Cosmetic Dentistry

Build Confidence through your smile

A beautiful smile is one of the most sought-after cosmetic features in the world. People from all backgrounds and professions want a bright, straight smile, and we are here to help turn that desire into reality. Whether through minor adjustments or major treatment plans, our cosmetic dentistry practice aims to improve your smile and help you build confidence in the way your teeth look.

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What are dental veneers?

Porcelain Veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve the appearance of your smile. If you have misshapen, crooked, or uneven teeth, veneers are a wonderful option to enhance your smile. Veneers are porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of the teeth and create an ideal shape, length, and color of your smile. Veneers cover esthetic problems like small fractures, worn edges of the teeth, discoloration, or gaps between the teeth.

Visit us at Dentistry of Arizona in Surprise to discuss if veneers are an option for you to makeover your smile. We recommend this treatment to anyone experiencing discoloration that cannot be fixed with whitening or if your teeth are damaged. Porcelain veneers are also an option if you’re unhappy with the shape or look of your natural teeth.
Veneers in Surprise, AZ - Dentistry of Arizona
Veneers in Surprise, AZ - Dentistry of Arizona

We use high-quality materials for our veneers

The most common material for veneers is porcelain. We used a local skilled lab in Tempe, Arizona to fabricate our custom veneers. Porcelain is the best way to correct discolored, misshapen, or chipped teeth to give a long-lasting, beautiful result.
How long do veneers last?

Veneers can last several years when they are maintained. It is important to floss daily, brush at least twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste, and maintain your professional cleanings and exams. Veneers may chip over time; it is important that you wear a custom night guard while you sleep to protect your veneers and prevent chipping. Veneers last around 10 years and may need to be replaced over time.

How much DO veneers cost?

Veneers are a cosmetic procedure and are typically not covered by insurance. If insurance does happen to cover them, they are about $800 per tooth. If insurance does not cover them, they are around $1300 per tooth. Porcelain veneers have the best esthetic result for a smile makeover, but they are expensive. Another option is dental bonding or composite veneers that are done in the office with a tooth-colored filling material. They do not last as long as porcelain veneers, may stain over time, but are about half the price of porcelain veneers. Dr. Ewell is excited to talk to you about your esthetic options and to help you have a smile you are proud of. Schedule an appointment with us at Dentistry of Arizona in Surprise to find out how we can get you the smile of your dreams!

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If you are missing teeth, dentures can provide a positive solution to improving your oral health. We are proud to provide dentures that are designed to fit your mouth for proper function and unique comfort. Following your appointment, we will provide you with information on at-home care for your dentures. We strongly recommend scheduling follow-up appointments for periodic denture cleanings.
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Porcelain Crowns in Surprise, AZ - Dentistry of Arizona


Getting porcelain crowns is the best way to have a very natural looking smile. They are used when simply filling in a tooth is not an option. There are times when the decay is so large that a filling would not be helpful to the tooth - instead, we need to do a full-coverage porcelain crown. We also use them with severely damaged teeth or teeth that have already had multiple fillings.
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped covers or caps that are placed over damaged or weakened teeth to recover their natural appearance and prevent further deterioration. Tooth crowns are used when teeth are chipped or broken, after a root canal procedure to cover the exposed area of a tooth, for cosmetic reasons, or to replace an old filling. Crowns will provide a long-term solution to improving the function of your teeth and enhancing the look of your smile.
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Our Dentistry of Arizona in Surprise crowns are made by a skilled local lab in Tempe, Arizona. They are custom-made to fit your tooth. During your first visit, you are numbed and comfortable. The tooth is shaped appropriately for the crown and an impression is taken. The lab will make a porcelain crown from this impression. You will wear a temporary crown while the lab makes your final crown. The temporary crown is used to protect the tooth. Dental cement is used to bond your final crown to your tooth. Your tooth is now fully restored to a healthy and functional state!
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Invisalign in Surprise, AZ - Dentistry of Arizona


Invisalign® and Clear Correct are modern alternatives to straighten your teeth without wires or metal. They involve a series of custom trays designed specifically for you and the plan your dentist or orthodontist creates to move your teeth. The trays are made from a smooth plastic that covers your teeth and gradually moves them into place. We offer Invisalign and Clear Correct at Dentistry of Arizona in Surprise to teens and adults of all ages. Patients love seeing the changes week to week in their smiles!

