September 12, 2012

Different Ways That a Cosmetic Dentist Can Improve Your Smile

If you're someone who is not a big fan of going to the dentist, you're certainly not alone. It's not always the most comfortable position to be in: On your back, with tools going in and out of your mouth and sometimes tugs and sounds that are a bit unexpected and, pardon the pun, unnerving. Yet, on the other hand, if you've ever had a toothache or tooth infection before, can there possibly be anything worse? Suddenly, your dentist becomes your best friend because s/he knows just what to do to make the pain go away.


The same goes for your cosmetic issues. If you've been looking into the mirror for a while now and you haven't been the happiest about the reflection that is looking back at you due to the overcrowding or gaps or yellowing or an overbite or any other kind of "flaw" with your teeth, then a cosmetic dentist is just who you need to see. They have all kinds of ways to get your smile into perfect shape.

Cosmetic Dentists Are Good For...

Whitening your teeth. After months (and for some of us, years) of eating and drinking (especially coffee, wine and tea), our teeth can tend to get an "overcast" of yellow on them. And when our teeth are dingy, it takes the focus off of our smile, no matter how straight our teeth may be. A professional whitening will usually run you somewhere between $500-600. If you want to go the laser route, it can be taken care of in one visit for the price of about $1,000.

Giving you braces. A traditional way to straighten your teeth is to get braces placed upon them. There are the traditional wire kind, but there are also "upgrades" such as Invisalign (the plastic removable braces) and even ones that are made from "invisible ceramic". Be prepared to have at least $3,500 in your pocket in order to get any of these and also be open to possibly needing to undergo a wisdom tooth removal (or two) first as well.

Designing you some veneers. If you have teeth that are extremely decayed or damaged, then you might want to consider getting some veneers. Basically, they are customized porcelain or plastic moldings that are placed over your actual teeth. They can last for up to 10-15 years and so for between $600-2,500 per tooth it can worth the effort and investment.

Adding a crown. Typically, after a root canal, a cosmetic dentist will give you what is called a crown. It's a porcelain covering that is used to protect whatever is left of your original tooth following the extensive procedure. The cost for one of these is somewhere between $500-3,500 each.

Providing you with dental implants. When it comes to cosmetic dental procedures, it doesn't really get much more expensive than having a dental implant done. This is the route to take if your teeth are severely damaged or you have a few that are missing. If you elect to have this process done, basically a maxillofacial surgeon comes in and literally implants a metal post into your jaw where the "new tooth" is going to go and then a porcelain crown is placed on top of it. An implant is typically between $1,200-3,500, but keep in mind that they may also need to reset your jaw line or lift up your sinus cavity before doing the implant.

As you can see, a cosmetic dentist can work miracles. However, in all of these cases, it's wise to have a consultation meeting with a cosmetic dentist (one that came referred and as good reviews) first so that you can decide what steps need to be taken to get the most optimal results. After all, you want to leave their office grinning on the inside and smiling on the outside.

(Guest Post by Carol)

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