Your physical appearance is what most people will judge you on initially, and your smile is a crucial part of your physical appearance. For this reason, it is understandable why you, like many others, would want to have the brightest and whitest smile to flash. However, it is possible that you may not have an insurance policy that covers your cosmetic dental procedures – which is true in most cases – and you may not be able to pay too much out of your own savings. However, not all cosmetic dental procedures need to drain your bank account and you can also get your smile fixed at very affordable costs.
If you have decayed teeth, a very affordable option is to get dental fillings, which is usually done if the tooth can still be saved. Tooth decay may be caused due to bad eating habits or poor oral hygiene, so you should also revise your habits and hygiene routine.
Decayed, chipped or broken teeth can also be repaired using dental crowns, which are quite similar to dental fillings. However, they generally last for a longer period of time and are thought to be more durable than dental fillings. The decaying part of the tooth is removed before the application of the crown, which is used to reinforce the structure of the remaining tooth. Once the tooth has been prepared for the crown, a porcelain cap is used to protect the tooth. This procedure can also be used for decolourised teeth.
However, an even more affordable treatment for decolourised teeth is teeth whitening. Over the years, it is possible that your teeth may become stained because of the kind of eating habits you have or if you smoke too much. At this point, you cannot even brush your teeth more often to get rid of the stains and you will have to get a professional whitening done. This procedure usually does not take more than one sitting with the cosmetic dentist and is one of the most affordable ways for you to achieve the bright, white smile that you are after.
Dental bonding can be done if you have spaces between your teeth or if your teeth are cracked or chipped, which could have happened due to an injury or accident. In this procedure, a material is applied to the teeth that is the same colour as them – this covers broken parts and fills in the gaps.