FREQUENTLY asked questions on invisalign and Clear Correct

How long does Invisalign take?

The length of treatment time depends on the severity of your teeth. If you have a simple, straightforward case, treatment may be done in 3-6 months. if we are resolving multiple issues, treatment may take as long as two years. We may do refinements to get ideal results. Dr. Ewell is happy to do a consultation to determine if Invisalign is the right option for you and how long we can anticipate treatment.

How does Invisalign work?
  • At your first appointment, we will do a consultation to determine if Invisalign is the right option for you. We will examine your teeth, crowding, misalignment, and spaces in your teeth. We will take photographs and a panoramic X-ray.
  • If you are a candidate for Invisalign, we will take impressions to send to Invisalign. Dr. Ewell will formulate a treatment plan using modern computer software. You will get to see the generated smile design at your next appointment!
  • At the insertion appointment, we will show you the computer design of your final smile. We will place tooth-colored buttons on some of the teeth. These buttons will help anchor to the trays and have a unique geometry to them to help move your teeth in an ideal way. We may need to gently polish in between the teeth to help them move more easily. We do not need to do any numbing for this. We will give you a series of trays and show you how to put them in and take them out.
  • We will see you about once a month to monitor your progress and give you new trays.
Can I do Smile Direct Club instead?

Direct-to-consumer aligners have gained popularity in recent years due to convenience and economical cost. We strongly urge our patients to avoid doing any at-home orthodontics because we have seen heartbreaking damage to the tooth or jawbone as a result. Although there is a dentist "behind the scenes" monitoring your case, you do not get to see a trained and qualified doctor in person regularly. Regular check-ins during Invisalign allow Dr. Ewell to maintain that the teeth are moving the way they should, that the jawbone is healthy and excessive bone loss is not occurring, that the teeth are healthy and cavity-free, and that we are moving the teeth in an appropriate way. We have often seen patients with jaw joint issues, bone loss issues, or severely decayed teeth after at-home aligners and need to do extra, more expensive dental work to resolve the issues.

How much does Invisalign cost?

Full-treatment of clear aligner therapy to address a variety of issues will cost around $5500.

Limited treatment to address minimal issues is around $4500.

Our treatment coordinator is happy to discuss if your insurance covers orthodontics treatment. We are contracted with most major PPOs.

We also participate with Care Credit to help finance treatment.

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Dental Fillings in Surprise, AZ - Dentistry of Arizona


Composite fillings are a common solution to tooth decay or small cracks. A composite filling is a tooth-colored resin and glass mixture used to restore decayed or mildly broken teeth. This procedure is also utilized for cosmetic improvements of the smile by fixing any discoloration or reshaping any disfigured teeth. At Dentistry of Arizona, we only use esthetic tooth-colored fillings as opposed to silver fillings.

Dental Bonding can be done as a cosmetic procedure when there isn't decay to amplify the beauty of your smile. Dental bonding is less expensive than porcelain veneers if you want to improve your esthetics while on a budget.

