before that time is strictly regulated of course. However, for cases where your quality of life will be lower if you don’t access those funds, the government makes allowances.
It must be justified on medical grounds. If your teeth aren’t fit for purpose – if you can’t chew and can’t eat – that is good grounds for an ERS application.
Cosmetic veneers and things like that are not really an option. But if you need the porcelain to adjust your bite, that’s different. So, it really depends on your circumstances. All-on-4 is probably the most common treatment which people have been funding via the super route, that is when you need all your teeth replacing because they are terminal so this certainly fits the criteria.”
How long do I have to wait?
The application process to access your super usually takes a few days to get together, then an estimated 10 to 14 working days for assessment.
Are there limitations on the amount of dental superannuation I can withdraw?
In a word, no! There are no restrictions on how much super you can withdraw. You are eligible to withdraw the amount required for your treatment, however large or small an amount it may be.
I don’t have sufficient super – Can I access another account?
Absolutely! If you don’t have sufficient superannuation left to cover the cost of your treatment it is possible to access the superannuation of your partner, spouse or other dependants as you see fit.
Dental superannuation – What it covers?
Early release of your superannuation can cover a wide range of surgical dental treatments including…
How much tax do you pay on early release of super?
There are no special tax rates for a super withdrawal because of severe financial hardship. It is paid and taxed as a normal super lump sum. If you are under 60 years old, this is generally taxed between 17% and 22%. If you are older than 60 years old, you will not be taxed.
FOR MORE INFO
How do i access my super for dental? https://www.ato.gov.au/individuals/super/withdrawing-and-using-your-super/early-access-to-your-super/
Can you access super for dental? https://accessmysuper.com.au/dental-funding/
When can I access my super? All conditions of release explained https://www.superguide.com.au/how-super-works/access-super-all-conditions-of-release
Early access to your super https://www.ato.gov.au/individuals/super/withdrawing-and-using-your-super/early-access-to-your-super/
Dental Treatment Funding – Access My Super https://accessmysuper.com.au/about-us/
APPLY FOR EARLY RELEASE OF SUPERANNUATION ON COMPASSIONATE GROUNDS https://ndh.org.au/debt-solutions/access-superannuation/apply-for-early-release-of-superannuation-on-compa/
Super withdrawal options https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Super/Withdrawing-and-using-your-super/Super-withdrawal-options/
Early access on compassionate grounds https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Super/In-detail/Withdrawing-and-using-your-super/Early-access-on-compassionate-grounds/
Early Release of Super for Dental Health https://mysupercare.com.au/our-services/dental/
Using my super for dental work ato – https://www.ato.gov.au/individuals/super/withdrawing-and-using-your-super/early-access-to-your-super/
If you’ve been considering a smile makeover, be prepared to do a little homework before you find a cosmetic dentist. Cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized specialty, so any dentist can call himself or herself a cosmetic dentist. It is important to take some time researching candidates before you make a decision, so that you feel confident you are getting the best treatment and will achieve the best possible results.
HOW TO CHOOSE A COSMETIC DENTIST
There are numerous criteria upon which you can select a cosmetic dentist. For some patients, it comes down to convenience and cost. Take caution when choosing the cheapest cosmetic dentist. Cosmetic dentistry is like fine art. It requires time and skill and generally costs more than general dentistry. Most dentists, however, will work with you to find the best treatment options in your budget and present financing options where needed.
Ask For Referrals
Talk to people you know who have had cosmetic dentistry. Personal referrals from friends and family are often the best way to find a cosmetic dentist. You can also ask other dentists including your general dentist. Read online reviews for dentists in your area to find out which ones get the highest ratings.
Ask About Continuing Education
Very few dental schools provide general education in cosmetic dentistry. Therefore, it is essential that a dentist pursue post-graduate training in cosmetic dentistry to master the principles. There are numerous, well-respected cosmetic dentistry education programs.
Find Out How Much Time is Devoted to Cosmetic Dentistry
In addition to education and hands-on training, it is important to know how many years of experience a dentist has practicing cosmetic dentistry. Also, ask the dentist how much of his or her practice is devoted to cosmetic dentistry. While there is no specialty in cosmetic dentistry, those who strive to be the best in their field see a significant volume of patients for cosmetic and restorative dental treatments.
