Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that enhances the appearance of teeth, gums and/or bites. It essentially focuses on improvement in dental aesthetics in color, position, shape, size, alignment and overall smile look.
Types of Cosmetic Dentistry
Teeth whitening can be one of the easiest and least expensive ways to enhance one’s smile. Teeth can be whitened with in-office products in every dentist’s office for about $500, or an individual can buy a mold and gels from dentist to whiten the teeth at home. There are also whitening products accessible over the counter at retail stores for available at-home whitening: whitening toothpaste, rinses, and Whitestrips.
Dental veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored porcelain or gum that cover the front exterior of the teeth. After removing about a half-millimeter of paint from the tooth surface, these thin shells are bonded (cemented) to the front of the teeth, improving their color, shape, size, or length. Veneers are usually called “Hollywood teeth.” Living up to that name, this method can cost up to $500-$1,300 per tooth.
In dental bonding, a tooth-colored, putty-like resin, which is a strong plastic material, is used to the tooth and cemented with an ultraviolet or laser light, bonding the material to the tooth. The dentist then cuts shapes and finishes it. Bonding can repair faded, scratched, cracked, or deformed teeth; it is also a good cosmetic choice to, or replacement for, amalgam or silver layers. Bonding takes about 30 to 60 minutes, and $100 to $400, per tooth.
A dental crown, also called a cover, fits over and restores the entire decayed or damaged tooth above the gum line, rebuilding its shape, size, strength, and character. Crowns keep a small tooth from breaking or hold a cracked tooth together; they can be done cosmetically to cover misshapen or seriously discolored teeth. Crowns can be formed from metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, resin, or ceramic, and cost about $500 to $900 each.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and Onlays also called secondary fillings, are made from gold, porcelain, or composite materials and fill spoiled or damaged teeth. Dental fillings are made into place during an office visit; however, inlays and onlays are performed in a dental laboratory and bonded into place by the dentist. The filling is called an “inlay” when the material is bonded within the center of a tooth; it is called an “Onlay” when the filling involves one or more points of the tooth or includes the biting surface. Inlays and onlays can as much healthy tooth as potential and are an option to crowns. This cosmetic dentistry scheme costs about $650 to $1,200 per tooth.
Dental implants are titanium replacement tooth roots embedded into the bone socket of the missing tooth. As the jawbone sets, it gets around the implanted metal post, tying it securely in the jaw and providing a foundation for a replacement tooth. This system can cost anywhere from $1,250 to $3,000.