Cutting the cost of cosmetic dentistry
Your smile does a lot. It can boost your mood, make you more attractive, and even improve your physical health. Best of all, it can make other people happy. A smile can brighten your day and everyone else’s, too.
DentalSave offers steep discounts on whitening, veneers, crowns, and every other dental treatment
These days, you don’t have to settle for the smile you have. Cosmetic dentistry can correct the effects of genetics, time, and wear, whitening, straightening, and repairing your teeth and giving you the confidence to show them off.
Cosmetic treatments can be expensive, and insurance doesn’t often cover them. But a DentalSave membership can put a better smile within reach.
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry includes a wide range of treatments aimed at improving the appearance of your teeth and smile. It’s not entirely about looks—cosmetic dentistry treatments can repair tooth damage and improve function, too.
Many people associate cosmetic dentistry with teeth whitening and porcelain veneers and crowns, but cosmetic dentists also repair chipped teeth, place tooth-colored fillings, and even replace teeth altogether with implants or dentures. Cosmetic dentistry interests with other dental specialties like orthodontics, prosthodontics, and periodontics.
Cosmetic dentistry isn’t a recognized dental specialty in its own right, but professional organizations like the American Academic of Cosmetic Dentists establish standards for ethical practice and provide training in cosmetic dentistry techniques.
All kinds of people get cosmetic dentistry procedures for all kinds of reasons. Some simply want the confidence that comes with having a better, brighter smile.
How do I pay for cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry procedures range in price, from professional whitening that runs a few hundred collars to crowns that cost more than $1,000 per tooth.
If you have dental insurance, you may find your plan offers very limited coverage for cosmetic procedures. Insurers seldom pay for treatments deemed mostly about looks—if a treatment doesn’t directly improve tooth function or health, it may not be covered.
Even if your insurance company pays, most dental insurance plans cap total reimbursements at just $1,000-2,000 per year. That means you’ll likely end up paying much of your costs out of pocket.
Fortunately, you have options. Discount plans like DentalSave can make cosmetic dentistry affordable.
How much can I save?
DentalSave is not insurance. It’s a membership-based plan that provides access to top dentists who offer steep discounts on treatments, usually saving members 25-50 percent.
Think of it like a warehouse club: You pay and annual membership of $99 for an individual ($165 or a couple or $199 for a family of three or more) and immediately save every time you see a participating dentist. Anyone can join.
DentalSave discounts can have a big impact on the costs of cosmetic dentistry. Consider these sample costs for select cosmetic treatments:
|Treatment||Regular cost||DentalSave cost|
|Resin composite inlays||$872-940||$479.50-517|
|Resin composite onlays||$950-1,024||$522.50-563|
|Labial veneer (resin laminate)||$872-940||$479.50-517|
|Resin composite inlays||$667||$367|
|Labial veneer (porcelain laminate)||$1,191||$655|
DentalSave members also save money on preventive exams, cleanings, and every other dental treatment—membership often pays for itself in just one routine dental visit. Membership also includes discounts on vision care, hearing care, and prescription medications at no additional charge.
Where do I find a cosmetic dentist?
You can do what many folks do and rely on word of mouth or web searches. Or you can use DentalSave’s dentist search tools to quickly locate a participating dentist in your community (or to see if your current dentist accepts DentalSave.
All our dentists are state certified, fully insured, and reviewed by our members. They’re among the best in the business.
Once you find a cosmetic dentist, talk to them about your overall goals, any specific treatments you’re interested in, and their professional memberships or certifications. A great dentist can give you the smile you’ve always wanted.