Cosmetic Dentistry Types, Cost, Duration, Pros & Cons (The Complete Guide)
When it comes to makeover and beauty treatment don’t forget your mouth. Cosmetic dentistry is as important as a salon treatment.
The way you speak, smile, laugh and carry yourself is your impression on others. It is not wrong to say that a healthy and fine mouth is a vital determinant of your personality.
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What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improvement in dental aesthetics in color, position, shape, size, alignment of overall smile, mouth, and teeth using professional oral care.
A popular type is a Smile makeover.
Types of cosmetic dentistry
Tooth whitening is a very effective way of lightening the natural color of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surfaces.
It can lighten the existing color by several shades. Tooth whitening can be achieved by either changing the intrinsic color or by removing and controlling the formation of extrinsic stains.
Hydrogen peroxide is used in the process and acts as an oxidizing agent. In the spaces between the inorganic salts in tooth enamel, the whitening effect is created by the reflection of light.
Treatment duration: In 2 to 4 sessions, each of nearly 1 hour, professional teeth whitening can be done.
Pros: Clean and white teeth will enhance your smile and will help you to build a better impression at important times like job interviews, presentations, functions, competitions, etc. Also, you will get rid of unwanted germs and plaque.
Cons: It can cause sensitivity for some days after treatment. A professional and experienced dentist should be preferred.
Longevity: It can last from 6 months to up to 3 years, depending upon your oral habits and the teeth whitening method.
Cost: Cost varies between ₹5000 to ₹15000 depending upon the method of application.
It can be used to correct crooked or excessively long teeth. It is also known as enameloplasty, odontoblasts, contouring, recontouring, cosmetic contouring, slenderizing, stripping.
This procedure offers fast results and can even be a substitute for braces under certain circumstances.
Treatment Duration: Mostly, one session is enough. It depends on the number of teeth.
Pros: No more mocking because of crooked or longer teeth.
You will feel more confident while socializing.
Tooth functioning will be smoother; teeth will become easier to clean than before.
This is a painless treatment.
Cons: Firstly, dentists will examine if you are suitable for it or not, and this is completely a teeth makeover, it will not cure any dental issues. But, for dental problems, there are various suitable ways.
Longevity: It can stay permanent unless you meet any injuries.
Cost: Cost ranges between ₹5000 to ₹10,000 depending upon the number of teeth getting treated.
Bonding is a process in which an enamel-like dental composite material is color-matched, applied to a tooth’s surface, sculpted into proper tooth contour, hardened and then polished.
Examples of bonded restorations are inlays and Onlays.
Inlays and Onlays are made in a dental laboratory from a composite resin material and attached to the teeth with adhesive dental cement.
They provide support to strengthen teeth, restore their shape and avoid any further decay or deterioration.
Treatment Duration: One session of 30-60 minutes is enough.
Pros: It is non-invasive and looks natural. Dr. Manjush Shinde is very much experienced in this field. She is actively working at Morya Dental Care, Pune.
Cons: Durability is lesser than the crown.
Longevity: Can last from 3 years to 10 years again depending upon your maintenance.
Cost: Cost ranges from ₹2000 to ₹5000
This procedure is used to replace one or more missing teeth and is cemented in.
Bridges can consist of more than three teeth in total. Most bridges are fixed, they can not be removed.
Bridges require a commitment to serious oral hygiene and carry risk.
Treatment Duration: 2-3 sessions are required.
Pros: Dental bridges are an effective solution for the replacement of missing teeth in the mouth, offering both functional and aesthetic correction.
Additionally, the bridge can also help to reduce the risk of bone loss from the jaw and, therefore, maintains the facial structure.
It can also help individuals to speak without inhibition, filling the gap in the teeth which may alter the placement of the tongue and the way sounds are made in the mouth.
Cons: There is a risk of decay if the bridge is not well fitted.
Longevity: It normally lasts for around 15 years. But with good oral hygiene, it can last for up to 30 years.
Cost: Cost will depend upon the fabrication process and material used. Generally, it is between ₹5000 to ₹20000.
Veneers are ultra-thin, custom-made porcelain laminates that are bonded directly to the teeth.
They are an option for closing gaps, enhancing the shape, or changing the color of teeth that do not respond well to whitening procedures.
To achieve a pleasing smile, dentists fabricate diagnostic mock-ups, which act as a tooth preparation guide before the fabrication of veneers.
Treatment Duration: 2-3 sessions are needed.
Pros: It will brighten your smile, fix and hide minor dental flaws. If your enamel is damaged, you can use veneers to replace it.
