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Cosmetic Dentistry

cosmetic dentistry tempe arizonaEnjoying a beautiful smile isn’t reserved for just the rich and famous. In fact, our team at Beautiful Dentistry believes that everyone is worthy of a stunning and attractive smile. For this reason, we offer a variety of cosmetic services and treatments to help residents of our area feel and look their best. A smile says a lot about a person; and an imperfect smile can take a toll on one’s self-esteem and mood. When providing smile makeovers, Dr. Heap and our team strive to produce more than just beautiful results; we aim to change lives. Some of our most popular services include professional teeth whitening, bonding, porcelain veneers and enamel shaping.

Teeth Whitening

Having white teeth can make a dramatic difference in your appearance. People tend to associate white smiles as healthy, youthful and vibrant. Beautiful Dentistry provides powerful whitening services from our practice. We utilize safe yet strong bleaching gels that penetrate the enamel surface of teeth so that deep, permanent stains can be bleached away. Most patients achieve dramatic results in just one treatment; but others may require follow up treatments or take-home kits to achieve their desired results. When performing whitening services, we use shade indicators before and after treatment to demonstrate the effectiveness to our patients.

Cosmetic Bonding and Porcelain Veneers

Cosmetic bonding and porcelain veneers are two different methods for concealing smile flaws and imperfections. Bonding involves applying composite resin – a tooth-colored compound – over the teeth to hide chips, cracks and jagged edges. Sometimes bonding might be used to cover intrinsic and extrinsic discoloration. Veneers, on the other hand, are custom cosmetic enhancements made from high-quality pieces of porcelain. These razor-thin, custom-made shells are cemented over the outside of teeth to produce a perfectly straight, white and uniform smile.

Enamel Shaping

Enamel shaping is a non-invasive and non-surgical method for improving the appearance, texture and feel of teeth. This treatment is also referred to as contouring and involves smoothing out the grooves and pits of teeth to diminish noticeable jagged or rough edges, as well as to reduce the visibility of chips and cracks. Enamel shaping can also improve oral health, since bacteria tend to collect on the pits and fissures of teeth. Smooth surfaces are not only beautiful, but also easy to keep clean.

To learn more about cosmetic dentistry, call our practice to reserve a smile makeover consultation with Dr. Heap.

Common Question

Cosmetic dentistry is a specialty practice area that focuses on enhancing the smile’s aesthetics. A beautiful smile is one in which the teeth are properly aligned and proportionate to one another in terms of size, as well as relatively white in shade. However, very few people naturally have an attractive smile due to issues like staining, developmental issues or damage to teeth. Cosmetic dentistry can help patients overcome these problems with a number of interventions that improve upon the appearance of your teeth.

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that slides atop a biological tooth. This restoration is typically used to repair teeth that have been damaged by a large cavity in which a significant amount of biological tooth material must be removed to eliminate the decay. Dental crowns are also placed as components of a dental bridge that hold the pontic (artificial tooth) in place. These restorations may be made of porcelain (including porcelain fused to metal for extra strength), metal or composite materials.

A veneer is a thin, tooth-shaped shell that is bonded on top of your natural tooth to conceal defects like chips, cracks or deep stains. These highly versatile devices may also be used to create the illusion of proper alignment in slightly crooked teeth or to make an undersized tooth look bigger so that it fits in with its neighbors. Veneers are often made of porcelain, which is quite strong when bonded to the teeth, and they can be customized to blend in with the rest of your natural teeth.

Some patients do complain of increased tooth sensitivity following teeth whitening treatments, so if you’re already susceptible to this problem, teeth whitening could exacerbate it. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to give up your dreams of whiter teeth! Your dentist can work with you to develop a plan to minimize any sensitivity that you might experience, which may include switching to a specially formulated toothpaste or reducing the frequency of your tooth whitening treatments.

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