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Cosmetic Dentistry Grants: Everything You Need To Know

Written by: Jody Adams
Last updated: January 31, 2024

Cosmetic Dentistry Grants (CDG Grants) are free of charge and can offer financial assistance to a range of people, including those from various social backgrounds, to improve their oral health and bring back a beautiful smile through cosmetic dentistry procedures. Obtaining a CDG Grant is a simple process, as it only involves demonstrating that an applicant's mouth is healthy enough to undergo the desired cosmetic treatment plan, making them a suitable candidate for consideration for a CDG Grant.

Upon your request, a Certified Dental Practitioner from your dental clinic in your area will perform a free oral health assessment to evaluate whether you are facing any oral health issues and if you can be a suitable candidate for a cosmetic treatment plan (x-ray charges may apply).

After your oral health assessment, when the dentists have completed all basic dentistry and assume you are a good candidate for cosmetic procedures and tooth implants, they will recommend you for the CDG Program and develop an implant treatment plan.

What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

The term “cosmetic dentistry” describes dental procedures performed to improve a person's oral appearance and function. The Cosmetic Dentistry Grant is available for most cosmetic dental procedures, including those which involve dental surgery, enhancing the appearance of teeth, and offering a path to a confident smile through a variety of treatment options. It does not cover basic dental services, such as cleanings, extractions, root canals, and fillings; these are responsibilities of the individual. Cosmetic dentistry can craft treatment plans personalized to your personal goals, making you a more confident person as it addresses various imperfections in teeth.

However, we would like to point out that the program does not cover basic dental services, such as cleanings, extractions, root canals, and fillings. The applicant will have to pay for them themselves. Cosmetic dentistry can be used to perform several different procedures that suit your needs and preferences.

Dental Implants

As the name implies, a dental implant is a restoration that resembles a tooth or group of teeth anchored to an artificial root that is used in dentistry to replace missing teeth. It is possible to use dental implants to support several dental prostheses, such as crowns, bridges, or dentures, which the implant can support.

This involves inserting a fake tooth into the jaw, offering a foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth. Dental implants are a popular choice in the cosmetic treatment plan for their natural appearance and improved comfort compared to other options.

Whitening & Bleaching

In the world of cosmetic dentistry, the most common procedure is tooth whitening, which is also known as tooth bleaching. Through this process, discolored teeth can be whitened to achieve a beautiful smile. Despite the availability of numerous teeth-whitening products, dental clinic supervised treatments remain the most effective solution.

Veneers

There are two main types of veneer: the very thin porcelain laminates that are made to fit over your teeth and are adhered directly to them. The procedure can also be used for concealing discolored teeth that do not respond well to whitening procedures, as they can close gaps between the teeth.

Lumineers

It is a thin ceramic shield placed over the front of the teeth to improve the appearance of their smile, similar to veneers, and is bonded to the teeth for a brighter smile. Contrary to veneers, Lumineers do not require any modification to the structure of the teeth to be fitted.

Bridges

Essentially, a dental bridge is a false tooth or pontic fused between two porcelain crowns to replace a missing tooth and fill in the gap left by the missing tooth. Each side of the false tooth has two crowns attached to your teeth to hold it in place.

The type of bridge we refer to here is a fixed bridge. There are several reasons why one or more teeth may be missing, but the procedure is used to replace them.

As opposed to removable partial dentures that can be taken out of your mouth, fixed bridges cannot be removed from your mouth. It may be possible to use a cantilever bridge in areas of your mouth where there is less pronounced stress, such as your front teeth, where there is little stress.

Bonding

This procedure also referred to as tooth bonding or cavity filling, is a cosmetic procedure that uses a composite resin to fill cavities in cracked, chipped, decaying, or sometimes discolored teeth using soft composite resin. The same material is used for white fillings.

Molds can be made of resin in any shape and buffed down to any color that matches the teeth to create the perfect composite. After the resin has been hardened with a special light, your smile will look as good as new, and you will be able to smile again!

Contouring & Reshaping

The contouring of teeth is also known as tooth reshaping, which is now an instant procedure in cosmetic dentistry that can be done at home. With dental contouring and reshaping, patients can correct crooked teeth, chipped teeth, cracked teeth, or even overlapping teeth in just one session, depending on the severity of the condition.

Depending on the circumstances, dental contouring may even be able to substitute braces for people needing such a procedure. Some subtle changes are made during the process.

The tooth-colored laminate is fitted over the reduction and is only a few millimeters thick. An orthodontic procedure that alters the length, shape, or position of teeth is known as tooth reshaping or dental contouring.

Gum Lift

An effective way to raise and sculpt the gum line is to perform a gum lift, a cosmetic dental procedure. To produce the appearance of longer or more symmetrical teeth, the procedure involves reshaping the tissue and the underlying bones to achieve the desired results.

Crowns

The crown is an esthetic tooth or dental implant restoration that covers or encircles the tooth or implant in its entirety. It is usually cemented to the tooth via dental cement that adheres to the tooth.

