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What are the cosmetic procedures and cost?
Cosmetic dentistry procedures
If your teeth are stained, discolored, worn, chipped, broken, misaligned, misshapen, or have gaps between them, modern cosmetic dentistry can give you a better smile. A “smile makeover” improves the appearance of your smile through one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures. Cosmetic dentists work with you to develop a treatment plan. Below you’ll find some information that can help you learn more about the various types of cosmetic dental procedures available.
Types of Cosmetic Dentistry
Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening can be one of the simplest and least expensive ways to improve your smile. Teeth can be bleached with in-office products in your dentist’s office for about $500, or you can buy a mold and gels from your dentist to bleach your teeth at home. There are also whitening products available over the counter at retail stores for convenient at-home whitening: whitening toothpaste, rinses, and Whitestrips. These products together run about $3 – $50.
Dental Veneers: Dental veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored porcelain or resin that cover the front surface of the teeth. After removing about a half-millimeter of enamel from the tooth surface, these thin shells are bonded (cemented) to the front of the teeth, changing their color, shape, size, or length. Veneers are often called “Hollywood teeth.” Living up to that name, this process can cost up to $500-$1,300 per tooth.
Dental Bonding: In dental bonding, a tooth-colored, putty-like resin, which is a durable plastic material, is applied to the tooth and hardened with an ultraviolet or laser light, bonding the material to the tooth. Your dentist then trims, shapes, and polishes it. Bonding can repair decayed, chipped, cracked, or misshapen teeth; it is also a good cosmetic alternative to, or replacement for, amalgam or silver fillings. Bonding takes about 30 to 60 minutes, and $100 to $400, per tooth.
Dental Implants: Dental implants are titanium replacement tooth roots inserted into the bone socket of the missing tooth. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implanted metal post, anchoring it securely in the jaw and providing a foundation for a replacement tooth. This procedure can cost anywhere from $1,250 to $3,000.
A bridge is made of crowns for the teeth on either side of a gap with false teeth in between. A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth. Dental braces can straighten crooked or misaligned teeth
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Many people say that they cannot see a price list for individual procedures on a clinic’s website but there is often a very good reason for this. Every patient is different when it comes to treatment and the dentist has to take this into account when planning this.
Factors that influence the cost of treatment
And, the cost of treatment depends on the following range of factors:
- The clinic and its facilities: some clinics have a well-established reputation for top quality work and use the very latest technology. They will have one or more top quality dentists who have treated high profile clients.
If you go for a clinic with a ‘name’ then you are going to pay more than at a less well-known place. Location is also a factor. A clinic in an upmarket part of London will charge more than one which is based out of town.
- The dentist: a highly qualified and reputable dentist who is eminent in his/her own field and has many years of experience will charge more than a less experienced colleague.
A specialist dentist will charge more than a general dentist.
- Dental materials: better quality materials will cost more than cheaper ones. For example, a branded dental implant such as Intra-Lock or Nobel Biocare will cost more than a
non-branded or less well-known implant.
An all-porcelain crown costs more than one which is made from a composite of metal alloy and a porcelain shell.
- The extent of treatment: as you can imagine the greater the amount of treatment required the more expensive it will be. So, if you require a full mouth reconstruction then this cost more than a single crown.
If you require treatment where more than one technique is used then this will push up the price.
- Aftercare: many clinics will offer an aftercare service which includes follow up visits to check on your progress and maintenance sessions.
All of these are what determine the cost. When you ask for a quote from a cosmetic dentist then this price should contain a breakdown of the above.
The cost is often the deciding factor for many patients. Some procedures can be eye-wateringly expensive and may deter patients from what can be a very beneficial form of treatment.
Here is a rough guide to treatment costs:
- Dental implants
From £800 up to £3,000 or more (for a single tooth)
- Teeth whitening
From £200 to £1,000 or more
- Dental veneers
From £300 upwards (for a single tooth)
- Dental crowns
From £250 to £2,000 or more (for a single tooth)
- Smile makeover
From £3,000 up to £40,000 (smile reconstruction)
- Dental bridge
From £500 upwards
- Invisalign (braces)
From £3,000 to £6,000
- CEREC restoration
From £380 to £700 per crown