Everything you need to know about aesthetic dentistry
The first impression you make means a great deal. The moment you meet someone for the first time can define your entire relationship, and in some cases, may prevent the further development of a relationship. As humans, our primarily means of communication is verbal, as words come out of our mouths. This means that instinctively we look at each other's mouths when we speak. If our teeth are discoloured, broken or missing, the person we are speaking with will notice immediately. It is due to these first impressions that people have often been denied the chance for a new job, friendship or romantic relationship. Fortunately, thanks to aesthetic dentistry, all these missed opportunities can be yours again.
What is aesthetic dentistry?
Aesthetic dentistry is one of the fastest growing areas in medicine. In recent years, the popularity of cosmetic procedures has increased and has become an integral part of our hygiene and care. Not only can these procedures improve one's appearance, they can directly impact one's life and raise a person's self-confidence, oral health and help to leave an excellent first impression on another person.
What does aesthetic dentistry mean?
Today, aesthetic dentistry is much more than repairing a broken tooth or installing crowns and bridges. This area has intensively developed and includes several of the simple non-invasive procedures, such as tooth whitening, to very complex surgical procedures. Indeed, due to increased interest, new technologies have been developed that contribute to the development and efficacy of procedures in aesthetic dentistry. Some of the most popular procedures are:
• Orthodontics and correcting tooth position
• Free hand bonding
• Veneers• Metal-less crowns and bridgesThe human mouth is like a fingerprint, as every person's mouth is unique and specific to them alone. Your aesthetic dentist will resolve your dental issues, in line with your individual needs and expectations, and will certainly improve your life by giving you a beautiful, healthy smile.
What kind of materials will you be living with?
We all know the story of the first American president and his wooden teeth. No need to worry, those days are way behind us. Technology has largely contributed to the development of aesthetic dentistry. Dentists are now able to work with a series of different materials to make your smile more desirable. Some of the materials used in aesthetic dentistry today are:• Ceramics are a material that most closely mimics the natural tooth. Over time, the composition has changed, which has increased both strength and security• Composite resins are a newer material in aesthetic dentistry used in making bridges and crowns. The result is a strong product with little to no chance that you will again need to fix your teeth• Zirconium is the newest material that represents a replacement for metal constructions, is highly biocompatible and is available in tooth colourAll these materials contribute to aesthetics more than ever before. Wipe away years of bad habits and neglect; it is time that you have a perfect, healthy and natural smile that you and your dear ones deserve.
A look at prices in aesthetic dentistry
Aesthetic dentistry is any dental procedure whose purpose is not only to improve tooth function but also tooth appearance. This type of procedure is used to resolve issues such as crooked or chipped teeth, missing teeth, discolouration, etc. Dentists are required to undergo special training that enables them to properly determine how to achieve the best possible outcome for each individual patient.
Aesthetic procedures are usually not covered by insurance, which most often covers only tooth repairs to improve their function. As such, it is exceptionally important to have an idea of the costs of these procedures.
Veneers are made of ceramic or composite materials and are used to replace spent enamel, to straighten crooked teeth, to fill large spaces between teeth or for teeth that are chipped or broken. Veneers usually cost more than installing a direct or indirect composite, though they last longer and look more natural.
Cost of veneers
Veneers cost between 925 and 2500 dollars per tooth, though they are definitely worth the cost. These teeth usually last between 10 and 15 years. On the other hand, veneers made from composite materials usually cost less, between 250 and 1500 dollars, though their lifespan is shorter, from 5 to 7 years.
Implants are used in cases of tooth loss. When they are used in order to make a crown or a bridge (for more than one missing tooth), then the implant serves as a base for that structure. They are very effective and long-lasting.
Cost of implants
The cost depends on a variety of factors, on the type of implants used, the producer of the implants and on the quality of the site where the implant is positioned. One implant costs between 900 and 3000 dollars, depending on these factors. If the procedure includes tooth implants for the entire mouth, the costs can reach up to 24,000 and 96,000 dollars.
Tooth whitening is one of the most commonly performed procedures in aesthetic dentistry. This procedure is equally sought after by men and women. The result is a lightening of the teeth and a brighter smile. It also helps to remove tobacco stains from smoking.
The procedure can be performed in several different ways: in the dental office with a one-hour procedure, or at home using whitening kits. The procedures performed by dentists are more effective, give better results in the shortest amount of time, and last longer.
Costs of tooth whitening
Tooth whitening is performed in the dental office and costs on average of 650 dollars. The second option is that you receive an entire whitening kit and you perform the procedure yourself at home. This option costs between 100 and 400 dollars.
Bridges are used to replace a series of missing teeth.
Costs of bridges
The cost of bridges depends on the materials they are made from and the number of teeth being replaced. They are most often made of metal ceramics that cost 1400 kuna per tooth, or up to 2600 kuna per tooth for zirconium ceramics.
A smile is one of the best gifts we can give and receive. If you are hiding your smile because of the state of your teeth, perhaps you should consider one of these aesthetic treatments, to ensure you smile again.