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POPULAR COSMETIC PROCEDURES
Professional in-office teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure today. It’s easy, less invasive to the teeth, and less expensive than any other cosmetic procedure. Unlike over-the-counter products that incorporate low-dose bleaching agents, in-office whitening/bleaching takes place under carefully monitored conditions. You aren’t monitored as closely in, say, a kiosk in the middle of a mall.
“Consumers should be informed that bleach is a chemical and should be used very carefully and under the guidance of knowledgeable professionals,” says Dr. Brandenburg. “A chemical shouldn’t be applied to teeth that have cavities, cracks, or periodontal disease. In the state of Minnesota, legally a dentist is the professional responsible for diagnosing these conditions. Therefore, a prospective bleaching candidate should have a thorough examination by a dentist to see if they have any issues prior to bleaching.”
Over-the-counter and mall products also often have a weaker concentration, too. “Patients will spend money on these products and THEN end up in our office paying for another procedure,” says Dr. Roszkowski. If you simply go to your dentist first for teeth whitening, you’ll get the most bang for your buck. Depending on the type of product or technique, teeth whitening costs vary from $200 to $600.
Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth-shaped porcelain that are custom-made (for shape and color) by a professional dental laboratory, then bonded over the front of the teeth. They have the power to completely reshape your teeth and smile. “I work with an artist specially trained to design your smile,” says Dr. Damodaran.
High-quality veneers can cost anywhere from $1,200 to $2,250 per tooth and can take two to three visits. When done correctly, the results are dramatic and long lasting. “Crowns and veneers should look natural,” says Dr. Windmiller. “This is a big decision and you want it done right. Don’t go for the lowest price. There is a difference in skill and quality: A quality cosmetic dentist will use a high quality ceramist in a dental laboratory and this invariably will cost more. It’s best to have it done right the first time.”
According to Dr. Rizvi, a dental implant is a “root” device, usually made of titanium, used in cosmetic dentistry to support restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are a great alternative to traditional bridges because the patient can replace a missing tooth without having to involve neighboring teeth, says Dr. Roszkowksi.
The cost of dental implants is case-sensitive depending on soft tissue, bone health, and the type of implant required, says Dr. Rizvi. Some cases require collaboration of care with an oral surgeon or periodontist. The complete procedure for a dental implant takes approximately 4-6 months. If done correctly, an implant should be undetectable from a natural tooth.
Atif H. Rizvi, D.D.S.
17809 Hutchins Drive, Suite 108
Ned W. Windmiller, D.D.S., P.A.
Windmiller Distinctive Dentistry
Geetha Damodaran, D.D.S.
Birch Lake Dental
Nancy Norling, D.D.S.
1660 S. Hwy 100 #122
Heidi Brandenburg, D.D.S.
3948 W. 50th Street, Suite 201
Stacy Roszkowski, D.D.S.
Lifelong Dental Care