Affordable Smiles Tucson • Affordable Cosmetic Dentistry
Do you want to improve your smile?
Cosmetic dentistry is very common today, from whitening teeth and shaping to closing spaces and replacing teeth. There are a wide array of tools and techniques available to your dentist for improving the look of your smile. Dr. Van Cleve has taken numerous continuing education courses on cosmetic dental techniques, which has enhanced his skills in cosmetic dentistry. In addition to his cosmetic training, he has many years of experience perfecting these techniques, so you can be confident that whatever dental cosmetic treatment you choose, you will get a wonderful outcome and a fantastic smile.
Some cosmetic procedures are covered by insurance, depending on the cosmetic procedure.
Common cosmetic dental procedures
Over time, teeth can become stained or discolored, especially after smoking, taking certain medications, or consuming foods and beverages such as coffee and tea. Using a chemical process, Dr. Van Cleve can bleach your teeth in one of two ways. He can do an in-office procedure, or provide you with a system to use at home. In office whitening is only preferred for a fast result, as it's longevity is not as effective as the custom tray, at home teeth bleaching. In-office whitening takes place in one or more 1- to 2-hour visits at the dental office. At home whitening can take two to four weeks, or longer depending on the strength of peroxide used. A custom mouthpiece tray is created, ensuring the right amount of whitening solution reaches your teeth. Keep in mind, your teeth can become stained again if you continue exposing them to the same substances that originally stained them. Because whitening products are not meant to clean teeth, it is still important to continue practicing daily oral hygiene by brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash daily.
Bonding may improve how your teeth look if they have excess space between them, or if they are chipped, broken, stained, or cracked. Dentists also use bonding materials to fill small cavities or to protect the exposed root of a tooth. The dentist can usually do this procedure in a single office visit by applying an etching solution followed by tooth-colored materials, sometimes composite resins, directly to the tooth's surface where needed. Although bonding can last for several years, it is more likely than other types of restorations to chip or become stained or just wear down.
Dental Veneers, made from porcelain or resin, cover the front side of the tooth, changing the color and/or shape. Veneers last longer than bonding and have a superior appearance. Veneers can improve teeth that:
- Have spaces between them
- Have become worn or chipped
- Are permanently stained
- Are poorly shaped
- Are slightly crooked
Dental Crowns are sometimes called caps. A crown completely covers a tooth, restoring a normal shape and appearance. While many think of crowns as strictly restorative dentistry, they also are used for cosmetic reasons. You may be getting a crown for restorative reasons, but you will want it to look as natural as possible, giving you the best possible smile. Crowns can be used to
- Cover a misshapen or discolored tooth
- Protect a weak tooth
- Restore a broken or worn tooth
- Cover a tooth with a large filling
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a tooth that's had a root canal procedure