Cosmetic Dentistry: Different Types and Costs
If you have a gap between your teeth or if they are worn, chipped, broken, misaligned, stained, or misshapen, you would be happy to know modern cosmetic dentistry can easily fix them. Digital smile design and smile makeover can also help improve the appearance of your smile through one or more procedures.
Rockingham Dental Centre can fix your teeth and get that enviable smile you have always wanted, below are some of the different types of cosmetic procedures and their approximate costs:
Different Types of Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures and Their Costs
Teeth whitening is one of the simplest and least expensive ways to enhance your smile. You have the option to have your teeth bleached using in-office products for around $1000. You can also purchase whitening gels and custom trays from your dentist so you can bleach yourself at home. This will cost around $500.
Dental veneers are custom-made and wafer-thin shells of tooth-colored resin or porcelain that are designed to cover the front surface of the teeth. About a half millimeter of enamel is removed from the tooth surface.
The dental veneers are then cemented (bonded) to the front of the teeth. Veneers are also referred to as “Hollywood teeth.” The process can be quite expensive, with costs ranging from $500 – $1300 per tooth.
In dental bonding, a putty-like, tooth-colored resin is applied to the tooth. It is then hardened using laser or ultraviolet light so the material bonds to the tooth. From there, your dentist will shape, polish, and trim the resin.
Bonding is often the option for those with cracked, misshapen, decayed, and chipped teeth. Dental bonding is also considered a good alternative for silver or amalgam fillings. The procedure can cost around $300-1000 per tooth.
Also known as a cap, a dental crown is designed to fit over and replace the entire damaged or decayed tooth above the gum line and restore its size, strength, shape, and appearance. Crowns are also used to keep a weak tooth from breaking. It can also be used to hold a cracked tooth together.
Dental crowns are also used cosmetically to cover severely discolored or misshapen teeth. Dental crowns can be made from porcelain-fused-to-metal, metal, gold, resin, or ceramic. Dental crowns can cost around $900-2500 each.
Dental implants are titanium replacement tooth roots that are inserted into the missing tooth’s bone socket. As soon as the jawbone heals, it grows around the implanted metal post and anchors it securely into the jaw. It provides a foundation for the replacement tooth. The dental implant procedure cost can range from $1,250 to $6,000 per tooth.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are also commonly known as indirect fillings. They are made from porcelain, gold, and other composite materials. Dental fillings are molded into place directly in the mouth. However, inlays and onlays are created in a dental laboratory. They are bonded into place by a dentist.
The filling is called an “inlay” when the material used is bonded within the tooth’s center. On the other hand, an “onlay” is when the filling includes one or more walls of the tooth or covers the biting surface. Inlays and onlays can preserve as many healthy teeth as possible. It is also considered a good alternative to crowns. This procedure can cost around $900 to $2,000 per tooth.