If you're considering bleaching, porcelain veneers, or any other type of cosmetic dentistry work you should know that there is a difference between general dentists and cosmetic dentists. Unfortunately, many people are forced to learn this lesson the hard way. Currently, cosmetic dentistry isn't a legally recognized specialty. This means that the field is unregulated. There is no accreditation or certification for cosmetic dentistry. Basically, as long as you graduate from dental school you can call yourself a cosmetic dentist.

In many cases, cosmetic dentistry is more art than science. The majority of dentists who claim to do beautiful work are genuinely nice people. However, in many cases the beauty of their work is only in their own minds and not in the eyes of patients who have to live with the product of their work 24-7. True cosmetic dentists have an extra spark of creativity that many general dentists lack. In fact, some estimates state that of the all the dentists that claim to be cosmetic dentists, only 1-2% truly have the skills necessary to produce beautiful work.

If you think about it, you can give 100 people a blank piece of paper and a box of crayons. Everyone knows how to color right? We all have acquired the skills for that. However, after everyone has drawn their picture there will probably only be a handful of drawings that you would consider to be true works of art. I sometimes like to compare cosmetic dentistry to some of the contestants you'll find in the early elimination stages of American Idol. In their own heads they think they have a beautiful voice but no one ever picks them to go to Hollywood.

You'll want to keep this in mind while looking at the different cosmetic dentistry prices available. Cosmestic dentists will charge according to what they think their skills are worth. Also, beautiful cosmetic dentistry requires expensive equipment and materials. You should definitely be leery of super cheap cosmetic dentistry prices. Also, to make matters worse, high quality fees do not always equate to high quality work. However, if you want a smile done right you should expect to pay at least $1000 to $2000 per tooth. You should use this information to help you budget, not to find the cheapest cosmetic dentist possible.

If you look at the prices available you'll probably find that veneers range from $500 to $2000 per tooth. Porcelain crowns are a bit more expensive and usually range from $750 to $2500. If you have misaligned teeth there is a new technique available called Invisalign which uses clear plastic mouthpieces to move them into a more normal position. Costs range from $2500 to $5000 depending on the number of mouthpieces needed and the time required for treatment.

If you want the job done right you'll probably have to save up a lot of money for any type of cosmetic dentistry procedure. However, there are many cosmetic dentistry financing options available that can make things more affordable.