Are your teeth severely stained or discoloured? Are they too crooked? Are they too chipped? Or do you have a bad breath? You may need cosmetic dentistry.
Most people are so conscious of their smile and teeth. In fact, a person’s teeth are often the first thing that is noticed. And a nice smile makes a better and lasting first impression. How your teeth and smile looks plays a vital role in your self-confidence and how you think other people perceive you.
But if you think your teeth are severely discoloured, too chipped or crooked, you may not be confident enough to show off your smile. Fortunately for you, there are several different affordable cosmetic dentistry options that can help improve the look of your teeth, your smile, and subsequently boost your self-confidence. These option will help you to correct any issue with your teeth at an affordable cost.
If you’re eager to show off your pearly white teeth to everyone you meet, here are some very affordable cosmetic dentistry options that you can choose from:
Tooth Contouring and Reshaping
This cosmetic dentistry option will help you fix your misshapen or chipped tooth. Tooth contouring and reshaping procedure is a fast, very affordable, and painless cosmetic dentistry procedure that can help to improve how your teeth and smile. During this procedure, your dentist would use special tools to smooth out chips and ridges, chips, or to reshape parts of your tooth. As long as you don’t have any major dental issue like broken teeth and dental cavities. This option will give you a more even, smoother, and better smile. For a tooth contouring or reshaping, you may likely pay about $50, though a more complex contouring and reshaping procedure may cost you up to about $300.
Composite Dental Bonding
This cosmetic dentistry option fixes bite alignment, misalign teeth, tooth discoloration, chipping, gaps, bad breath, tooth decay, etc. Composite dental bonding is also referred to as composite veneers. It helps to improve the strength of your teeth, fill up unnecessary gaps, and rebuild tooth structure. During this procedure, your dentist would attach a tooth-coloured resin to the affected tooth, reshape it to the desired shape, and then cure it with a special light. Dental bonding is very useful for treating chipped and cracked teeth, though it can handle other minor dental issues as well. Composite dental bonding is quick and painless. For the composite dental bonding, you are expected to pay about $100 to $400 per tooth. This, however, depends on the size of the affected area and the complexity of the bonding procedure.
Dental crowns fix bite alignment, cracks, chips, bad breath, and dental decay. Dental crown procedure requires multiple visits to the Dental office – about 2 to 3 weeks. More so, dental crowns require a dental mould and temporary restoration. This treatment follows a procedure that is similar to that of dental bonding. Aside from improving the look and quality of your teeth, dental crowns can also give your teeth their functional strength. Dental crowns treatment involves placing a dental cap “crown” on the entire affected tooth.
Inlays and Onlays
These are very similar to dental crowns and can help you fix minor dental damages, bad breath, and dental decay. Just like in dental crowns, inlays and onlays use tooth-coloured dental material to repair and strengthen your teeth. They are custom-fit for your teeth and, therefore, require a mould and multiple dental visits. This cosmetic dentistry treatment can be used as an affordable alternative to porcelain veneers, dental bridges, and dental implants.
This cosmetic dentistry option focuses mainly on treating teeth that are severely stained or discoloured. There are basically two options for teeth whitening: the in-office teeth whitening procedure and the take-home trays teeth whitening procedure. However, the in-office procedure is more expensive than the take-home tray but offer more effective and lasting result – on the average, it costs $650. The take-home trays cost from about $100 to $400. Teeth whitening will help to remove stains and discoloration as well as prevent further staining and discoloration for a longer period of time than the over-the-counter whitening kits. This cosmetic option usually relies on the use of bleach – Hydrogen Peroxide – to eliminate stains from your teeth.
A retainer fixes misaligned teeth. Not every patient with misaligned or crooked teeth needs to receive braces. A retainer can also be effective in such a case. Typically, a retainer will help to keep your teeth from moving out of position. If you have a small gap in-between your teeth or you have a bite misalignment, you may need to get a retainer instead of braces. A retainer typically costs about $500 to $1,000.
The list is inexhaustible. Here are other popular but slightly more expensive cosmetic dentistry options:
- Clear Aligners: Not everybody like the sight of the metal braces on their teeth, even those who need orthodontic treatments. This led to the formation of clear aligners. Clear aligners are clear plastic trays that are placed over your teeth to help straighten them and set them back into place. This option fixes bite alignment, crooked teeth, and gaps. Clear aligners are better alternative to metal braces though more expensive than a retainer. This is because clear aligners are more effective than retainers for correcting crooked or misaligned teeth. Examples of clear aligners include Invisalign®, Clear Aligner, Six on Smile, etc.
- Porcelain veneers: this option fix misshapen or crooked teeth, chipping, cavities, and staining
- Dental bridges: useful for filling missing teeth
- Dental implants: a very good option for fixing missing, extracted, or broken teeth.
- Gum surgery: this option helps to adjust the height and shape of your teeth and also fits your gums.
These are the affordable cosmetic dentistry options. If you have an insurance plan, your insurance company may cover some of these cosmetic dentistry procedures, depending on your need and reason for treatment. This will further make the cosmetic procedures more affordable for you.
However, the best and most affordable dental treatment is taking good care of your teeth and observing a routine proper oral hygiene. This will save your wallet by preventing the need for additional costly dental procedure.
Are you unhappy with your smile? Probably you have lost your self-confidence. You don’t have to live with it! Schedule an appointment with us today to learn more about how you can fix your smile.