Cosmetic dentistry is a branch of certified dentistry that focuses on the aesthetics and appearance of a patient's mouth and oral health. Basically, cosmetic dentistry involves procedures like filling in a gap or teeth whitening. This article will look at some of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures that are seen today.
Whitening: Also known as “bleaching,” attempts to whiten and brighten the teeth. Despite the number of over-the-counter treatments currently available, dentist-supervised procedures, like laser treatments are still a better choice.
Enamel Shaping: Simply referred to as “contouring & reshaping” or by more technical terms like “odontoplasty.” Enamel shaping involves removeing part of a tooth's enamel in order to reshape it. If the tooth is chipped, cracked or has a jagged bottom, this can be an effective option.
Bonding: Another practice for cracked teeth. Bonding uses an enamel-like composite that is used as a filler for the teeth. It is applied to a tooth and then hardened and polished into shape.
Veneers: Veneers are thin porecelin laminates that are made from a mold of each tooth. They are fitted and then bonded to the teeth to cover up gaps or badly discolored teeth.
Bridges: Bridges are used to replace missing teeth. A bridge is a link between any missing spaces. Unlike dentures, bridges can not be removed.
Most cosmetic dentists charge less than $100 for teeth whitening. When whitening and all other preliminary work is completed, dentists can use porcelain veneers to align the teeth. Depending on where you live, the cost for this procedure varies from $975 to $2200 per vaneer. If a tooth is not sturdy enough to hold a veneer, porcelain crowns are usually applied.
Tooth bleaching is the first step to establishing the whitest natural shade. Most patients tend to prefer this result over their natural teeth. The charge ranges from $400 to $650. The price of tooth contouring is between $100 and $1,500. Cosmetic dental costs tend to increase with the number of cosmetic dental procedures performed.
Some patients will opt to select full or limited orthodontics or conventional braces. The cost of this varies between $4,000 and $8,000. The cost of white fillings for back teeth depends on the number of surfaces covered by the fillings. For a one-surface filling, costs range from $150 and $250. For two, it is between $200 and $400. For three surfaces, the cost will be between $250 and $500. The price for bonding a front tooth varies from $300 to $1600. The price for invis-align braces varies from $5000 to $7700 for a complete set.