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Paulo Cortes, DMD
Dentist located in Mira Mesa, San Diego, CA

Cosmetic Dentistry Specialist

Many people look to procedures associated with cosmetic dentistry to brighten and restore their smile. At San Diego Smile Center, Dr. Paulo Cortes and his staff offer state-of-the-art cosmetic dentistry procedures that will restore your smile and brighten your teeth. If you live in or near Mira Mesa in the greater San Diego area, the staff encourage you to call and make an appointment at your earliest convenience.

Cosmetic Dentistry Q & A

When are Cosmetic Procedures Used?

Dr. Cortes uses cosmetic procedures whenever you have a problem with the appearance of your teeth and how they affect your smile; cosmetic procedures beautify and enhance the visual appearance of your teeth. Cosmetic procedures can restore a whiter, brighter smile and even replace missing teeth through the use of partial dentures or implants.

Braces, dental implants san diego, and dentures also work to beautify your teeth, and they make structural changes to your mouth. Because they enhance the appearance of your teeth, many doctors classify them as cosmetic. Cosmetic procedures are also used to cover results of restorative procedures performed to correct damage caused by injuries.

Are Cosmetic Procedures Normally Covered Under Insurance?

Most cosmetic procedures are considered to be elective procedures, meaning they aren’t covered by most types of dental insurance. They are solely used for beautification purposes that have nothing to do with improving or restoring your physical health. However, most cosmetic procedures are affordable and well worth the additional cost when it comes to restoring your smile.

There are instances, however, when insurance can cover a cosmetic procedure. If you have received injuries to your face that have resulted in surgeries or restorative procedures, cosmetic dentistry may be used to help reduce visual scars or abnormalities. When this occurs, the cosmetic procedure becomes part of the care plan and is normally allowed to be covered by your dental insurance.

What Procedures are Considered to be “Cosmetic”?

Cosmetic procedures designed to improve the appearance of your teeth are considered to be “elective,” which means you choose to have them performed. They aren’t required to ensure your good health. The most common cosmetic procedures include:

  • Veneers
  • Inlays/Onlays
  • Teeth whitening
  • Caps
  • Crowns
  • Braces

Dentures and partials may also be considered cosmetic, but they are typically covered under insurance simply because they provide health benefits. The ability to properly chew your food is just one reason they are mostly covered by insurance. Another reason is that they help protect the overall structure of the face by protecting gums from damage.


Our San Diego clinic offers comprehensive solutions for all of your dental needs.

Accepted Insurance Providers

At San Diego Smile Center, our professional dentist in mira mesa is dedicated to our patient’s dental health with affordable payment plans. As a dental practice, we accept a wide variety of insurance providers to ensure that all our patients are covered. Our friendly staff will be able to assist you if your insurance isn’t listed or you have questions.


Dr. Cortes, his wife and his office staff are amazing. They made me feel so comfortable and right at home. They’re positive energy is infectious! Very down to earth.


I have been going to Dr Cortes for over two years and have always been very pleased with there work. Dr Cortes and his Mira Mesa dentist team are very nice and are always making sure you are comfortable at all times

Janie T.

They are a great team. I am assured they want to give the best dental service they possibly can to people. Their enthusiasm and good will is wonderful!


A breath of fresh air for dental offices, Dr Cortes is a true find.. He is not only very meticulous and detail-oriented, but he also shows you what you have.


I am very impressed with the dentist’s knowledge and precision, he works swiftly and makes sure the job is very well done…


I have to say this dental office in San Diego is the most caring office I have ever been to. They are so kind and passionate about his work.


Contact Paulo Cortes, DMD

Contact Dental Implant San Diego or visit us at the location mentioned below.​

10737 Camino Ruiz #120

San Diego, California 92126

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