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Cosmetic Dentistry

5 Things to Know Before a Smile Makeover

Smile-Makeover-WomanA Smile Makeover can be an ideal option for patients who have several cosmetic dental concerns they would like to address. This popular procedure involves a combination of aesthetic and/or restorative dental treatments that can produce a beautiful and comprehensive smile rejuvenation. Signs of staining and discoloration, chips and spaces between the teeth, missing teeth, misalignment, and asymmetrical gum tissue are some of the common conditions that can be improved as part of a Smile Makeover.

With all of this in mind, here are a few things to consider before undergoing a Smile Makeover:

A Smile Makeover Is a Valuable Investment in Your Appearance

Since a Smile Makeover typically involves a minimum of two cosmetic dentistry treatments, the procedure offers the opportunity to make a long-term investment in the appearance of your smile. Once you have been examined and you have decided on the ideal treatments to include in your Smile Makeover, our dentist will create a detailed treatment plan designed to meet your expectations. The goal is to produce a smile transformation that can last for many years with the proper care. As long as you follow our dentist’s recommended at-home oral hygiene routines and attend regularly scheduled follow-up appointments, the results of a Smile Makeover can be maintained for substantial periods of time.

Choosing a Skilled Cosmetic Dentist Is Key

The selection of the cosmetic dentist who will perform your Smile Makeover is one of the most important steps of the treatment process. Cosmetic dentists such as those on our team here at Scottsdale Smile Center have extensive experience with procedures that take dental health, function, and aesthetics into account. In addition to researching your prospective dentist’s background and credentials, you should also view before-and-after photos and read patient reviews. It can be very helpful to evaluate the results the dentist has been able to achieve for other patients.

Thorough Communication Is Important for Creating a Customized Smile Makeover Treatment Plan

The Smile Design and Makeover process is not one-size-fits-all by any means. In fact, the treatment is absolutely dependent on your unique needs, concerns, and goals. This makes it very important for you to honestly and thoroughly communicate all of your wishes regarding your expectations. Our dentist can certainly make recommendations based on the initial oral examination; however, by making sure he knows what you hope to accomplish, he is better able to provide a genuinely customized Smile Makeover that can achieve your goals.

Fostering an environment for open communication is a high priority here at Scottsdale Smile Center. In fact, we use several advanced technologies to enhance patient education and provide individuals with detailed information on the intricacies of their treatment plans. Our dentists utilize state-of-the-art digital imaging technology and cosmetic mock-ups to

explain what certain treatments can do and how they can affect one’s appearance. This is all part of the Smile Design process, allowing for a true collaboration between the patient and the dentist.

Treatment to Improve Your Oral Health May Be Necessary First

The health of your teeth and gums always comes first. In fact, it’s necessary to identify any problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, or other issues prior to performing any cosmetic treatments. Immediately addressing those concerns can ultimately help us create Smile Makeover results that last as long as possible.

Occasional Follow-Up Treatments May Be Necessary

While some Smile Makeover options, such as porcelain veneers and dental crowns, can last for decades with the proper care, others often need some routine “touch-ups” from time to time. This is particularly true of options such as teeth whitening, for which occasional follow-up treatments will be necessary to maintain brighter, whiter teeth for extended periods.

Smile Design and Makeover procedures can dramatically enhance smile aesthetics with results that have a positive effect on the entire facial appearance. If you would like to schedule a consultation for a Smile Design and Makeover procedure, please don’t hesitate to contact Scottsdale Smile Center today.

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.

Invisalign Vs. DIY Teeth Straightening

There have been many recent commercials and online advertisements for what’s known as “direct-to-consumer” options for teeth straightening. These do-it-yourself teeth alignment systems are designed for individuals to use at home, and often look similar to orthodontic appliances such as Invisalign®, which is the technique we offer here at Scottsdale Smile Center. We would like to take a moment to evaluate the many significant distinctions between Invisalign® and direct-to-consumer teeth straightening treatments, because these differences are very important when it comes to the treatment process and the potential results.

Invisalign® is an orthodontic treatment that is only available by prescription. The entire process is developed and supervised by one of our experienced dentists, which allows the final outcome to be more accurately predicted. Some DIY teeth straightening options may not require ongoing, in-person treatment monitoring by a dental or orthodontic professional. This lack of real-time oral evaluations can be a disadvantage in terms of obtaining clear, professional examinations of how the orthodontic treatment process is progressing. Unforeseen challenges and inefficiencies can arise during the treatment process, and if they are not addressed quickly, it could have a pronounced effect on the results. In addition, Invisalign® is able to treat other orthodontic concerns—such as mild to moderate overbite, underbite, and crossbite issues—whereas a direct-to-consumer option may not be designed to correct those types of problems.

