Far from being “just” cosmetic, having cosmetic dentistry treatment can make a positive difference in your life from being able to speak more clearly to cleaning and take care of your teeth more easily, you will most likely be happy with your results. Cost is a concern but the overall value of resolving whatever problems you have is usually well worth the effort.
A common cosmetic dental treatment is getting your smile improved with veneers. The veneer covers the front of your tooth when you need a change in color, size, length, or shape of a tooth. Many people get multiple veneers to improve their smile while a lot of people just want or need one or two. Veneers can solve multiple problems addressing color and the size or shape of the tooth with one convenient and long lasting solution. Veneers can cost as little as $250 all the way up to $2,500 depending on the type you choose. Some last 7 years whereas others can last as many as 15 years.
Teeth whitening is among the most popular cosmetic dental treatments because it is affordable for many people and the results can be quickly seen with your first in office treatment but you will need multiple treatments to see the best results. If you have yellow teeth, in office whitening is the best option. Your dentist may recommend maintaining your white smile with certain toothpastes and rinses to keep your smile white as stains start to occur once you begin eating and drinking no matter what whitening method you choose.
Dental implants are seen by some as unnecessary but this is another treatment that makes a difference in your health despite being considered cosmetic. By replacing missing teeth with implants, you regain a physical structure in your mouth that contributes to keeping the rest of your teeth aligned and in place while it supports your facial structure. Some people’s teeth shift dramatically impacting their ability to speak, eat/chew, and clean their mouth and teeth properly. Missing one tooth can actually lead to poor dental health for some people and even more missing teeth. Implants improve your smile and much more. Dental implants will last about 25 years and prices range between $1,500 and $6,000 per tooth.
Invisible braces are another cosmetic treatment that is useful and beautifying. The importance of well aligned teeth cannot be overstated. Well aligned teeth are far easier to keep clean and your dental health plays a role in your overall health. If your teeth need to be straighter, invisible braces can help without you having to have a mouth full of metal. Some people see a significant difference in a few months while others may need longer treatment to see their best results. The cost of invisible braces is anywhere from $3,500 to $8,000.
Dental crowns or caps will help you keep a damaged tooth rather than have to remove it. The crown is both cosmetic but also functional, preserving your smile and an important dental structure. A crown will last anywhere from 10 to 15 years before it needs to be replaced. Porcelain crowns look more natural but composite crowns are more durable for the rear teeth that get the most use. Your dentist will recommend something that will do the job well and the cost is about $1,000 to $3,500 per tooth.