5 Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments That Can Create A Winning Smile
When you think of visiting the dentist your typical semi-annual routine cleanings may come to mind. However, there are actually many more treatments offered these days that are targeted at correcting cosmetic issues including teeth staining, crooked teeth, gaps, and more. In addition to leaving your dentist’s office with cleaner teeth, you can actually leave with a whole new smile. The dentists at Parker West Dental in Plano, Texas offers many fantastic treatments in the area of cosmetic dentistry to correct multiple dental issues and patients couldn’t be happier with their results.
Let’s start by looking at the smile makeover. A smile makeover is a great way to take care of multiple dental issues at once. A smile makeover consists of two or more cosmetic dentistry procedures that will transform your smile. Some of the treatments included in this makeover are teeth whitening, bonding, tooth-colored fillings, and teeth straightening, or veneers. Your smile makeover will be customized based on your individual needs. Cosmetic dentistry has come along way in recent years and a smile makeover has proven to be life-changing for so many patients.
Dental bonding and contouring
Dental bonding and contouring is a good solution for people that want to correct cracked, chipped, fractured, or discolored tooth without having to undergo an expensive dental treatment. This simple procedure requires the adhesion or “bonding” of tooth-colored resin to the natural teeth in order to conceal imperfections or irregularities. Dental bonding can correct gaps between the teeth and also lengthen teeth to provide a more uniform appearance. A few of the many perks of dental bonding is that it is non-invasive and budget friendly. The procedure can be completed in one office visit and as long as you maintain good oral hygiene the results can last anywhere from 7 to 10 years. Many factors will go into the total cost of dental bonding including the number of teeth that need to be treated and the current condition of the teeth. You can expect to pay anywhere from $550 to $750 per tooth.
Teeth whitening is one of the most commonly requested treatments by patients in our Plano, TX dental office. This treatment instantly transforms your smile by making it whiter and brighter. Many patients seek this treatment when they have unsightly staining on their teeth due to smoking, or drinking coffee or wine. The dentists at Parker West Dentistry offer two different types of whitening, KOR Whitening, which consists of mouth trays that can conveniently be worn at home, and ZOOM Whitening which is performed in our office and can lighten teeth as much as eight shades in less than one hour. Your dentist will recommend which treatment will work better for you based on the severity of the discoloration and condition of your teeth. The cost of this treatment can range due to how much staining is present and the amount of whitening the patient desires. The average pricing of this treatment can range anywhere from $250 to $1,500. In order to maintain your pearly white results it is recommended that you stay current on your dental cleanings and avoid smoking and liquids that can stain your teeth.
If you’ve ever notice a shiny silver tooth when someone opens their mouth you’re looking at something called an amalgam filling. These fillings used to be the standard for filling cavities or correcting teeth that have been damaged. Not only are they unsightly, but now there is cause for concern that silver amalgam fillings may potentially have mercury in them. An excellent option to silver fillings are tooth-colored fillings. These are the type of fillings that the dentists at Parker West prefer to use to repair the teeth and fill cavities. These fillings are made from resin or porcelain and are safer options. Best of all, they will match the color of your other teeth and look more natural and blend in better. If you need new fillings, or if you’d like to replace your old silver ones, tooth colored fillings are an excellent option to consider. Depending on the amount of fillings needed and the material used (resin or porcelain) you can expect to pay anywhere from $270 to $550 per tooth.
Porcelain veneers tend to be the game-changer where cosmetic dentistry is concerned. With one treatment alone, veneers can work magic on any type of smile. Regardless if you’re suffering from gaps, cracks, stains, crooked teeth or broken teeth, veneers can fully transform your smile. Our Plano, TX dentists prefer to use porcelain veneers as opposed to resin because porcelain is more resistant to staining, and it also lasts longer. Another positive of porcelain is that it also mimics the way light is reflected off your teeth, similar to your natural teeth. The process of applying porcelain veneers consists of the dentist removing a thin layer of enamel from your real teeth and then the veneers are permanently bonded to the front. The end result is a beautiful, white, straight smile that camouflages any of your previous dental imperfections. Porcelain veneers are incredibly durable and as long as they’re cared for and you visit your dentist on a regular basis they can last many years. On average, veneers can last anywhere from 10-20 years, and even longer. While porcelain veneers are not cheap, you can expect to pay anywhere from $1,500 to $1,900 per tooth, they are worth every dollar as they will completely transform your smile.
How can I find out more?
If you’d like to learn more about how life-transforming cosmetic dentistry can be and hear more about any of the cosmetic dental procedures mentioned then please give our Plano, TX dental office a call to schedule a consultation. You’ll be able to meet with one of our board-certified dentists who will take a look at your dental concerns, determine if you’re a good candidate for a specific procedure or more than one treatments, and provide a customized treatment plan so you can get the smile you want.
We look forward to meeting you and providing you with multiple reasons to smile.