In today’s world making a good first impression is important. Whether you are going on a job interview, sales call or a first date people draw conclusions about you by your appearance. One of the most important parts of how you look is your smile. There is a number of procedures you can get but what are they and are they right for your smile. Here are the facts about some of the most common treatments.

ORTHODONTICS:

This is the most common cosmetic procedure. Braces have become a normal part of childhood & today there are even many adults who were unable to correct their teeth as children that get braces to fix their smile.

A candidate for orthodontics is someone with teeth that are crooked, placed wrong in the mouth or has gaps between the teeth.

Treatment

The treatment is done by placing braces on the teeth and moving them to the correct location.

Time of treatment and cost

The average treatment is 1 – 2 years and can easily run $5,000 or more. The treatment can cause tenderness in the mouth, especially after the braces are tightened.

Veneers & Crowns

PORCELAIN VENEERS:

This is a treatment that has become a popular way to correct the appearance of Crooked, Uneven, Chipped or Broken, or Discolored teeth. The most common candidate has front teeth that may be healthy but don’t have the desired straight white appearance.

Time & Cost

The procedure is about 1 hour per tooth and requires 3 visits. The cost runs from $975 to $2,200 per tooth depending on where in the country you are. There is no down time off work for this procedure.

PORCELAIN CROWNS:

These are very similar to Porcelain Veneers but are for teeth that require a crown,

Time & Cost

The time and cost are very similar to veneers. $950 to $2,200 per tooth. 1 hour per tooth with no down time

WHITE FILLINGS FOR BACK TEETH:

This is for those who dneed fillings but don’t want metal fillings in the back of their mouths

Time & Cost

The time is about the same as a regular filling but is a little more expensive.

· For a 1 surface filling $150 – $250

· For a 2 surface filling $200 – $400

· For a 3 surface filling $250 – $500

Missing Teeth

BRIDGES (Dental Partials):

The ideal candidate for this is someone with a missing tooth or teeth. This is less intrusive and less expensive than an implant and is considered permanent.

Time & Cost

The treatment is usually 1 – 2 hours and requires 2 visits. The average cost is around $750.

DENTAL IMPLANTS:

This is also for those with a missing tooth or teeth but don’t want to mess with a bridge. This process is more intrusive and requires the implant be connected to the bone but is more permanent.

Time & Cost

The entire treatment takes 5 – 6 months but usually only 2 visits. The cost is $3,000 per tooth.

DENTURES:

This is another option for a missing tooth or teeth. This is considered a long lasting fix but does require special cleaning.

Time & Cost

The treatment requires 1 – 2 hours and 2 – 4 visits. The cost is about $1,150.

Mouth Restructuring

FULL MOUTH RECONSTRUCTION / REHABILITATION:

The candidate for this needs complete reconstruction of all teeth, often to relieve pain or discomfort. (This term is sometimes used for less severe cases.) Though it is used to relieve pain it is considered “cosmetic”. It is a permanent procedure but additional repair work may be needed in the future. This treatment will leave you with a 3 – 5 day downtime for recovery.

Time & Cost

The treatment requires 2 – 5 visits of several hours each. You will need to sit down before you hear the price, $30,000.

TOOTH CONTOURING & RESHAPING:

The candidate for this is someone with Gaps between teeth or Crooked or Cracked teeth. It is a permanent processes with no downtime for recovery.

Time & Cost

This treatment requires one visit with 15 – 30 minutes & $200 per tooth.

GUM RECONTOURING / SHAPING:

For those who have overgrown gums or a “Gummy” smile. This is basically cutting away the extra gum that has overgrown on the teeth.

Time & Cost

This treatment takes one 1 – 2 hour visit and runs about $200.

Whitening

BRITE SMILE:

The candidate for this will have Stained, Yellowed, or Discolored teeth. It is a long lasting solution and have no down time.

Time & Cost

This requires one, 1 hour, visit and runs about $500.

REMBRANDT WHITENING:

This is also for those with Stained, Yellowed or Discolored teeth and is a long lasting solution.

Time & Cost

The treatment is one, 1 hour, visit that runs about $500. There is no down time.

TOOTH WHITENING:

Another treatment available for Stained, Yellowed or Discolored teeth. It is a long lasting treatment that has no down time.

Time & Cost

This requires one, 1 hour, office visit and several hours at home over three days. This is about $500.

ZOOM! WHITENING:

For Stained, yellowed or Discolored teeth. This is considered a long lasting treatment.

Time & Cost

Requires one, 1 hour office visit and runs about $500. There is no down time.

ZOOM! 2 WHITENING:

For Stained, Yellowed or Discolored teeth. This is a long lasting treatment.

Time & Cost

Requires on 1, 1 hour, office visit and costs $500.