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How Much Does Cosmetic Dentistry Cost?
There are a variety of different issues that people have with the way that their teeth look. You may feel that your teeth aren’t white enough, or aren’t as straight as they could be. You also may have a crack or chip in your tooth that you would like covered up. If you have changes that
you would like to make the way your teeth look, you may be a candidate for cosmetic dentistry.
Defining Cosmetic Dentistry
Put simply, cosmetic dentistry is any dental procedure that helps with the aesthetic appearance of a patient’s teeth. This includes everything from the color and shade of their teeth, to the actual alignment. When considering cosmetic dentistry, it’s important to consider the cost of cosmetic dentistry.
Procedures and the Cost of Cosmetic Dentistry
There a variety of dental procedures that are considered “cosmetic.” Some of the most popular cosmetic procedures, and the costs of cosmetic dentistry, are listed below:
Veneers are prosthetics that cover the front surface of the tooth—helping to resolve cracks, chips, coloring and other issues involving the front of the tooth. These are not to be confused with dental crowns, which cover the entire crown of the tooth.
The cost of veneers varies, but are often around $1,000 to $1,200 per tooth.
Teeth whitening is an extremely popular cosmetic procedure, as many patients find that their teeth aren’t as white as they used to be, or as they would like them to be. This may be due to stains caused by cigarette smoking, tea, coffee or other sources. Whatever the reason behind the discoloration may be, teeth whitening may be a solution to the issue.
There are two options for teeth whitening—at-home and in-office. In-office is a little more expensive—generally around $350. At-home is a bit more affordable, at $250 on average.
A tooth implant is an excellent option for a tooth replacement. They are also a procedure that has more than cosmetic benefits. Tooth implants help with overall oral health, by protecting the mouth from gum disease, tooth decay, tooth migration, jaw bone loss and other issues that are associated with a missing tooth.
The implant process involves installing a titanium rod into the jawbone, then attaching a false tooth via an abutment. Because of this, a healthy jawbone is needed for the procedure.
Implants may cost as much as $1,700 to $1,800 per tooth for the implants alone. Keep in mind the cost will vary considerably depending on what you choose to restore them with.
Invisalign is an excellent alternative to traditional braces. They are a clear plastic, making them difficult to notice. They are also removeable—meaning the wearer can take them off to eat, brush their teeth and so on.
Invisalign can be a bit expensive, often starting at $2,800- $3200. Still, because they are braces, your insurance may cover at least part of the cost of Invisalign.
Tooth bonding is similar to veneers in that it helps to cover cosmetic issues such as chips and cracks. Unlike veneers, bonding involves applying a resin to the tooth—covering up any damage. These often cost $175 to $400 per tooth.
Speaking with Your Dentist about the Cost of Cosmetic Dentistry
If you have a cosmetic issue that you would like resolved, speak with your dentist about your options, and the cost of cosmetic dentistry.
Contact Meadowdale Dental Clinic
We offer a variety of Preventative, Restorative, and Cosmetic Dental Procedures focusing on long term relationships built on trust. Contact Meadowdale Dental today at (425) 742-9609 or contact us via our contact form.
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