Cosmetic dentistry isn’t just for celebrities and the wealthy — there’s now a wide variety of options and price ranges that put a better smile within reach for millions of people.
“Cosmetic dentistry has gone mainstream,” says Kimberly Harms, DDS, consumer advisor and spokesperson for the American Dental Association (ADA) and a dentist in private practice in Farmington, Minn. “Just about every dentist does at least some cosmetic dentistry procedures these days.”
From subtle changes to major oral surgery, there are a host of cosmetic dentistry techniques that can treat teeth that are discolored, chipped, misshapen, or missing.
So is cosmetic dentistry right for you? Here’s what you need to know before making the decision.
Pros and Cons of Dental Bonding
“Dental bonding is less expensive than veneers, but it also has drawbacks,” notes Dr. Harms.
Advantages of dental bonding include:
- Cost. The average cost of dental bonding ranges from $300 to $600 per tooth. “But many dental insurance plans cover most of the cost of bonding, particularly when it is done for structural reasons or to fill a cavity,” says Harms.
- Speed. Dental bonding typically requires only one office visit. The entire process can be accomplished in 30 to 60 minutes per tooth.
- Ease. Anesthesia is usually not necessary, unless bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth. Compared to veneers and crowns, dental bonding also requires the least amount of enamel removal, explains Harms.
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