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Cosmetic Dentistry

Kaiser Permanente offers the following cosmetic dental services, to keep your teeth looking their best, on a fee-for-service basis*

Cosmetic Dental Services

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Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is not a medical procedure — it does not result in healthier teeth — but it can result in whiter teeth and a brighter smile.

There are two types of teeth whitening:

  • Bleaching your teeth changes the color of the tooth enamel and removes both surface stains and those deeper in the teeth. In some cases, your dentist can bleach a single tooth at their office, or you can do it yourself with a custom tray kit made specifically for you, or with a kit you buy over the counter (OTC).
  • Whitening toothpastes use a rough (abrasive) material that “scrapes” off surface stains and polishes the teeth.

Your dentist can evaluate your teeth and discuss which teeth whitening option is the best fit for you.

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Composites (Tooth-Colored Fillings)

Composite resins are tooth-colored fillings that are a natural, durable alternative to silver fillings. Composite resin is easier than gold for a dentist to work with and usually is less expensive than gold.

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Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin, porcelain tooth coverings that are used to improve chipped, cracked, crooked, discolored, or gapped teeth. Porcelain veneers are placed over natural teeth as a permanent solution to achieve a uniform appearance. If you’re considering porcelain veneers, book a consultation with your dentist to ensure you’re a good candidate for this procedure.

*Cosmetic dental services are not covered benefits and are available on a fee-for-services basis. Refer to your plan’s Evidence of Coverage for complete dental plan details.