What is cosmetic dentistry?
Patients looking for a Phoenix area cosmetic dentist who are unhappy with broken or stained teeth, or unsightly gaps in their smiles, may visit our Glendale, AZ cosmetic dentist to improve their appearance.
Some examples of cosmetic dentistry include:
- Bleaching, which is whitening the teeth to create a brighter smile
- Tooth reshaping, which involves removing some of the outer layer enamel to change the size or shape of the tooth
- Veneers, also called porcelain laminates, that the cosmetic dentist places to cloe gaps
- Bite reclamation, which reshapes the teeth to correct damage sustained from grinding (Bruxism) or acid reflux
In the past, these procedures were performed with gold and other metals; the materials used in today’s cosmetic dentistry procedures not only make teeth look more natural, but are also stronger and more effective because of developments in adhesive bonding. Porcelain has become the standard material in veneers and crowns, while resin and other bonding agents secure the dental work without compromising the health of the underlying teeth.
How long does cosmetic dentistry take?
A typical visit to a cosmetic dentist takes 1-2 hours, but some procedures require more time. For example, bleaching can be done in one visit, but reshaping and veneers might require follow-up visits.
As cosmetic dentistry techniques become more efficient, they’ve also become more affordable. Costs can run in the hundreds or even thousands, but many dental insurance plans will cover at least some of those costs. Other financing plans may also be available.
Good oral hygiene and healthy habits can prevent much of the wear and tear on teeth. But if you want to change your appearance and raise your self-confidence, our Glendale AZ cosmetic dentists are here to help. We work with you to find the right procedures to restore your smile.
Cosmetic Dentistry at AZ Family Dental
The dental industry has had some remarkable advances in recent years. In times past, dentists in Phoenix and beyond were very limited as to what they could use that would actually provide a lasting and consistent restoration in a patient’s mouth. This has greatly changed as cements and materials have drastically improved. The greatest of these advances have been in tooth-colored restorations that can give you that Hollywood Smile!
We at AZ Family Dental enjoy learning about the new advances in dentistry and how we can provide our patients with more beautiful smiles. Whether it is by white fillings, all porcelain crowns, or veneers we are able to transform someone’s smile and image with strong and reliable materials.
Some of the conditions that cosmetic dentistry can treat:
- Fill in gaps between teeth
- Change the size, shape, and contour of existing teeth
- Remove stains or lighten color of teeth
- Repair chipped or broken teeth
- Replace missing teeth
- Correct or adjust bite
“One of my greatest experiences in dentistry was when a new patient of mine asked me to fix a broken front tooth of hers. The tooth had been broken for years and when I was finished she cried because she felt she could smile again. It was then that I realized the power of cosmetic dentistry and a healthy smile.”