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.
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 porcleain 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.
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 are 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 a fluoridated toothpaste, and maintain your professional cleanings and exams. Veneers may chip over time; it is important that you wear a custom nightguard 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 does 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 make over, but they are expensive. Another option is dental bonding or composite veneers that are done in the office with 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!
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.
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 they 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 or your teeth and enhance the look of your smile.
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 appropriate 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!
Invisalign® is a modern alternative to straighten your teeth without wires or metal. Invisalign® involves 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 at Dentistry of Arizona in Surprise to teens and adults of all ages. Patients love seeing the changes week to week in their smile!
How long does Invisalign take?
The length of treatment time depends on the severity of your teeth. If you have a simple, straight forward 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 of Invisalign?
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 6 months of more will cost around $5500. Limited treatment of less than 6 months is around $4500. Our treatment coordinator is happy to discuss if your insurance will cover a portion and how to make treatment affordable.