With a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry services, achieving the smile you’ve always dreamed of is more attainable than ever with Friends and Family Dental. We provide everything from routine teeth whitenings and dental veneers, to dental implants, enamel shaping, and more. Contact us today to discuss your cosmetic dentistry needs and start the journey to your ideal smile.

Whether you want your teeth whiter, straighter, or have chips filled in, cosmetic dentistry is a great way to achieve your ideal smile. While cosmetic dentistry services are usually an aesthetic choice a patient makes, rather than an essential upkeep service to maintain healthy teeth, many cosmetic dentistry services can have restorative benefits as well.

Difference Between General and Cosmetic Dentistry

While regular check-ups with Dr. Lee will help you achieve some cosmetic goals, like whiter and healthier teeth that will minimize future decay and restorative needs, a general dentist may not be able to address all of your concerns. Depending on what your end goal is, cosmetic dentistry has a wide array of services that can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.

Cosmetic dentists have all the training as general dentists, but with some more skills acquired along the way. Where a general dentist might stop treatment when the full set of teeth are functioning and healthy, a cosmetic dentist will go the extra mile to ensure your teeth align with what you envision your perfect smile to be. If you think cosmetic dentistry will help you achieve your dream smile, read on to learn about what services we offer our Phoenix and Glendale patients.

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Types of Cosmetic Dentistry

There are many kinds of cosmetic dentistry services we offer our patients at Friends and Family Dental. We provide everything from simple teeth whitenings to more complex services, like dental bonding and implants. Below are some of the most popular services we provide, but if what you need isn’t on the list, don’t worry—we will work with you to get you the smile you’ve always wanted.

Teeth Whitening

This is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry Who doesn’t want a bright, white smile? Teeth whitening is a painless and relatively quick treatment that, when repeated a few times, can have beautiful results and erase years of stains. This easy procedure can be done at Dr. Lee’s office and will leave you with sparkling, pearly whites.

Dental Veneers

From crooked and cracked teeth, to damaged enamel or noticeable gaps between two teeth, veneers can solve a number of aesthetic issues. Veneers are typically made from medical-grade ceramic or a composite resin (plastic) and are applied to the front of the tooth using a dental adhesive.

Enamel Shaping

Even if you have straight teeth, they might not be straight across the bottom or the tooth shape you’d like, which is where enamel shaping can help. This cosmetic dentistry service is an easy, quick, and painless process; since only a small amount of the tooth enamel is removed, you won’t have to undergo anesthetic, and is usually completed in under an hour.

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Dental Bonding

The most common uses of dental bonding are to fix a chipped or discolored tooth, but it can also be used to make teeth look longer or to fill in gaps between teeth. A tooth-colored composite resin (plastic) is applied to the area, then molded and smoothed to match your other teeth’s color and shape. Once it’s hardened with a UV light, Dr. Lee will continue smoothing and refining it to ensure a seamless look with your other teeth. This process is painless and has a variety of uses in cosmetic dentistry. It can help restore a smile, or create a new picture-perfect smile.

Gum Grafting

This is a common cosmetic dentistry procedure and is also frequently used in periodontal therapy. If your gums have receded, you may want a gum grafting procedure to restore your gums natural look. With this surgery, Dr. Lee removes healthy gum tissue from one area of the mouth and then places it where the gums have receded.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are covers for teeth and are typically used when a tooth has severe decay, is worn down and weakened, or to cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth. A crown can restore a tooth’s strength, size, function, and look. Crowns can be created from a number of different materials like ceramics, composite resin (plastic), and metal alloys, but are usually made to blend in with other teeth depending on the area of application.

Inlays and Onlays

If your tooth has significant decay that’s too much for a filling, but not severe enough for a crown, dental inlays and onlays might be the right option for you. These are placed similarly to crowns, but less of your natural tooth has to be drilled and removed when getting an inlay or onlay. Inlays cover a smaller amount tooth decay that doesn’t reach the cusps, whereas onlays do extend to the cusp and possibly to the chewing area of the tooth, depending on the area of decay.

Dental Implants

When a patient has lost a tooth, dental implants are typically the option Dr. Lee will recommend for a replacement that creates a near-seamless look. For a dental implant, a titanium screw is first inserted into the bone socket of the missing tooth. When the jawbone heals, it bonds with the titanium screw, creating a permanent and sturdy base for the crown that’s specifically created and shaped to match your other teeth.

At Friends and Family dental, your comfort is our top priority. With dental implants, we ensure the area is fully numbed before we start our procedure and provide out-patient recommendations for the most comfortable experience.

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Crown Lengthening Surgery

If you think your smile looks too “gummy” or if your gums cover too much real estate on your tooth, a crown lengthening surgery might be the solution for you. During this procedure, Dr. Lee will remove the excess parts of your gum to expose more of your tooth. He will then go through and reshape your gums to ensure your new smile looks just right.

Other Options

If what you’re looking to have done isn’t on this list, contact us to see what other options and services we can provide you. We strive to help all of our patients with their cosmetic dentistry needs and will work with you to find a solution that will achieve your dream smile.

Professional Cosmetic Dentistry Services in Phoenix

With nearly three decades of experience in cosmetic dentistry, Friends and Family Dental is a choice you can feel confident about. Whether you simply need a teeth whitening, or something more intensive like dental implants, we have the skills and confidence to ensure your smile is in good hands. If you need cosmetic dental services, contact us today.