Consumers should be aware that most cosmetic dentistry is not covered by insurance.
Bleaching — Process of brightening or whitening stained, discolored or dull teeth with an in-office power-bleaching method, doctor-supervised at-home whitening procedure done with molds made of your teeth, or over-the-counter whitening kit. (One to several office visits: $300 to less than $1,000. May have to be repeated.)
Bonding — Otherwise known as adhesion, this process bonds an enamel-like resin to a tooth’s surface, sculpted to an ideal shape, hardened and polished. Often used to close gaps (diastema) in teeth. (One office visit: $200 to $950 per tooth. Lasts three to eight years.)
Composite resin — Tooth-colored filling made of resin reinforced with silica or porcelain particles.
Crown — A cap, cover or restoration to replace missing portion of a tooth. $450 to $2,000.
Laminate veneer — Thin porcelain resin shell bonded to the enamel of front teeth. $550 to $3,000
Veneers — Ultra-thin laminates (porcelain or composite) which are bonded to the teeth. Especially used for repairing chipped, cracked or worn teeth. (Two visits: $650 to $3000 per tooth. Lasts five to 12 years.)