Ask to See Before-and-After Photos
Just as an artist would showcase masterpieces in a gallery, a skilled cosmetic dentist will show off their best work. Ask to see examples of cosmetic dental work. Many dentists also post before-and-after photos in online Smile Galleries. Be aware that retouched photos and stock before-and-afters do exist. If you have concerns, ask the dentist to provide you with a few referral patients that you can personally call.
Take Time During the Consultation
Don’t rush through the consultation. Take time to clearly explain your objections and listen to the dentist’s recommendations. Communication is extremely important in cosmetic dentistry to achieve the best possible results.
Make Sure You’re Comfortable
But what it all comes down to is how comfortable do you feel in the practice. If the dentist and staff make you feel comfortable and well cared for, you’re sure to have a great experience.
With the constantly rising costs of healthcare, many people are making difficult decisions about their health, including sometimes forgoing routine preventive care as a way to save money. This includes dental care, which can result in patients requiring even more expensive and complicated emergency care down the road.
One way that many people are choosing to save money on costly dental treatments is by travelling abroad to have the work done for less. Medical and dental tourism — patients travelling to other countries for cheaper medical or dental care — has occurred throughout history, and today it’s as popular as ever. An entire industry revolves around connecting patients with care in other countries. However, patients should consider several important questions before taking a trip to a foreign country for any kind of dental treatment: Do the cost savings outweigh the risks of entrusting a dentist in another country with their oral health?
What are the risks?
Dentistry, whether provided at home or abroad, is never risk-free. You might pay top dollar to see the best provider and still have something go wrong.
The Australian Dental Association advocates for patients to reconsider mixing holidays abroad with their oral health care. The association says the standards of dentistry overseas aren’t as good as in Australia and there could be issues with cleanliness and infection risk.
While there are no strong population-based studies that prove overseas dental treatment leads to poor outcomes, case studies do exist. These have shown lack of accountability and regulation are the main issues with dental tourism, particularly when complications arise.
Education, training and practice philosophies of overseas-trained dentists might be different to those of Australian-trained dentists. Dental education systems in a few major tourist destinations in Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent are facing several challenges in terms of rapid privatisation, quality and regulation.
On the other side on the coin, Australia has also had reported cases of poor infection control practices.
Things to consider
Whether you choose to have dental treatment overseas or in Australia, here are some things to consider:
Have you had enough time to think about your treatment? If you have a plane to catch and a tight schedule, you need to be wary about being pressured into committing to treatments before you feel ready. Holidays come and go but the effects of dental treatment stick around for a lot longer.
Have you been able to ask questions? Most dentists are really good at telling patients about treatments and different options. If you don’t feel you can ask questions, or that you are getting answers that satisfy your needs, you should be able to have a second opinion. Don’t be afraid to ask for one.
What happens if things don’t work out? Dentistry is as much of an art as it is a science. No matter how skilled your dentist, sometimes things don’t go to plan or are more complex than first thought. It usually isn’t too much of a problem to put things right, but if you need to see a dentist again, is this going to be difficult?
How to save money on dental treatments
If something goes wrong on your dental holiday, the cost of repeating your dental treatment in Australia along with any corrective work needed could end up costing more than it would have originally, not to mention the risk of pain, infection and permanent damage to teeth. Before flying abroad for a dental treatment, you should find out if you can access affordable dental care at your local clinic.
Final note to consider before choosing dental tourism
If you think dental tourism is for you then make sure you do your research- thoroughly. Don’t rely solely on PR and Marketing- it’s easy for companies to create glamorous websites and claim success. Ask around. Find dental tourism patient testimonials.
Also, don’t assume that one person’s dental tourism experience will be the same for you. For comparison purposes, try and find people who have had the exact same procedure you’re looking for.
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Dangers and risks of dental tourism https://www.dental-abroad.com/dangers-and-risks-of-dental-tourism-21.html
Dental tourism: Things to consider before going that extra mile for your smile https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-25/dental-tourism-overseas-dentist-cost-of-dentistry-thailand-india/10427136
Dental tourism: 6 questions to ask before you go overseas for dental work https://www.considerable.com/health/dental-care/dental-tourism/