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Enhancing Your Smile With Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is a branch of dentistry that focuses on improving the appearance of teeth, gums, and bites. It can be used to correct a wide range of dental problems.  At Kingston Dental, we encourage all our patients to take care of their teeth so that they have a healthy and attractive smile.

Some of the benefits of cosmetic dentistry include:

  • Improved oral health which can improve your overall health.
  • Improved self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • A more attractive smile.
  • Better job opportunities and social relationships.
  • Improve the appearance of your teeth, gums, and bite, making you look and feel younger.

Cosmetic dentistry can have a significant impact on a person's self-esteem and confidence by creating a healthy, beautiful smile.  Healthy teeth make people feel more attractive and outgoing, and this can lead to better job opportunities, promotions, and long-lasting social relationships.  

So, what does a cosmetic dentist do?

They can:

  • Use a variety of dental techniques to repair chipped or broken teeth with crowns, veneers, or bonding.
  • Crowns, which can be made of various materials, are placed over teeth to protect them from damage. They can also be used to improve the appearance of your teeth. Ask your dentist which materials will serve you best.
  • Veneers are thin shells of composite resin or porcelain that are bonded to the front surface of your teeth. They can be used to cover up gaps, chips, and cracks, or to change the shape and size of your teeth.
  • Bonding is a procedure that uses tooth-colored composite resin to repair chipped or broken teeth. It can also be used to close gaps between teeth.
  • Straighten crooked or misaligned teeth with either traditional braces or any one of the new technologies, such as Invisalign or other “invisible” braces.
  • Improve your oral health by filling in any gaps between your teeth using implants, bonding, or veneers and they can contour your gums.
  • Whiten your stained or discolored teeth with a variety of state-of-the-art techniques that can remove the stains and make your teeth white again in a short period of time.
  • Craft bridges to replace missing teeth. Bridges are made of porcelain or metal and are anchored to the teeth on either side of the gap.
  • Create a permanent solution for missing teeth by using implants.  Implants are artificial teeth that are surgically placed into the jawbone.
  • Achieve a healthier bite which is important for both your oral health and your overall well-being. Cosmetic dentistry procedures can help correct problems such as an overbite, underbite, or crossbite, and it can improve your chewing ability and prevent TMJ problems.

Cosmetic dentistry can be a great way to improve your self-confidence and your overall appearance. If you are considering any cosmetic dentistry procedures, be sure to discuss your options with our dentists.  We will be happy to explain the different procedures in detail, develop a treatment plan, and get you an estimate of the cost.

How much does it cost?

The cost of cosmetic dentistry can vary depending on the type of procedure, the materials used, and the dentist's experience and in which part of the country your dentist is located.

In general, cosmetic dentistry is more expensive than traditional dentistry because it is considered elective and is not typically covered by dental insurance.

Here are some average costs for common cosmetic dentistry procedures:

  • Teeth whitening: $300-$800
  • Veneers: $800-$2,000 per tooth
  • Bonding: $300-$600 per tooth
  • Crowns: $1,000-$1,500 per tooth
  • Bridges: $2,000-$5,000
  • Implants:  $3,000-$6,000 per tooth

Remember that these are just averages, and the actual cost of any procedures you decide to do may be higher or lower. If you are considering cosmetic dentistry, it is important to get an estimate before committing to any procedures.

Here are some factors that can affect the cost of cosmetic dentistry:

  • The type of procedure you are having. More complex procedures, such as veneers and implants, typically cost more than simpler procedures, like teeth whitening and bonding.
  • The materials used for your procedure may vary depending on what your dentist generally uses.  For example, porcelain veneers are more expensive than composite resin ones.  Zirconia crowns are more expensive than porcelain crowns.
  • How experienced the dentist is and the location of the practice.  Experienced dentists in high-cost areas typically charge more than less experienced dentists in low-cost areas.  

If you are concerned about the cost of cosmetic dentistry, there are a few things you can do to save money.  Come into our office and let us examine your teeth to diagnose the issues you are concerned about.  Let our experienced dentists give you a thorough examination and tell you what type of procedure or procedures they think would work best for you.

We can show you how to start with less expensive procedures if you need more than one.  We can also explain our financing options to help you cover the cost of treatment and pay for it over a period of time.  With careful planning and budgeting, you can achieve a beautiful smile without breaking the bank.  

At Kingston Dental, our all-inclusive dental care ranges from everyday general dental needs to cleanings, fillings, and oral exams to ultra-cosmetic and full rehabilitation care, like dental bridges, dental braces, and gum disease. We can even treat Sleep Apnea and TMJ issues. And because we are a full-service dental care practice, we rarely refer patients out to a specialist!

Protecting the health and safety of our patients and their families is our number one priority.  Oral health care is essential for your overall health and well-being. It involves brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.

Oral health problems, such as cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer, can be linked to a number of systemic diseases.  But by maintaining good oral health, you can reduce your risk of developing these diseases and improve your overall quality of life.

At Kingston Dental Care, we want to make sure your teeth stay healthy, function properly, and look great no matter how young or how old you may be.  This means that protecting the health and safety of our patients and their families is our number one priority.  

Our highly professional dentists, dental assistants, and hygienic staff provide quality, comprehensive dental care so that we can serve the dental needs of all our community.  From general dental care to cosmetic dentistry, we never lose sight of our #1 goal: Patients always come first.

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