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How to Find Affordable Cosmetic Dentistry

How to Find Affordable Cosmetic Dentistry

Where do I find affordable cosmetic dentistry? Is it covered by insurance? Is it difficult to find this procedure? Read on to know the answers to all of these questions and more...
Dr. Sumaiya Khan
The new buzzword in the world of vanity is cosmetic dentistry. This is a field of dentistry that is fast gaining immense amount of popularity, thanks to people that are willing to go the distance to get that million dollar smile.

This endeavor involves procedures like smile designing, dental veneers and in certain cases, even dental implants. Hence, it tends to be a very expensive method indeed. So, when it comes to cheap cosmetic dentistry, the options available are quite limited. Given below are details regarding cosmetic dental treatments and how to minimize the costs incurred when availing such treatments.

Is Cosmetic Dentistry Expensive?

Needless to say, it is an expensive procedure. This is because, firstly, often very qualified dentists are required to do such procedures, like implants and smile designing. Postgraduate dentists with ample of experience are your best bet for carrying out such procedures, so as to ensure that the person gets excellent results.

Hence, the fees of such professionals are quite high, which is one of the reasons for the high prices of this procedure. Furthermore, the materials used are also quite expensive and the laboratory charges for crowns and bridges also further add to the cost of the procedure. Also, for many people, these procedures are often optional and are done not for reparation purposes but only for aesthetic purposes.

Hence, people often say that the term 'affordable cosmetic dentistry' is a paradox because it is a common knowledge that cosmetic dentistry costs shoot through the roof. However, there are ways to avail the treatment without burning a hole in your pocket.


When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, there are unfortunately practically no insurance companies that would be willing to pay up. Hence, there is no question of cosmetic dentistry being covered under dental insurance because even finding dental implant insurance coverage is a daunting task in itself. Well, there are a few ways by which you can considerably reduce the cost of treatment. For starters:
  • Instead of going in for dental implants, you can avail other options, like bridges or dental crowns. If you need a dental crown, then you can go and get a steel crown for your posterior teeth instead of a ceramic crown.
  • You need to decide whether, if you have slight malocclusion with misalignment of teeth, you want to go in for smile designing or you want to go in for orthodontic treatment. There are various pros and cons for both, and the problem with smile designing is that if you opt for aesthetic fillings in your front teeth, it may lead to staining over time, due to which you will need to constantly seek treatment for maintaining the smile. Thus, although the immediate cost of smile designing and orthodontic treatment may be the same, due to the cost of maintenance, smile designing may eventually end up being a far more expensive option.
  • If you have slightly yellow teeth, then instead of getting veneers and facings, you can try out professional teeth whitening methods like cleaning and dental bleaching. This will end up being a far more cost-effective treatment option.
If you cannot, or do not want to go in for the alternative treatment options mentioned above, then you can try out something known as a dental discount plan. This is a relatively new option available wherein a group of local dentists get together and devise a plan wherein they offer treatment at a relatively lower rate. This is not really an official option, and you will need to search high and low to find such a plan. Although the savings may not be much, but it will be considerable enough to help you out in your motive of finding options.

It is quite difficult to find cheap or affordable options when it comes to cosmetic dentistry, as this is a type of treatment option that involves very expensive material that is used and executed by a person having an excellent skill set. Hence, the prices tend to rise accordingly. So, it is best to try to always give your dental health priority, because a little bit of dental care can go a long way in preventing dental problems and equally important - a hole in your pocket!