DIY teeth straightening systems typically offer several benefits that can sound very enticing, and it’s certainly understandable why individuals feel they may be more convenient. However, we believe that Invisalign® is the best option when compared to those treatments, particularly for patients who are experiencing “rotated” teeth and/or conditions such as infections and cavities that require regular evaluation during the orthodontic treatment process. Most orthodontic cases involve crowding or overlapping teeth, which almost always requires a very precise procedure to slightly slenderize the crowded teeth prior to attempting to move them. This procedure is what creates just the right amount of space, so there is room for the crowded teeth to move into proper alignment. DIY orthodontics not only lack the expert supervision of a dentist, but without this slenderizing process, most people end up being very unhappy with the results of DIY orthodontics. While DIY orthodontics may slightly improve alignment in a handful of cases, at the end of treatment, most patients find that their teeth are still crowded.

Ultimately, in-person customization of the treatment plan and consistent monitoring to ensure the treatment is progressing as smoothly and effectively as possible can make a world of difference once the results begin to become noticeable!

To learn more about Invisalign® and other advanced treatments that can renew the appearance of your smile, please don’t hesitate to contact Scottsdale Smile Center today. We look forward to answering any questions you may have. We can also schedule an initial consultation with one of our dentists so that you can have a thorough oral evaluation and talk with him 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® 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.

How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?

smiling womanDo you often find yourself hesitant to smile because of chips, gaps, stains, and/or other perceived tooth imperfections? At Scottsdale Smile Center, Dr. Don Chiappetti and Dr. Jonathan Coombs offer porcelain veneers to help restore the function and aesthetics of our patients’ teeth. Bonded to the front of each affected tooth, porcelain veneers are custom-designed to conceal damage, discolorations, misalignments, and size inconsistencies with durable, natural-looking results that can last for years.

If you are considering porcelain veneers to enhance your smile, one of our experienced dentists can perform a thorough evaluation of your teeth to determine if this would be the most effective procedure for your specific needs and goals. Should you qualify as a good candidate, Drs. Chiappetti or Coombs will be able to provide a proper estimate of what the treatment may cost.

In general, the cost of porcelain veneers will depend on a variety of different factors, including the particular number of dental veneers necessary to achieve your goals. To help you cover the expense of your procedure, we offer long-term financing options via CareCredit® and Capital One® Financing, and our friendly staff will check to see if any part of your treatment may be covered by your dental insurance provider. For your convenience, we also accept cash, personal checks, and most major credit cards if you would like to pay without financial assistance. Ultimately, we strive to help make your procedure as affordable as possible.

To receive a personalized estimate for the cost of porcelain veneers, please contact us today to schedule an appointment.

What Are the Benefits of Porcelain Veneers?

porcelain veneersIf you are seeking a cosmetic dentistry treatment that can restore both form and function to your teeth, porcelain veneers may be an excellent option. Fabricated from durable ceramic material, porcelain veneers can be bonded to the outside of your teeth to conceal a number of common dental issues, including:

  • Chipped, cracked, and/or broken teeth
  • Stains and discolorations of the teeth
  • Gaps and spaces between the teeth
  • Crooked and/or misaligned teeth
  • Disproportionately-sized and/or worn-down teeth

Custom-designed to match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth, porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable once placed over the affected portion of the tooth. The procedure can typically be completed in just two dental visits, and the results have been known to last for several years – sometimes even decades. Additionally, they don’t require any extra care and maintenance apart from regular brushing, flossing, and routine teeth cleanings. Ultimately, porcelain veneers can provide an excellent, long-term smile restoration with natural-looking results.

For more information about porcelain dental veneers, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists – Dr. Jonathan Coombs and Dr. Don Chiappetti – please don’t hesitate to contact Scottsdale Smile Center today.

How Much Does a Smile Design Makeover Cost?

Are you self-conscious about your smile due to the aesthetics of your teeth and/or gums? At Scottsdale Smile Center, our experienced dentists, Dr. Jonathan Coombs and Dr. Don Chiappetti, provide various cosmetic and restorative dentistry options that can be combined to create a customized Smile Design makeover you’re proud to show off. Some of the most common smile design treatments include porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, gum reshaping, dental implants, and even Invisalign®.

If you are interested in receiving a Smile Design makeover, one of our dentists can evaluate your teeth and gums using advanced diagnostic technologies to identify specific treatments that may be most effective for your unique needs and goals. Based on the particular procedures recommended for ideal results, Drs. Coombs or Chiappetti will be able to provide a close estimate of what the entire treatment will likely cost.

To help you cover the cost of your Smile Design, we provide long-term financing options through Capital One® Financing and CareCredit® intended to make your treatment more affordable. Additionally, we will check with your dental insurance provider to help you determine if any part of the cost is covered on your plan. Should you choose to pay for your Smile Design without financial assistance, we also accept cash, checks, ATM cards, and most major credit cards.

For more personalized information about the cost of your Smile Design makeover and our available payment plans, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

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