Dr. Amit Rajani

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Cosmetic Dentistry

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We are happy to answer questions about our services and procedures. These are a selection of some common questions that patients have. If your question isn't answered here, please contact our office. It's important to us that our patients understand their dental care.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Some dental insurance providers cover a portion of some cosmetic dentistry costs, but they will rarely foot the entire bill. For example, if you get a crown they might be willing to pay up to the cost of what the metal crown would have cost, but you’d be responsible for the difference between the metal crown and the more cosmetically attractive composite crown.

Dental insurance companies sometimes pay for half the cost of a dental implant, but they rarely pay for more. Thus, most patients will have to create a strategy for settling the bill in some other way, even if they have excellent coverage.

Here at our offices we offer several payment plans and financing options, including Care Credit and Comprehensive Finance. In addition, some of our customers choose to pay for cosmetic dentistry procedures with credit cards or other small loans. We’ve even had some patients come in, get a quote, and go off to save up what they need.

We will work with you. Schedule an appointment and we’ll see what we can do.

It depends on the procedure you get. In addition to listing the average per-tooth cost of each procedure below, we’ve also listed the average amount of time each procedure can be expected to last.

This information is important. If you’re not sure whether any given procedure is worth the cost, it’s helpful to divide the cost by the number of months it’s expected to last. This can put the price in perspective. For example, tooth whitening costs $650 and is expected to last for 36 months. This means you’re really only paying $18.00 a month to enjoy gleaming, beautiful teeth. Most of our patients pay more than that to buy a pizza every month!

If you’re not sure how long a given procedure will last, just ask your dentist during your consultation.

It depends on the procedure you need. We’ve shown the per-tooth cost of each of the procedures listed below, but these are only averages.

The best way to get an accurate picture of the costs you are facing is to schedule a consultation with our office. We’ll discuss the work you need to have done and what your final bill is likely to look like. 

Most of our cosmetic dentistry patients are in their forties or older. However, some cosmetic dentistry is sometimes appropriate for younger patients, depending on what needs to get done. Just keep in mind that children can’t get dental implants until they’re in their late teens (even if they get one of their teeth knocked out by a baseball).

This is because we have to wait until your child’s jaw has stopped growing before we can drill into it. We’ll usually recommend a bridge for kids who are too young to get dental implants. However, if a kid needs a composite crown that’s usually do-able!

Consult with our pediatric dentistry team to find out what you can do about your child’s missing or damaged teeth.

Cosmetic dentistry is any procedure which helps to improve the look, alignment, or function of your smile. Though the word “cosmetic” implies mere vanity, for most people cosmetic dentistry is about more than looking good. It’s also about feeling personally and professionally confident. Sadly, many people judge people with missing or broken teeth unfairly, and this can have a negative impact on your ability to secure jobs or life partners.

In addition, some “cosmetic” issues can impact the way your mouth functions. A missing tooth can result in an atrophied jawbone which in turn threatens other teeth in your mouth. A broken tooth can quickly grow infected and threaten your health in other ways if it isn’t cleaned up and given a crown. Many seemingly “cosmetic” problems can also impact your ability to speak or eat normally.

Thus, many patients have far greater concerns than their looks when they make their appointments with us—not that there is anything wrong with simply wanting to look and feel great

 

Cosmetic dentistry usually involves a single corrective procedure. A “smile makeover” might include 2-6 procedures involving multiple teeth. It might also start incorporating teeth straightening measures like Invisalign and other surgeries such as root canals. In short, it’s a holistic approach to treating a mouth that has suffered from extensive damage or trauma.

Every smile makeover case requires an extensive, thorough consultation to determine the scope of work. Smile makeovers may also require many months, even years, of treatment. However, a smile makeover is basically cosmetic dentistry—you can think of it as cosmetic dentistry taken to the next level. 

A cosmetic filling is just a white filling, as opposed to a silver amalgam filling. Many patients prefer these because they maintain the original look of their teeth. Many people also feel cosmetic fillings are safer than silver amalgam fillings because they don’t contain any mercury.

Have metal fillings that drive you crazy? You don’t have to live with them for the rest of your life. Our cosmetic dentistry team can also replace your old metal fillings with beautiful composite fillings, allowing you to finally stop advertising that you’ve had cavities in the past.

Average cost of cosmetic fillings: $175

Lasts for: A lifetime.

A crown is used to repair a broken or damaged tooth. We first reshape the broken tooth so that it may hold the crown in place. Then, we bond a tooth-colored cap to your own tooth so that it looks as good as new. As with fillings, we opt for white crowns over metal crowns so you can continue to enjoy a smile which looks totally natural.

Average cost of crown: $1,050

Lasts for: 25 to 30 years

Dental implants are the next best thing to keeping your own teeth in your head. We use them to replace missing teeth. First, a titanium rod is drilled into the jawbone to serve as the new “root” of the tooth. Once the rod bonds to the bone (a process called “osseointegration”) we add a crown to the implant. That crown then functions exactly the same way a normal tooth would function, and looks exactly the same way a normal tooth would look.

Implants are superior to dentures and bridges, which move and shift, drawing unwanted attention. You even clean implants exactly the same way you clean your regular teeth.

Average teeth: $1,500

Lasts for: The implant lasts for a lifetime. The crown typically needs to be replaced every 10-15 years.

It’s effective and fast! A cosmetic dentist can also create major improvements that you can’t always get with OTC bleaching kits, allowing us to remove years and years of stains.

We use the Zoom procedure, which uses a high concentration of carabamide peroxide and a special light pen which boosts the result of this powerful cleaning agent.  This procedure does not hurt, and it won’t damage your teeth in any way.

Average cost of teeth whitening: $650

Lasts for: Up to 3 years

Veneers are used to correct chipped and discolored teeth. They can also help you get a shapely smile that you’ll really love, concealing unsightly gaps in your teeth. If your teeth are slightly misaligned but don’t really require braces, veneers can help as well. Once, veneers were the exclusive secret of Hollywood stars. Today, they’re perfectly accessible to everyone else.

We start by making a model of your mouth, which we use to build a custom set of veneers just for you. We then use a powerful bonding agent to affix the veneers to your real teeth.

Average cost of veneers: $1293.75 (porcelain costs more, composite costs less).

Lasts for: 7-20 years

Yes! Cosmetic dentistry procedures are all meant to give you an awesome smile without interfering with your life. In some cases, people won’t even be able to tell you’ve had any work done. They will only notice how lovely your smile is.

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