We may think of cosmetic dentistry as a fairly recent development. Over time humans have become increasingly self conscious about appearances, and to prove it we only need look back at history. Scientists can look back to Mayan civilizations, where it has been proven that dental implants, embedded into jaw bones, were sometimes used.
Since then there have been great advances in dental technologies specific to cosmetic dentistry, especially in crown and veneer procedures. Bleaching and bonding have also improved over the years. Professional dental cleaning is, of course, your best defense against tooth damage and loss. But as we age we are more likely to experience issues. Not surprisingly, more than half of all cosmetic dentistry patients are between 41 and 60 years old.
Whatever your age, you can take comfort in the new ways that dental veneers and crowns are being handled by the top cosmetic dentists.
Veneers are a temporary solution for fractured or discolored teeth, typically lasting for 5 to 10 years before they must be replaced. However, advancements in bonding can increase the lifetime of veneers another 20 years when used effectively. A new, thinner porcelain veneer is now available, known as Lumineers. These veneers appear similar to actual tooth enamel because they are so thin, approximately 0.2 mm. They are also easier to apply and can therefore do less harm to your teeth than traditional veneers.
2. Dental Crowns
Dental crowns, also called caps, restore teeth to their original appearance if teeth have been broken, discolored, weakened, or misshapen. The latest technology advancement is specific to CEREC crowns. CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, and they are constructed with an innovative 3D CAD procedure which recreates a tooth out of ceramic in a small machine in the dental office. Usually CEREC crowns can be completed in one visit in about an hour.
How much a dental crown will cost depends on a number of factors including the beginning condition of your tooth, its location, local rates, and how much training and experience your dentist has. In cosmetic dentistry, the cost for a dental crown is not usually covered by insurance. Therefore, it is common for someone seeking dental work to spend nearly 5,000 or 6,000 dollars on their cosmetic procedures depending on the amount of work that is done.
When you find a cosmetic dentist, be sure to ask about CEREC crowns and Lumineers. Not all dentists can do them or will recommend them depending on their own experience and their level of comfort with new procedures. Please know that when you work with us at Kirkland Dentistry you can be confident we’re committed to staying current on the most recent, safest, and most effective high-tech advances in cosmetic dentistry.