Guide to Cosmetic Dentistry in Scottsdale, AZ
If you are not very happy with the appearance of your teeth, you are not alone. However, you may have no idea of what services and products are available
today to improve the appearance of the teeth, the smile, and even the face.
Today, most children and adolescents have their teeth straightened as a matter of course. Not long ago, however, this was not quite so routine. Many adults have unattractively crooked teeth. With tools such as Invisilign and tooth-colored braces it is possible for adults to straighten their teeth without having to go around sporting obvious metal braces.
White teeth are a big part of Cosmetic Dentistry in Scottsdale, AZ. Teeth get stained and discolored as we pass through life. Dr. Poulos can offer effective bleaching treatments to restore teeth to their former lack of color.
Inlays, overlays and crowns
These assorted items are made out of ceramics or composite materials. They are custom-made for your teeth and then cemented into place. A crown completely covers a tooth. Crowns are often used for non-cosmetic procedures, but they are also ideal for covering up a particularly unsightly tooth. Inlays and overlays are used to cover up or repair parts of teeth and can restore a tooth to a more natural appearance and color.
Composite bonding acts functionally much as inlays and overlays do, but instead of being prepared off-site in a laboratory it is created in the My Scottsdale Dentist office. Dr. Poulos will apply a soft material to your tooth and sculpt it into place, restoring the appearance of the tooth. The material is then hardened with a special light.
Dental veneers are sort of in-between a full crown and an overlay. They are custom-made out of ceramics or composite materials off-site for your teeth. They are then bonded to the teeth. They cover up just the visible front portion of the tooth. Veneers can be applied to just one or two particularly unsightly teeth, or they can be applied to the entire mouth to create a lovely fresh, uniform look.
Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. They are implanted during a surgical procedure into the bone of the jaw. After the base of the implant heals, a permanent crown is constructed and attached to the base, replacing the missing tooth. Replacing missing teeth with implants not only improves the look of the teeth, it can improve the look of the face. Missing teeth can result in bone loss and collapse of the facial structure.
Often, in order to achieve the desired look, multiple procedures are necessary. For example, one person may need straightening, whitening, and a crown applied. Another person may need straightening and veneers. Some individuals may need the entire set of teeth replaced with implants (see our 4 in 1 services) in order to achieve the desired look. It depends on what cosmetic problems you have to start with.
If you’re not happy with your smile, make an appointment with us for an evaluation and suggestions. Contact us today.