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Cosmetic Dentistry

How to Remove Yellow Stains from Teeth

Most individuals will experience some degree of yellowing or discoloration on the teeth at some point in life. Even if you have taken excellent care of your teeth and do all the right things to maintain the best possible oral health, factors both within your control and outside your control can cause the teeth to develop a progressively yellow appearance. The natural aging process, tobacco use, and consuming common foods and beverages that contain staining agents over many years are factors that are largely responsible for this effect. With that in mind, it’s important to know that dental stains and discoloration can be successfully improved with advanced treatments designed to refresh and renew your smile with beautiful results.

Here are two of the most popular (and effective) ways to address signs of yellow stains on the teeth:

Teeth Whitening
Professional-grade teeth whitening treatments can provide significant improvement for teeth affected by mild to moderate levels of discoloration. An in-office procedure involves the application of powerful (yet safe) whitening agents to address stains that have developed deep within the enamel over a long period of time. A professional teeth whitening treatment at Scottsdale Smile Center is capable of making the teeth several shades lighter, ultimately reducing signs of discoloration and creating a whiter, healthier-looking smile. Our take-home kits can also provide effective teeth whitening, and contain stronger whitening agents when compared to many of the standard over-the-counter products available.

Porcelain Veneers
Some individuals may have particularly severe staining and discoloration of the teeth. In these cases, porcelain veneers can often serve as the ideal treatment option. Porcelain veneers are custom-designed dental restorations that are securely placed over the front and sides of the affected teeth. They are made to look exactly like natural teeth, and will ultimately serve to “hide” the stains behind cosmetic restorations that are color-tinted to produce a more refreshed look. Porcelain veneers can be exceptional options for patients with significantly noticeable yellowing and dark stains that have formed on the teeth, and they can last for decades with the proper care.

Both porcelain veneer treatments and teeth whitening procedures can be effective options on their own, or they can be part of a full smile makeover for comprehensive cosmetic dental rejuvenation. If you feel your smile has been aesthetically compromised by discoloration, please contact our dentists today to schedule a consultation. We will be happy to talk with you about the best options for your needs and goals.

Discreet Orthodontic Treatment for Adults

The thought of having to wear prominent metal appliances on the teeth for an extended period of time often makes the prospect of orthodontic treatment unappealing to adults who wish to correct teeth misalignment. Fortunately, there have been many innovations over the years that make it possible for both adult and adolescent patients to resolve common orthodontic concerns without compromising smile aesthetics during the treatment process.

Our dentists at Scottsdale Smile Center offer two popular options that can correct the appearance of misalignment, crowding, excessive spacing, and other issues in the most discreet way possible:

Invisalign®
Invisalign® is capable of straightening the teeth and even correcting mild to moderate bite irregularities without reliance on metal brackets and wires affixed to the teeth. Made of a translucent plastic material, Invisalign® is a flexible and removable orthodontic appliance designed to gradually correct misalignment by moving the teeth into a new position. The Invisalign® aligners are so thin and clear that it’s difficult to notice them when they are on the teeth, even at a close distance.

Porcelain Veneers
In some cases of teeth misalignment and crowding, ongoing orthodontic treatment may not be necessary. Cosmetic dental restorations such as porcelain veneers can be placed in areas exhibiting signs of spaces or a “crooked” appearance. These custom-designed restorations are attached to the front part of the teeth in the area targeted for treatment, and are color-matched to surrounding teeth to produce natural-looking results. In effect, porcelain veneers are able to “mask” certain types of orthodontic concerns and give the teeth a straighter, healthier look. These treatments typically require just two office visits and create results that can last years into the future.

In some cases, patients may choose to undergo a very short-term, limited Invisalign® treatment prior to receiving veneers. In many cases, going this route makes sense because it can reduce the number of veneers that may otherwise be necessary to achieve the same result. While not every patient is a candidate for this approach, many individuals appreciate a more conservative approach to treatment. Also, by reducing the number of veneers, sometimes Invisalign® treatment can reduce the overall, total treatment cost.

Are you considering orthodontic treatment? If so, please contact us today with any questions you may have, or to schedule a consultation. Our dentist can talk with you about your concerns and recommend the treatment option that is most ideal for your needs.

How to Fix a Chipped Tooth

Teeth that have been broken or “chipped” can have a significant aesthetic effect on your smile. In fact, even a small chip can be quite noticeable. Although the teeth are naturally strong and durable, they are certainly not impervious to harm. A traumatic injury or using the teeth to pry open a package/bottle are the most common ways to chip a tooth. Fortunately, individuals who experience this condition have several options that can effectively address a chipped tooth and restore its appearance. 