Cons: This is an irreversible process. You need to be careful while choosing your dentist.
Longevity: It can last from 10 years to 15 years, and like natural teeth are susceptible to damage.
Cost: The total cost is around ₹8000 to ₹15000.
There are various methods to align your teeth properly. Traditional braces to Invisalign you can opt for your favorite option.
Treatment duration: Braces are typically worn from 18 to 24 months, with the exception of short-term treatment.
Pros: Cleaning the teeth and maintaining oral hygiene gets easier after proper alignment of the teeth thus you stay away from the dental issues.
It will beautify your smile. With new advancements, braces are quite unnoticeable.
Cons: Traditional braces are visible. Cleaning teeth will be difficult with the braces on.
Longevity: The results are permanent.
Cost: Depending on the type of braces, the cost ranges from ₹20000 to ₹60000.
These are prosthetic replacements for missing teeth.
There are commonly three parts to what it is described as an implant: the implant device which is predominantly made of titanium (which is inserted into the bone), the abutment, and a dental crown or a denture that is connected to the implant through the abutment.
Treatment duration: 3-4 sessions, which includes pre-checkup, surgery, post-procedure checkup.
Pros: They look and feel just like regular teeth. When you get dental implants, the implant is replacing the root of your tooth.
This means that bone loss is much less likely. One of the key benefits of dental implants is that they are about as permanent a solution as you can get.
Dental implants aren’t just for people who want a picture-perfect smile. Because the implant’s titanium post is fused to your jaw, implants stay in place.
That means (unlike dentures) your speech is not affected and eating is easier.
Cons: Getting dental implants fitted can take a long time. In some cases, dental implants may require additional procedures like fixing a bone graft.
Longevity: Longevity is between 15 to 20 years.
Cost: The average cost is around ₹20000 to ₹40000. Dr. Manjusha Shinde is not only a professional but a skilled Dentist who has an outstanding record of dental implant surgery in Pune.
Gum Lifts/Gum Contouring
A gum lift is a cosmetic dental procedure that raises and sculpts the gum line.
The procedure involves reshaping the tissue and/or underlying bones to create the appearance of longer or more symmetrical teeth.
Treatment duration: This can be a one-session treatment of 1 to 2 hours.
Pros: Gum contouring produces a more attractive smile. The procedure is simple and safe. It does not require stitches or long healing times.
Cons: You may experience soreness and tenderness afterwards. This will not last for long, however, and can be managed with painkillers and perhaps a mouthwash. This is a purely cosmetic procedure, not a cure for gum diseases.
Longevity: Results are permanent. No need to worry about gummy-smile again.
Cost: Cost will be around ₹15000 to ₹50000
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) About Cosmetic Dentistry
Am I Eligible?
Firstly your oral health report will be examined.
After keeping your allergies, oral history and sensitive areas in mind, dentists will let you know.
Which is the best cosmetic dentistry option for me?
All types of dental problems have a solution.
As per your requirements and expectations after a throughout mouth check-up, dentists will suggest you the best option.
Does cosmetic dentistry mean a smile makeover?
Smile makeover is one of the most trendy cosmetic dentistry options.
Smile makeover aims at making your smile perfect.
While Cosmetic dentistry also deals with fixation of other dental issues that’s why this is a pack of art and science together.
How many teeth are treated? Does cost depend upon the number of teeth to be treated?
Infected teeth are targeted but if you want a complete refashioning, it is also possible.
And yes the cost depends upon the number of teeth, material choice, and method of treatment.
Do implants hurt?
With the advancements in technology, dentistry has become less invasive and less painful.
There can be sensitivity in treated areas for some days but this is a profitable deal if we look at the benefits obtained.
What is the ideal age for cosmetic dentistry?
Fortunately, age is no bar.
From children to elders everyone can gain benefits from cosmetic dentistry.
The patients getting treated at Morya Dental Care are from different age groups and they are having a happy dentistry in Pune.
Is it possible for me to picture how I would look after cosmetic dental treatment?
Morya Dental Care uses the latest technology to offer you computer imaging, giving you a good idea of what you can look like after cosmetic dental improvements.
How do I take care of my dental crowns/veneers?
Treat your crowned tooth like a normal tooth.
Brush and floss thoroughly. With proper care, Veneers and Crowns will enhance your dental health and beauty for a long time to come.
Can Cosmetic Dentistry Be Reversed?
Few patients want their new smile reversed, and this depends on what and how many cosmetic dentistry treatments you’ve had.
Porcelain veneers can’t be removed.