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Dental Care: Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry is a type of dental care specifically for people who want o improve their smile. It includes a variety of dental treatments that help correct teeth, including their alignment, color, enamel, and a variety of other treatments. It helps people without perfect natural teeth to improve their smile one tooth at a time. The costs for cosmetic dentistry varies based on who you go to and what you’re getting done but dental insurance doesn’t typically cover cosmetic dentistry.
Types of Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
A wide variety of treatments and procedures can be performed by a licensed dentist for cosmetic purposes. These include filling cavities with a tooth-colored material, repairing rough spots or chips in the teeth to match other teeth, bleaching the teeth to make them whiter, closing gaps between teeth, reshaping teeth to match others, and covering broken teeth with porcelain crowns.
Cosmetic contouring is a dental procedure where the dentist will use various methods for re-shaping the teeth. This will help all of the teeth to look the same and in perfect alignment with each other and typically involves re-shaping the front six teeth on the top and bottom jaws. The average cost for cosmetic contouring is around $5,000.
Someone who wants esthetic partials will get a porcelain tooth, either one or several in a row. Esthetic partials don’t fill up the entire mouth as dentures would, but fill in gaps of one or two missing teeth in the mouth. They look more like regular teeth as opposed to dentures that are obvious upfront. The average cost for esthetic partials is about $600 per tooth.
Veneers, also called porcelain laminate veneers or porcelain laminates, are porcelain laminate materials added to the front of teeth. This creates a new front surface of the teeth to improve the color, shape and appearance. Many people with stained or dark enameled teeth, such as from coffee, soda or smoking, will get veneers to cover their teeth. The average cost of veneers is around $1,000 or more per tooth.
Decades ago, the only type of fillings available were silver amalgam flings that were a silver color, didn’t last as long as the modern fillings and were unattractive. The newest fillings are white and look just like a natural tooth. They are also sturdier and last longer. Most new fillings done today are white fillings, and people with older silver amalgam fillings can have them replaced with white fillings. The average cost for white fillings is about $200 to $500 per filling.
One of the most common types of cosmetic dentistry procedures is getting a crown put on. These will not only strengthen a tooth but cover any irregularities with a tooth, such as one heavily filled, discolored or misshapen. On average, a crown is $1,000 to $2,000 per tooth.