Cosmetic dentistry is a broad category covering any treatment that improves the aesthetics of your smile. If teeth have become stained or chipped, or are naturally misaligned causing crowding or gapping, then there are procedures within cosmetic dentistry to re-make the smile. Cosmetic dentistry allows the patient to have a more decisive role in treatments and procedures.
The doctors and the oral healthcare professionals at Cornerstone Dentistry, located near you in Sugar Land, want to educate their patients, current and new, on the treatments and procedures within cosmetic dentistry for consideration.
This article will list, discuss and offer general pricing for the common procedures within cosmetic dentistry.
Teeth whitening can be the least expensive, but with the greatest effect, of the cosmetic treatments. Whitening treatments performed in the dentist’s office can cost as much as $500. A patient may be given an option to purchase the trays and the gels from the dentist for at-home treatments for less than one-half the cost of an in-office treatment.
Any over-the-counter whitening treatments, while being the least expensive, should be discussed with your dentist to be sure of safety and effectiveness.
Dental veneers are custom-made, wafer-thin shells of tooth-colored porcelain that cover the front surfaces of teeth. Before the veneer is cemented to a tooth’s surface, some of the enamel is removed. Veneers can change the color, the shape, the length or the size of teeth.
This treatment is also known as the “Hollywood treatment” meaning it is expensive. A veneer can range from $500-$1,300 per tooth.
Bonding is a tooth-colored putty made of resin that is applied to a tooth and hardened by an ultra-violet lamp. The dentist then trims, shapes and polishes the bonding material. Bonding can repair and reshape teeth damaged from decay, chipping or cracking. This procedure can take from 30-60 minutes at a cost of $100-$400 per tooth.
A dental crown, or a cap, fits over and replaces the entire tooth above the gumline. A crown can restore a tooth’s shape or change its size, strength, and appearance. Crowns can be fabricated from metal, porcelain-and-metal, resin or ceramic at prices ranging from $500-$900 per tooth.
Inlays and onlays, also called indirect fillings, are made from gold, porcelain or composite materials to fill decayed or damaged teeth. These fillings are molded into place at the dentist’s office, but inlays and onlays are created in a dental laboratory.
The filling is called an “inlay” when the material is bonded within the center of a tooth. The filling is an “onlay” when the material includes one or more points of the tooth or covers the biting surface.
Inlays and onlays preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible and can be a good alternative to crowns. This procedure can cost between $650-$1,200 per tooth.
Implants are the titanium rods that replace a tooth’s root below the gumline. The rod is inserted into the bone socket of a missing tooth. As the jaw heals, the bone will grow around the rod to anchor it. This rod becomes the foundation for the replacement tooth.
This procedure can cost between $1,250-$3,000 per tooth.
Other options within cosmetic dentistry include bridges to fill in gaps created from missing teeth to full, removable dentures. Traditional braces or clear aligners also fall within the category of cosmetic dentistry.
If you would like a consultation on the procedures within cosmetic dentistry, then please contact the oral healthcare professionals at Cornerstone Dentistry, located in Sugar Land, where new patients are always welcome.
Cornerstone Dentistry is trusted and highly recommended for treatments and procedures in cosmetic dentistry.