When we think of cosmetic dental surgery, most of us think of teeth whitening and veneers and we are not completely wrong, as a lot of cosmetic surgery is being done strictly for the sake of appearance. It is so much more important than that for most people; however, as it is to correct or prevent serious dental problems that can adversely affect health. The three fields of cosmetic dentistry are general dentistry, the specialty of prosthodontics for the replacement of missing or deficient teeth and the specialty of orthodontics for the correction of jaw alignment as well as neuromuscular and/or skeleton abnormalities.
The more common cosmetic treatments are teeth whitening or bleaching; enamel shaping, which reshapes the tooth by removing some of the enamel; contouring, which is one of the few treatments that can instantly correct crooked, chipped or cracked teeth; bonding, where a composite material is applied to a tooth surface and then sculpted and polished; dental bridges, which are false teeth fused to other teeth to hold them in place; veneers, which are are porcelain laminates bonded directly to your teeth for closing a gap or disguising discolored teeth; and gum lifts that trim your gum line to enhance your teeth. Although most of the minor cosmetic dentistry can be performed by a general dentist, it takes three years of specialty training for either the prosthodontist or the orthodontist.
The cost of cosmetic dentistry is quite expensive: a whitening by your dentist costs between $450 and $650 whereas the over the counter treatment costs between $4 and $100. Porcelain veneers and all porcelain crowns cost between $975 to $2200; bonding a front tooth which involves one corner of the tooth can run from $300 to $1,600. Invisalign invisible braces are $5,000 to $7,700 and implants are $1,000 to $5,000 for a single implant and $24,000 to $100,000 for full mouth replacement.
There are places that advertise free dental implants, so that is worth checking out. You can get information if you Google “free dental implants”. Some of the information is a little misleading, as only the information for finding a place that does implants was free, but others did seem to offer free implants. Be sure and ask questions because it is often difficult to determine if the implant procedure is free only when you are getting a related procedure. There are also dental insurances out there that may be helpful with the costs of some of these procedures.
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