Just about everyone wants to have a perfect smile. Of course, most of us have at least one thing we wish we could fix about our smile. Fortunately, thanks to cosmetic dentistry, just about any changes we want to make to our smile are possible. Cosmetic dentistry is the branch of dentistry that is concerned with improving the aesthetic appearance of person’s smile. Anyone who wants to improve their smile is a candidate for cosmetic surgery, although two out of three patients who seek cosmetic dental procedures are female.
One of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures is called dental porcelain veneers. Veneers are a thin layer of porcelain that is grafted to a tooth. Porcelain veneers look like regular teeth. In fact, porcelain is used in crowns and dental implants all the time. Porcelain veneers, however, perform two important functions. They help to protect the tooth from damage, and they also make the tooth whiter. For these reasons, dental veneers have become very popular. However, if you are thinking about getting veneers be aware that on average veneers cost about $300 per tooth.
Another popular cosmetic dental procedure is called dental implants. Implants are one of the most advanced ways for dentists to replace missing or damaged teeth. They consist of a titanium root which is implanted in the socket of the missing tooth. Once the jaw bone has healed around the root, a dentist will attach a porcelain crown, which is shaped to resemble a real tooth, on to the implant. Like veneers, dental implant costs can be very expensive, costing on average about $2,000 per tooth.
If you are interested in having cosmetic dental work done, contact your family dentists. Your family dentists will be able to explain the procedures more fully and put you in touch with a cosmetic dentist. Learn more.