The process of dental bonding can be used to fix the following dental problems:

  • Fix chipped or cracked teeth
  • Correct the appearance of discolored teeth
  • To close gaps between teeth
  • To make the teeth look longer
  • To alter the shape of the teeth
  • As a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings
  • As a budget-friendly alternative to porcelain veneers
  • To protect a tooth's root that has been exposed
Dental bonding and fillings in Surprise, AZ may or may not require anesthesia. The use of anesthesia is usually not required unless the bonding is being used to fill cavities. Dr. Ewell, your Surprise, AZ dentist will closely match the color of the composite bonding to your existing teeth to get a natural, beautiful appearance.
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Teeth Whitening in Surprise, AZ - Dentistry of Arizona


A common request we receive is how to make a smile whiter and brighter. This is a relatively simple and quick treatment option that can be performed periodically. Certain foods and beverages, such as wine and coffee, stain the teeth and contribute to discoloration. The teeth whitening process provides a solution that lightens the shade of the teeth. Additionally, the process actually rids the teeth of plaque and tartar that tend to lead to dental problems. We offer a variety of non-invasive whitening solutions including custom whitening trays and convenient pre-filled trays that can be used at home.
What is the best whitener for your teeth?

Everyone's teeth respond differently to various whitening products. Over-the-counter whitening products that contain carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide are safe and moderately effective. It is best to avoid highly abrasive whitening toothpastes because they can accidentally remove tooth enamel if used longer than 4 weeks. If you are dissatisfied with the results of over-the-counter whitening, professional products may be more effective. We offer both custom whitening trays with gel and pre-filled trays with professional strength carbamide peroxide. To help with comfort and decrease sensitivity, our Opalescence whitening features potassium nitrate and fluoride. Both Dr. Allen Ewell and Dr. Elizabeth Ewell use Opalescence gel twice per year to maintain their white smiles while minimizing tooth sensitivity.

Is tooth whitening bad for your teeth?

In general, tooth whitening is safe for most patients when not done in excess. However, over whitening can result in hyper-translucency of the teeth and the teeth will take on a gray appearance. Using an over the counter or professional whitening product 2-3 times per year is typically a safe and reasonable frequency to maintain a white smile.Highly abrasive whitening toothpastes should not be used more than 4 weeks at a time. Abrasive whitening toothpaste works by buffing off surface stains. Overuse can result in accidental removal of your enamel. If a toothpaste feels gritty or sandy, it is more abrasive and should be used sparingly.

How can I make my teeth whiter naturally?

There are a few ways to keep your teeth looking healthy and white naturally:
- Healthy oral hygiene habits: Use an electric toothbrush twice per day and floss once per day! Brushing regularly removes yellow, fuzzy plaque from the surface of your teeth. You may also use a whitening toothpaste, but it is best not to use them for longer than 4 weeks at a time to ensure it doesn't over-abrade your enamel.
- Drink water after consuming high-stain drinks and foods: After you enjoy coffee, red wine, or berries, drink some water to rinse away the highly pigmented food and drink.
- Brush with a baking soda and hydrogen peroxide paste: Baking soda helps remove tooth surface stains due to its mildly abrasive nature and hydrogen peroxide is a natural whitener. When you mix these two together you get the perfect tooth whitening solution! Take one tablespoon of baking soda and two tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide. Mix both the contents, and you’ll end up with a paste. Use this paste to brush your teeth regularly. It’s not magic; you wouldn’t get super shiny teeth just after one session. Use this paste daily, and you’ll eventually start to see the difference.

How do dentists whiten teeth?

At Dentistry of Arizona in Surprise, AZ, we whiten teeth by using Opalescence's pre-filled whitening trays or custom trays with whitening gel. Both products are safe, comfortable, and highly effective for most patients. Opalescence features professional strength carbamide peroxide with potassium nitrate and fluoride to help decrease whitening sensitivity. Everyone's teeth have a natural range of how much they can be whitened with whitening products. If you have tried professional whitening and still desire a brighter smile, the next step would be porcelain veneers or crowns.

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Experience a Refreshing Approach to Dentistry

If you have any questions or are ready to schedule a visit with Dr. Allen Ewell and Dr. Elizabeth Ewell, your Surprise, Arizona dentists at Dentistry of Arizona, don't hesitate to reach out. Give us a call today or conveniently request an appointment online. We look forward to assisting you!
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