We smile in pictures, we smile when we’re happy, and we smile to greet one another. A smile is the first way we present ourselves to the world, expressing joy, health, and confidence, all in one first impression. If you’ve ever felt like your smile could look better though, cosmetic dentistry could help.

What is Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is dentistry that works to create a positive change to your teeth and to your smile. Improving your smile can have dramatic results on your overall appearance, boosting your confidence, self-esteem, and even making you want to smile more.

Over time, your teeth can begin to yellow, move out of alignment, chip and crack, or the enamel can wear down. Instead of hiding your smile or avoiding showing teeth altogether , maybe it’s time you explored the treatment options of cosmetic dentistry.

There are a variety of procedures available that can be tailored and combined to tackle your needs. Treatments such as bleaching, reshaping gums, or implants can cause dramatic transformations, all at a surprisingly affordable price tag. Depending on your wants and needs, the cost of cosmetic dentistry depends on a number of factors including what you want to improve, the dentist performing the procedure, and the materials used. Here is a list of four of the most common treatment types and a quick glimpse at how much it may cost you.

Fixing Tooth Damage

Dental Veneers can help with worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment, abnormal spacing, or chips and cracks in your teeth. These veneers are often made from composite resin (a tooth-coloring filling material) or porcelain. Veneers are placed over the front of the tooth to recreate the look of natural teeth. Traditional porcelain veneers can last 10 to 15 years while composite veneers, in comparison, may last 5 to 7 years. Dental Crowns, which are tooth-shaped caps that are placed over your tooth to restore the tooth’s shape, size, and strength as well as improve appearance.

Replacing Missing Teeth

Missing teeth is often more than a cosmetic concern, but a general oral health problem. Depending on how many teeth you’re missing or where in your mouth there are gaps, it’s possible to experience problems chewing. To replace those missing molars or incisors, your dentist may suggest either a dental implant or dental bridge.

Dental Implants are artificial tooth roots that provide a permanent base for fixed, replacement teeth. A connector called an abutment is attached to the implant, which eventually supports the prosthetic tooth.

Dental Bridges are another option for replacing missing teeth. As the name suggests, dental bridges bridge gaps between a missing tooth or missing teeth. Dental bridges are supported by the natural teeth around them or by implants. The bridge is made up of the pontic, which replaces the missing tooth or teeth, and two crowns which are attached to and cover the surrounding teeth.

Straightening Your Smile

Some people have teeth that are healthy and strong but crooked. Misaligned teeth not only can make you self-conscious about flashing a smile, but may be the cause of jaw pain and headaches. When our teeth don’t line up well in our mouths, are jaw will overcompensate by moving in strange directions and angles to make chewing and talking more comfortable. Thankfully, there are a couple options to combat poor alignment including braces or clear alignment trays to adjust the teeth’s position.

Getting a Brighter & Whiter Smile

Teeth whitening is a quick and non-invasive way to improve your smile. There are three options for teeth whitening: in-office whitening, professionally dispensed take-home whitening kits, or over-the-counter teeth whitening. With in-office whitening, the dentist will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect your gums and apply bleach to the teeth. A special light or laser might be used to enhance the action of the whitening agent. While in-office whitening procedures cost more, the concentration of the whitening agent is lower in the take-home kits and the over-the-counter options than what your dentist would use in the office.

While most insurance providers do not cover the cost of cosmetic dentistry, considering your options for improving your smile and speaking with your dentist can help you find an option affordable for you. The best way to know if you can afford cosmetic dentistry is to get a complete estimate from your dentist and speak with the financing department about your options. Dental offices deal frequently with financing and will be able to provide you with all of the financing choices available to you.

Ultimately, cosmetic dentistry can be worth the cost to help you take pride in your smile. An improved smile can help you feel more confident, improve your overall appearance and make great first impressions. If you’re looking to improve your smile, consider scheduling an appointment with Drs. Creason, Weber & Mountford. We’re always accepting new patients and have everything you need to get the smile you’ve been hoping for with services like our ZOOM whitening. You can make your appointment by calling 616-842-0822 or by scheduling online today!