Some of the most popular treatments for chipped teeth include:

Porcelain Veneers 
Porcelain veneers are typically the most ideal options for teeth affected by chips and other aesthetic dental imperfections. A veneer is delicately and precisely designed to mimic the appearance of the natural tooth. This restoration covers the front surface of the affected tooth and “hides” the chip by recreating the tooth’s original shape and contour. Porcelain veneers are often the best treatment for chipped teeth because of their ability to produce natural-looking outcomes and results that can last for decades. 

Cosmetic Dental Bonding 
Another effective way to fix a chipped tooth is a treatment known as cosmetic dental bonding. This option utilizes special dental materials and techniques to rebuild the affected tooth and eliminate signs of the chip. Our dentist will carefully apply a tooth-colored resin to the tooth and shape it to restore its original appearance. Compared to porcelain veneers, cosmetic bonding does not produce results that last quite as long; however, the treatment can yield outcomes that last for several years with the proper care. 

Dental Crown 
If a chip is particularly severe, a dental crown may be recommended. Crowns are typically necessary when the damage is so significant that the health of the tooth is at risk. This restorative option is custom-designed to produce the most natural look, fit, and feel possible. Unlike porcelain veneers, dental crowns cover the entire tooth rather than just the front portion, which can ultimately prevent the tooth from additional deterioration. Our practice offers advanced CEREC® dental crowns, which can be designed, produced, and placed in a single appointment. 

To learn more about our cosmetic and restorative dentistry options, please contact Scottsdale Smile Center.

Teeth Whitening vs. Porcelain Veneers

shutterstock_136158827Brightening the shade of your teeth can be one of the fastest and easiest ways to enhance the overall appearance of your smile. Both teeth whitening and porcelain veneers procedures can effectively lighten the shade of your teeth and eliminate stains for a more vibrant, radiant smile.

At Scottsdale Smile Center, our bleaching and teeth whitening treatments involve the use of fitted trays and a professional grade whitening gel that you can wear as you sleep. Most patients see significant results in just two to four weeks. As an added benefit, teeth whitening can be one of the most cost-effective ways to boost the radiance of your smile.

Dental veneers can brighten your teeth by concealing any stains or discoloration with a thin layer of durable porcelain. In addition to the whitening benefits, porcelain veneers have the ability to improve the appearance of many other tooth imperfections, such as cracks, chips, gaps, damage, and even slight misalignments.

During the consultation process, one of our experienced cosmetic dentists – Dr. Don Chiappetti and Dr. Jonathan Coombs – can help you determine which procedure may best meet your individual goals. To learn more about teeth whitening or porcelain veneers, or to schedule a consultation at our office, please contact us today.

How Long do Porcelain Veneers Last?

shutterstock_121062757When properly cared for, high-quality porcelain veneers can last decades. While many dental veneers are made from a durable porcelain material, there are a number of additional factors that can influence the lifespan of your veneers, including:

  • Type of veneer
  • Quality of the laboratory in which the veneer is made
  • Skill of the ceramist
  • Bonding method
  • Skill and experience of your cosmetic dentist

Patients who are prone to clenching or grinding their teeth may consider wearing a night guard to help protect the veneers while they sleep. In addition, routine brushing and flossing as well as twice-yearly professional teeth cleanings from your dentist can help extend the lifespan of your veneers. Should a single dental veneer become damaged, it can usually be easily replaced without having to replace any others that remain in good shape.

At Scottsdale Smile Center, Dr. Jonathan Coombs and Dr. Don Chiappetti are highly skilled in custom-designing and placing porcelain veneers to achieve natural-looking, long-lasting results. If you have any further questions about porcelain veneers, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, please do not hesitate to contact our office today.

When Should I Consider Porcelain Veneers?

shutterstock_37981099 %282%29Porcelain veneers can conceal a wide range of common cosmetic concerns pertaining to one’s smile. If you have stains, tooth discoloration, chips, cracks, gaps, or broken teeth, Dr. Jonathan Coombs and Dr. Don Chiappetti can cover these perceived imperfections with thin layers of durable porcelain for results that both look and feel natural. In some cases, porcelain veneers can also be used to improve the appearance of mild tooth misalignment.

Prospective patients with severely damaged and/or misaligned teeth may not be ideal candidates for porcelain veneers. Additionally, those who have minor staining and discoloration may be better suited for something like teeth whitening. During the consultation process, your cosmetic dentist will be able to determine if porcelain veneers are right for you. If not, our practice offers a variety of other aesthetic and reconstructive dentistry options that may be able to more appropriately address your needs, including Invisalign® for teeth straightening, dental implants and crowns for tooth replacement, fillings for tooth repair, and much more.

For more information about porcelain veneers, or to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled and experienced dentists, please contact us today.