Having a beautiful and healthy smile is an important part of boosting your confidence and overall self-esteem. If you would like a beautiful smile, there are a variety of dental cosmetic procedures that help you achieve it. The following will give you an idea of the different procedures you can use to improve your overall appearance.
What Are Cosmetic Dental Procedures?
This type of procedure is anything that can approve your overall dental appearance. It can range from whitening procedures to braces to veneers. These procedures can be used help with a wide range of issues like crooked teeth, discoloration, gaps, and more. If you feel that you are in need of a cosmetic procedure, it is important to see a qualified professional for an evaluation. Your dentist or orthodontist will be able to outline a plan to fit your individual needs.
Types Of Cosmetic Dentistry
There are many types of cosmetic dentistry procedures. The following are the most common:
This the most requested cosmetic procedure. It can be done either at home or in the dental office. The dentist can use a variety of whitening procedures to lighten your teeth several shades and give you a brighter smile. If you do it at home, your dentist will give you instructions on how to use the products for best results.
These custom-made thin coverings are placed over your teeth. They can address several issues like crooked, chipped, or damaged teeth. They can also cover gaps in between your teeth.
This procedure can enhance your smile by applying a tooth-colored resin to change the shape of your tooth or even repair chips. The best thing about bonding is it is reversable unlike veneers.
Braces have come a long way. In the beginning, the only choice was metal. But now, you can get clear braces and aligners to straighten your teeth. In most cases, you will be able to achieve the smile you want after wearing them for a few months.
Pros And Cons Of Cosmetic Dentistry
While there are many positives to getting cosmetic dental procedures, there are also some drawbacks. Cosmetic dentistry can fix a number of issues associated with the improvement of your smile such as straighter and whiter teeth, better tooth function, and even issues with the jawline.
However, individuals must realize that cosmetic surgery is not cheap. And in most cases, dental insurance will not cover anything that is deemed “cosmetic.” The cost for whitening treatments can run anywhere from $100 to $500. Veneers are quite expensive and can range anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000 per tooth. Other treatments can also bust your pocketbook. And what if you need multiple procedures? All of these things must be taken into consideration. If you are in need, speak with a qualified professional about possibly financing your treatments or setting up a payment plan.
Dr. Harleen Grewal, DDS, brings years of experience and exceptional chairside manner to Skyline Smiles in Santa Clarita, CA. A dean's list graduate of USC, she holds a specialty certificate in pediatric dentistry from Lutheran Medical Center. Dr. Harleen's dedication extends beyond her practice, as she volunteers at the USC Mobile Clinic and is a proud member of the ADA and AAPD.