The crown can be made from a variety of materials, which are usually fabricated through indirect methods using a variety of techniques. Choosing a crown is a good option to improve your teeth' strength or appearance.

Invisalign®

Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign® is a series of clear, removable teeth aligners that orthodontists and dentists wear to treat orthodontic issues.

Dentures

A denture is a removable appliance that is used to replace missing teeth, which in turn helps restore your smile. Replacing missing teeth will increase your appearance and health if you have been affected by gum disease, tooth decay, or an accident that has caused you to lose all of your natural teeth.

Many studies have demonstrated that having dentures can make it easier to eat and speak than without them - things that many people take for granted. You may look older if you lose all your teeth because your facial muscles may sag and sag, causing your face to sag. If you are looking for a way to fill out your face and profile, dentures can help you do that.

As a result, you will be able to maintain the appearance of your natural teeth since they can be made to look as close as possible to your teeth. You may even be able to improve the appearance of your smile with dentures.

All On Four & All On Six Dental Implants

Replacement of missing teeth on the upper or lower arches of the mouth is possible with all-on-four or all-on-six dental implants.

Eligibility

Understanding the eligibility requirements is crucial. Low-income people, individuals from various socio-economic backgrounds, and those struggling with medical bills can apply. All applicants must complete an application form. Government dental programs including dental grants programs and federal grants can be a source of support, facilitating access to affordable treatments through federal government grants and potentially even implant grants or cosmetic grants.

It is open to all individuals at least 18 years of age as of the date of their application. A resident of the fifty states of America must be a legal applicant for the scholarship. Cosmetic dental procedures require multiple appointments and follow-up maintenance to ensure a probability of success. Therefore, applications will be distributed only to participating dental offices within 60 miles of the applicant.

The grant recipient will require a third-party liability/claims release and a publicity release if they wish to receive a grant. Awarded funds can be forfeited if the affidavit is not signed and returned to the committee within 30 days of notification to the recipient.

The CDG program reserves the right to award cosmetic dental grants to minors, at our sole discretion, in the name of their parent or legal guardian if a grant is awarded to a minor. The recipient agrees that any name, title, grant information, or any other information related to the grant may be used by the recipient for promotional purposes within any medium without additional compensation to the extent it is allowed by law. The minor's parent or legal guardian must consent to any use of the information concerning the minor before the use can occur.

Ineligibility

Cosmetic Dentistry Grant applicants may not be eligible if they are actively and currently engaged in reconstructive dentistry, such as bone augmentation, implant placement, and prosthetic (finishing) phases (placement of crowns, bridges, or implants supported dentures).

For cosmetic dentistry treatments already completed or about to be completed, applicants cannot apply for CDG funding to settle prior payments or due payments.

Complimentary Assessment

The CDG program provides free assessments to applicants without insurance within two weeks of their acceptance into the program if they are not insured. An applicant who has scheduled an assessment must give the dental office 48 hours notice if they wish to reschedule the appointment. It is possible for a dentist, acting solely at their discretion, to charge an assessment fee if the applicant fails to meet the conditions for gaining a free oral health assessment.

Selection of Grant Recipients

Qualified applicants are expected to receive notification of their acceptance and the terms and conditions for redeeming their grant awards via email and regular mail, whichever they prefer.

Awards

As a result of the organization's sole discretion, cosmetic dentistry grants are made in the following circumstances. Each eligible applicant receives a partial grant towards their cosmetic dental treatment per capita and percentile, distributed proportionately according to their pool number, recommended treatment plan value, and the number of proceeds available.

What Are The Qualifying Criteria I Must Satisfy To Obtain A Grant?

The Cosmetic Dentistry Grant is open to anyone who meets the eligibility criteria. However, you may need to prove you have the financial ability and proper insurance coverage to pay for certain costs that are not covered by the grant. Please get in touch with a CDG representative for more information.

One of the most prevalent concerns among adults is the health of their teeth, which is something they pay close attention to. The high cost of dental care makes it difficult for them to afford it. If your organization does not cover dental insurance, you can find low-income dental grants to help cover your dental expenses.

Some people, particularly adults, have neglected the health of their teeth due to their lack of time and money. Some private and public organizations have recognized the importance of proper dental care and have provided low-income dental grants to help those in need who are struggling financially.

Are you interested in learning more about different grants and programs that can help you with your living situation? Check out the rest of Gov Relations' blog section today!

Jody Adams
Jody Adams is an accomplished editor-in-chief with a deep understanding of social care and government benefits issues. With a background in journalism and a master's degree in Public Policy, Jody has spent her career shaping the narrative around social policies and their impact on society. She has worked with renowned publications, effectively bridging the gap between complex policy analysis and public understanding. Jody's editorial expertise ensures that vital information on social care and government benefits reaches a broad audience, empowering individuals to make informed decisions.
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