The Five Most Expensive Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

Cosmetic dentistry can get expensive depending on the treatment necessary and the oral health of the patient. For the most part dental insurance will not cover cosmetic dentistry treatments because they are elected as opposed to necessary. Below are the five most expensive cosmetic dentistry treatments available.
  1. Teeth Whitening- In-office teeth whitening such as Zoom whitening or take-home bleaching kits are what we are referring to here. You can have your teeth whitened on the cheap with over-the-counter strips and toothpastes but these are not as effective. Expect teeth whitening to range from $100 to $700 for take-home kits and in-office whitening, respectively.
  2. Orthodontics- Orthodontics such as traditional braces and Invisalign are one of the most common treatments people use to enhance their dental health and smiles. Orthodontics are not known for being cheap although this is are one of the few treatments that can be considered cosmetic that dental insurance will sometimes cover. You can expect these treatments to run anywhere between $3,000 to $10,000 depending on the needs of the patient.
  3. Veneers- Veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure that can quickly enhance the appearance of teeth and smile. Veneers can be placed on one or several teeth, thus affecting the cost of the procedure. Veneers range from $1,000 to $3,000 per tooth, depending on the dentist, their training, location and condition of the patient’s teeth.
  4. Dental Implants- Dental implants are the most expensive of all the dental treatments because they involve surgical placement and integrate into your jawbone. These are also considered a restorative dentistry procedure but the skills of a good cosmetic dentist will be able to blend the restorative portion of the treatment to help the patient have the smile of their dreams. Dental implants can replace one or all teeth and cost anywhere from $1,500 to $3,500 per tooth, or as much as $24,000 to $96,000 for a full mouth reconstruction.
  5. Smile Makeover- A smile makeover is a combination of multiple cosmetic and sometimes restorative dentistry treatments. With this procedure the patient wants to use whatever treatments are necessary to give them the smile of their dreams. This may involve teeth whitening, veneers, dental crowns, dental implants, Invisalign or a number of other cosmetic dentistry treatments. It’s hard to put a price tag on the smile makeover treatment because it is so custom tailored for each patient. Expect to pay in the $1,000 to $3,000 range per tooth.