The cosmetic industry has been on the rise since the late 80’s and it has made several billion dollars in whichever company or private practitioner you will find it. With the latest innovation in technology today we now have an enhanced cosmetic surgery, superficial cosmetic products, orthopedic cosmetology and even cosmetic dentistry. That’s right! Not only can you make corrections of your slight deformities on your body, but get that killer smile too! We are so fortunate these days that even though money can’t buy love, self-esteem and other intangible things, it can sure get you some of life’s bonuses. Not to discourage you from the natural aesthetics of your physical form, but it does indeed pay to have shinny white and beautiful teeth.
There are many kinds of cosmetic dental procedures and among them are:
Teeth Whitening – is a process that uses chemical bleach to brighten/whiten the teeth from plaques, stains and discoloration. They cost between $20 - $80 for over the counter (do it yourself) kits and between $400 - $1,200 for a professional dentist in-office bleaching. There is also a process called “laser teeth whitening” that can deliver the same results without the chemicals.
Veneers – are thin shells that have been designed by your dentist to follow the contours of each of your teeth. They are made from composite materials or precious porcelain and dentist use them to treat some known dental conditions like chipped teeth, discolored teeth, a bit crooked tooth or even to fill spaces caused by tooth decay in between the teeth. Dental veneers cost around $250 to $2,500 per tooth depending on the kind of veneers that you are going to get.
Implants – is a device made out of metal (usually titanium) that are implanted into the jaw bone through a surgical process, in order to serve as anchors for artificial tooth. Dental implants are permanently placed to serve as replacements for your lost tooth.
Crowns – are almost similar to veneers because they treat the same dental deformations, except that they are used for the molars as opposed to veneers, which are used only for the front teeth.
Shaping – if you have deformed teeth the dentist will simply file it down in order to reshape it to its correct figure. This process is called shaping.
Bonding – is a process wherein dentists use materials that have the same color as your teeth in order to repair tooth deformation. Dental bonding costs from $300 to $600 per tooth.
Orthodontic Treatment – helps correct your deformed dental fissures as well as the orientation of your tooth. Dentists use braces, retainers and other orthodontic instruments in order to make your teeth look straighter.
Having a great smile is a worthy investment. You spend a couple of thousand dollars for your dental needs and reap a lifetime of benefits. Now you can influence people by simply smiling at them and that’s self-confidence right out of the blue!