What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

If you are not happy with your smile because your teeth are stained, discolored, worn, chipped, broken, misaligned, misshapen, or have gaps between them, modern cosmetic dentistry can help. A “smile makeover” improves the appearance of your smile through one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures. Cosmetic dentists work with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your specific needs and goals.

Types of Cosmetic Dentistry

Teeth Whitening

If you are not happy with your smile because your teeth are stained, discolored, worn, chipped, broken, misaligned, misshapen, or have gaps between them, modern cosmetic dentistry can help. A “smile makeover” improves the appearance of your smile through one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures. Cosmetic dentists work with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your specific needs and goals.

Dental veneers

Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain or resin, custom-made to fit over the front surface of the teeth. This procedure involves removing a small amount of enamel from the tooth surface before bonding the shell to the front of the tooth. Veneers can change the color, shape, size or length of the teeth and are often referred to as “Hollywood teeth” due to their celebrity status. This procedure can cost up to $1,300 per tooth.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a process where a tooth-colored resin is applied to a tooth and hardened with an ultraviolet or laser light. This bonds the material to the tooth and can repair decayed, chipped, cracked, or misshapen teeth. It is also a good cosmetic alternative to, or replacement for, amalgam or silver fillings. Bonding takes about 30 to 60 minutes, and $100 to $400, per tooth.

Dental crown

A dental crown is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth. They are typically made from porcelain, ceramic or metal materials.

Inlays and Onlays

An inlay filling is when a material is used to fill the center of a tooth, and an onlay is when the filling covers one or more points of the tooth. Inlays and onlays are used to preserve as much of the healthy tooth as possible and are an alternative to crowns. This procedure usually costs around $650 to $1,200 per tooth.

Dental implants

Dental implants are metal posts that are inserted into the bone socket of a missing tooth. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implanted metal post, anchoring it securely in the jaw. This provides a foundation for a replacement tooth. This procedure can cost from $1,250 to $3,000.

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