How much does cosmetic dentistry cost?

Greenville Cosmetic dentistry provides a number of options for patients to improve their smile. Most of the time, dental work that is considered cosmetic is not covered by insurance so it is important to know how much treatment will cost before you begin! Some common cosmetic treatments include: whitening, bonding, veneers, orthodontia, and implants.

Teeth Whitening

Most dental offices will offer some type of in-office whitening treatment such as Zoom. In-office whitening is a much faster way to achieve optimal results but costs about ten times more than at-home versions. An at-home kit costs about $50 and can take up to two weeks to achieve final results. The in-office version takes less than two hours and costs up to $500

Composite Bonding

Bonding is used to make minor repairs to teeth or to fabricate non-invasive veneers. Bonding can fix a gap between teeth and repair a tooth that previously had decay. Depending on the surface area covered, bonding can cost between $150 and $600 per tooth. Bonding is often considered restorative and may be covered by insurance.

Inlays and Onlays

When a cavity is too large to be repaired by bonding, your dentist may choose to place a porcelain onlay on the chewing (occlusal) surface of a tooth. This type of restoration costs between $650 and $900 per tooth and may be covered by dental insurance.

Dental Crowns

Sometimes teeth fracture but can be saved with a dental crown. A crown fits over the entire tooth structure to just below the gumline and can hold a tooth together for decades. Crowns can be fabricated using porcelain tinted to match your teeth or out of base metals. Porcelain crowns cost between $800 and $2000 per tooth. The cost for metal crowns varies according to the market price of the metal. Crowns are not considered cosmetic and will likely be covered, at least in part, by your dental insurance.

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are a beautiful, natural-looking way to improve your smile! Modern veneers are very thin and do not require much tooth structure to be removed. Veneers cover the front of the tooth and are made from porcelain. Veneers cost between $900 and $2000 per tooth and will not be covered by insurance.

Dental Implant

Your dentist can work in tandem with an oral surgeon to replace a missing tooth by using a dental implant. An oral surgeon places a titanium implant into your jawbone and your dentist places an implant crown onto the implant. This procedure will incur a couple of different fees, the surgeon’s and the dentist’s. The implant placement surgery may run between $1700 and $2000. The restorative crown may cost between $1200 and $3200.

Dental Bridge

A dental bridge is another option to replace a missing tooth. Not everyone is a candidate for an implant so a bridge can be a great alternative. A dental bridge relies on healthy surrounding teeth and attaches to them using dental crowns. Between the two dental crowns, a fake tooth (pontic) replaces a missing tooth. A three tooth dental bridge can cost up to $6000.

Orthodontic Therapy

Finally, orthodontic therapy gives patients a straight and healthy smile! A lot of people think that braces or orthodontia is just for childhood but a lot of adult patients enjoy the benefits of clear aligner therapy, such as Invisalign. Clear aligner treatment can cost between $2800 and $5000, depending on the severity of your case. Some offer orthodontic benefits and may cover some of your cost!


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