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Cosmetic Dentistry
Millbrae Smile Center - Millbrae, CA

Dr. Zubrow offers personalized cosmetic dental services designed to improve or restore your smile. Whatever your goals, she’ll develop a personalized plan for your care based on an in-depth examination and a thorough consultation with you. An active member of the Spear Institute, she receives annual, hands-on training in the services needed to get your smile just right, from in-office whitening to veneers and Invisalign. She believes in an effective but conservative approach, always working to preserve your natural teeth for as long as possible. Her goal for every patient is to provide them with the healthiest, happiest smile they can imagine. You deserve to feel confident when you’re talking and smiling, and Dr. Zubrow will do everything in her power to get you there.

Common Questions about Cosmetic Dentistry

What is cosmetic dentistry?

For Dr. Zubrow, anything that helps enhance a patient’s smile can be considered cosmetic dentistry. This includes a variety of specialized services offered at Millbrae Smile Center, including veneers, crowns, whitening, and Invisalign. Every mouth is unique, therefore the treatments needed to restore or improve your smile will vary from patient to patient. Dr. Zubrow works closely with each patient to determine the unique combination of services that will bring out their best possible smile.

How is cosmetic dentistry different from general dentistry?

Dr. Zubrow offers general dental services as well as specialized cosmetic dentistry services. She always works with both aesthetics and functionality in mind, but would consider cosmetic services those that focus on restoring or improving the patient’s smile, particularly the front teeth.

What is unique about Dr. Zubrow’s approach to cosmetic dentistry?

Dr. Zubrow is an attending member of the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona, an institute providing continuing education for dentists committed to clinical excellency. At least once a year, Dr. Zubrow attends lectures, workshops, and receives hands-on training in lab work, specialized drilling, new materials, and other subjects not covered in standard dental schools. As a practitioner, this puts her at a huge advantage, keeping her at the forefront of a developing field and giving her the hands-on experience necessary to bring that information into practice.

Dr. Zubrow focuses on treating every mouth as a whole. She doesn’t look at just the problem areas, but how each different area in the mouth comes together to form a whole. Her new private practice allows her the freedom to give each patient the personalized care they deserve. At your appointment, she’ll provide an in-depth consultation on the condition of your mouth, and the many options available for the restoration or improvement of your smile. Using advanced imaging techniques, she can give you an idea of what your mouth looks like now, and what’s possible for the future of your smile. You’ll go over the available treatments, financial liabilities, and develop the care plan necessary to achieve your goals.

What’s the most common form of cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry typically involves a combination of services working in conjunction with one another to achieve the best possible results for each patient. Veneers, Invisalign, whitening, and crowns on the front teeth are some of the most common services provided by Dr. Zubrow, and they are usually offered in a combination personally suited to the patient’s needs. Whatever your goals may be, Dr. Zubrow will help determine the unique combination of services to get you there.

What is the process for patients interested in cosmetic dentistry?

Some people come through the door with no expectations or strong desires, while others know exactly what they want to fix. In either case, Dr. Zubrow will do a comprehensive examination of your smile and let you know the available options. If you’re a new patient, Dr. Zubrow allots two hours for the first appointment. One is spent with the hygienist, for an examination and routine dental care. The second hour is spent with Dr. Zubrow, going over the condition of your mouth and the many options available for care. Upon hearing the possibilities, some patients will decide they want to restore or improve some aspect of their smile. If that’s the case (or if they’ve come in with specific goals for improvement), you’ll come back for a second consultation, at which point Dr. Zubrow will put the data together to come up with a comprehensive plan for your care. Using photographs, x-rays, and diagnostic impressions, Dr. Zubrow can create a model of your mouth, giving you a better sense of the existing problems and what each service provided by Dr. Zubrow would improve. If you’re interested in cosmetic dentistry, you and Dr. Zubrow will work out a roadmap for the future of your care, determining what comes when, and any financial assistance that might be needed.

Does everything have to be done at once?

Before you begin treatment, you and Dr. Zubrow will work together to come up with a roadmap for your care. You’ll determine the order of procedures, and space things out according to your personal and financial needs. Every care plan is designed to suit the unique situation of each patient. Dr. Zubrow will show you what is possible for your smile, and help you work out a plan for how it can be achieved.

How do people finance cosmetic dentistry? Is it covered by insurance?

Many cosmetic services are considered elective by insurance companies, and are occasionally not covered. It depends, of course, on the patient and the insurance plan. Dr. Zubrow will work with you and your insurance company to determine exactly what will be covered and what won’t. If necessary, she’ll work with you on determining the best possible payment plan. One option is CareCredit, a company that offers interest-free financing at no additional charge. Dr. Zubrow also offers an in-office payment plan.

Are braces Cosmetic Dentistry?

Dr. Zubrow provides straightening using Invisalign, which can fix crooked teeth and a lot of bite-related problems. Standard braces, or brackets, aren’t offered at Millbrae Smile Center.

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