Cosmetic dentistry includes procedures that can improve a patient's appearance and self-confidence. These procedures include teeth whitening, veneers, bonding, dental implants, Invisalign, and crowns. Each procedure has a local price range, and comparing the cost of cosmetic dentistry can be challenging.
We have estimated the cost of cosmetic dentistry in Nassau County, NY, for the following common procedures:
- In-Office Teeth Whitening: $300 - $400 per arch
- Porcelain Veneers: $1,000 - $2,500 per tooth
- Cosmetic Bonding: $300 - $600 per tooth
- Invisalign: $4,500 to $8,000 full-mouth
Why Invest in Cosmetic Dentistry?
Many people with problem teeth know the pain of hiding their smile whenever a camera flashes. People reluctant to smile may draw unwanted attention or give others the wrong impression.
Cosmetic dentistry helps people smile when they look at themselves in the mirror. It helps people show their authentic selves and improves their confidence.
Cosmetic dentistry also has important health benefits. For example, Invisalign straightens teeth, making them easier to clean. Crooked teeth may be more vulnerable to cavities and gum disease. Crowns, bridges, and implants restore damaged or missing teeth, improving chewing ability and preventing teeth from shifting.
Typical Cosmetic Procedures
Teeth naturally turn yellow as we age. People who enjoy darkly pigmented foods and beverages like red wine, cola, and coffee may also experience staining.
Teeth whitening uses a strong peroxide solution to break up and dissolve stains from the inside. You can choose from two methods: in-office and at-home whitening. In-office whitening has quick and stunning results, reversing years of stains in one easy visit. At-home professional whitening has equally brilliant results but happens more gradually.
Porcelain veneers can be a quick way to address different aesthetic issues simultaneously. Porcelain is a beautiful, non-staining material that holds the luminosity of healthy tooth enamel, meaning that veneers look natural. These veneers can cover discolored, chipped, cracked, slightly misshapen, or gapped teeth for a seamless look.
Bonding is a cost-effective method that can cover many of the same issues as porcelain veneers. The dentist uses composite resin to shape and enhance your natural teeth.
This orthodontic system quickly, comfortably, and discreetly transforms smiles. In just 12 to 18 months, you may go from crossed, uneven teeth to a brilliantly healthy look. It is ideal for patients who do not want the extra attention braces can draw.
Dental crowns are caps that fit over prepared natural teeth. They come in metal, porcelain, or ceramic materials. Crowns are excellent solutions for covering broken, cracked, or discolored teeth. They also restore chewing ability and provide a natural look.
A dental bridge, which replaces one or more teeth, connects to crowns or implants on either side of a gap in the patient's smile. Bridges restore appearance as well as chewing ability.
Dental implants are one of today's best replacements for natural teeth. They provide both cosmetic and oral health benefits. Since they bond with the jawbone, they keep it healthy and strong. They do not slip or click like dentures and are easy to care for.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cosmetic Dentistry
Is teeth whitening bad for your teeth?
Professional teeth whitening is safe because dentists know how to use strong chemical solutions without damaging teeth or gums. Dentists can judge whether you are whitening too much or too often and help you avoid serious side effects.
Avoid buying over-the-counter whitening agents online since these products are unregulated and may be strong enough to cause damage. Even if you use the weaker over-the-counter strips or pastes found in the supermarket or pharmacy, overusing them can lead to gum issues.
Does dental insurance cover cosmetic dentistry?
Insurance coverage for cosmetic dentistry varies by individual policy. It is worth checking with your insurer to determine whether certain procedures, such as crowns, implants, and bridges, may be covered in full or in part because of their therapeutic benefits.
Call The Ricco Dental Group
Cosmetic dentistry can change how you look and feel for the better. If you are uncertain about your smile and want to improve your confidence, cosmetic dentistry may be the right choice. Please call our Plainview, NY, office at 516-931-3999 (Plainview) or 516-798-0223 (Massapequa) to schedule a consultation.