Having a straight, bright, white smile is something almost all people hope to have. While perfectly straight and vibrant teeth used to be reserved for the rich and famous, modern advances in cosmetic dentistry have made a perfect smile more attainable to the masses. This is particularly true for cosmetic procedures that also double as restorative treatments—such as dental implants—as patients can often get some help from their dental insurance in covering the cost. If you’re considering having work done to your teeth, you may be curious about the cost of various forms of fix ups. To learn a bit more about some different treatment options and their projected (pre-insurance) prices, look no further!
Veneers are incredibly thin, custom made shells of porcelain or resin that are placed over each individual tooth to change its shape, size, color, and orientation. These shells are bonded to the front of teeth and are a permanent solution to your smile. Popular with the rich and famous, veneers can cost between $500 and $1,300 for each individual tooth.
If you are happy with the size and shape of your teeth, simply whitening them up a few shades may provide the confidence boost you need! Whitening options range from in office treatments performed by your dentist to at home whitening strips or gels. Having your dentist perform a whitening treatment will provide much greater results, but these procedures can cost up to $500. Alternatively, store-bought products range in price from about $5 to $40, but don’t offer the same long-lasting results.
Dental implants entirely replace missing teeth. A titanium rod is secured into the jaw, serving as a solid base for a replacement tooth to be anchored to. Having dental implants placed can be quite costly and generally ranges from $1,200 to $3,000 depending on how many implants need to be placed and how strong the jaw is. However, dental insurance will often help to cover this cost, as this is often considered a restorative treatment.
A dental crown can help to strengthen and reinforce a tooth that is cracked, decayed, or otherwise damaged. Also called a dental cap, crowns are formed to fit entirely over what is left of the damaged tooth and still above the gum line. While they can be used to repair damaged teeth, they can also be placed over teeth that are misshapen or severely discolored to provide a more desired appearance. Made from resin, metal, ceramic, or porcelain fused to metal, they typically cost $500 to $900 each. If you’re interested in the procedure, though, your dental insurance will often help to reduce some of these expenses.
Dental bonding is a great option for many individuals on a moderate budget. During this process, a tooth colored resin is applied over teeth that are damaged or discolored and then hardened with an ultraviolet light or laser, causing the material to bond to the surface of the tooth. Once bonded, your dentist will polish, shape, and trim the material to its desired appearance. Bonding can help to improve the appearance of decayed, chipped, misshapen, or cracked teeth and is an alternative to silver or amalgam fillings. Quicker and cheaper than many alternatives, bonding typically costs between $100 and $400 a tooth and can be done in less than an hour!
There are cosmetic options for almost any budget and your dentist can help point you in the direction of a solution that’s best for you!
To schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation, give us a call at Manus Dental in Yorkville, Lake Zurich, or Hyde Park today!