Procedure Benefits Disadvantages/Risks *** Long Term Fee
Teeth Whitening most cost effective non invasive Will darken over time; must retreat XHC* FREE to $300
can re-whiten quickly Home tx takes two weeks, avoid tea red wine SHR**
Smile Transitions or In expensive! Can improve a damaged These types of appliances are for looks only.
Snap on Teeth Smile without having teeth drilled You can NOT eat with them. They are temporary average $700
all we need to do is take impressions
Bonding Done in one visit, affordable, easy to repair Stains, loses luster over time, chips Replace 3-10 years 325 to 525
Can be done without tooth being cut Tend to absorb germs if not kept clean XHC/SHR
Less to no tooth damage if you have them removed No Prep Veneers keeps luster; no tooth cutting long lasting easy to put on but hard to remove! can crack/chip 695
No need for shots easy app! Great value Difficult to optimize!! Not ideal not for everyone XHC/SHR
Prep'd veneers Keep luster, less tooth cutting than crown must cut tooth structure; Hard to remove Can crack/chip 1125-1300
Long lasting, less risk of pulp damage veneers can pop off now and then
Full Crowns covers whole tooth, can restore tooth must cut down tooth, risk needing root canal can decay 975-1300
Keeps luster Designed to last 10 to 20 years
Dental Implants Prevent further bone loss; most natural Takes time and money and it is difficult to make cosmetic XHC/SHR 2500 plus
See Hy They are the closes to your own tooth They can cause bone loss! Hard to clean sometimes, failure
Will NOT Decay;Long term They can get gum disease around them
Gum recession can expose implant post
Gum surgery Reduce a gummy smile, cover Expense XHC/SHR 269+
exposed roots Can fail, can take more than one surgery
Bone Grafting Improve contour of smile Graft can fail, requires surgery XHC/SHR 525+
make teeth more natural looking Adds complexity to case; gum disease can destroy it
Sometimes cannot place implant unless grafted
Fixed Bridge Stays fixed in mouth Expense, cut down adjacent teeth, get decay, bone loss XHC/SHR
Dentures /flipper Affordable, more esthetic than implant bridge Lose chewing power, can slip, need replacement average 975 +
Braces Your own teeth Expense and time and need for retainers & relapse XHC/SHR 1600++
Orthognathic Surgery Optimum natural results Expense and surgical risks! and time XHC/SHR Not done here
* XHC-Excellent Home Care
**SHR- See hygienist Regularly which could be every three months or once a year depending on your issues.
Pain? Dental Emergency?!
Master, College of Conscious Sedation American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
There are many ways to enhance your smile. We have listed them here from simplest and most affordable to most complex and highest price along with advantages and risks and approximate fee. Braces and Invisilign in an orthodontic office can average $6,000 to $7,000.
For porcelain veneers $10,000 to $50,000. Alternatively you can go on the internet or to our StarSmiles Practice for Teeth Aligners, which are the digital retainers that Invisilign uses only for a third less than in an ortho office. We take a 3 D digital scan of your teeth and make the appliances for you. You will meet one of Dr. Starkey's Smile Development Assistants to help you stay on schedule. By eliminating the expensive orthodontic office you save money and appointment time.
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All your dental treatment needs met in one location
Michael A. Starkey, DDS MS and The Team