How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Dramatically Enhance Your Appearance

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How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Dramatically Enhance Your Appearance

family portrait displaying benefits of cosmetic dentistry

It’s that time of year where family Christmas cards are expected. Although there is a part of you that wants to show off your beautiful family, you dread having to smile for the camera. You wonder how many years you can get away with just sharing a picture of the kids. Or maybe this year you can pose in such a way that your smile doesn’t have to be displayed.

Does this mental rundown sound all too familiar? If you are one of the ones who avoid smiling for pictures year after year due to the appearance of your smile – rest assured you are not alone. The good news is there are options available to help improve the look of your smile so you can have the confidence of displaying it for all to see.

Our dentists at Every Smile in Chandler, AZ offer a host of cosmetic dentistry treatments and orthodontics that are designed to help individuals enhance their appearance. Continue reading to learn some of the most popular treatments available, or contact us today online or by calling (480) 732-7874 to schedule your consultation.

Missing Teeth?

Tooth loss can occur from a number of factors, such as facial trauma, a bad fall, or simply from severe tooth decay. No matter the reason or how significant the tooth loss, missing teeth can negatively impact your appearance and self-confidence. As times goes on, unaddressed tooth loss can also lead to other serious issues that may require more extensive dental work.

At Every Smile, we offer dental implants and customized restorations to replace missing teeth. Whether you are missing one tooth or an entire row of teeth, we have what you need to restore your smile back to full function. Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed into your jawbone. As they integrate with surrounding tissues, they will become a natural part of your jawbone and provide a firm foundation for either a dental crown, dental bridge, or denture.

Have Stained Teeth?

How to achieve a brighter smile is one of the more commonly asked questions at dental offices today. Though enamel is durable, over time it can start to yellow and stain, making your pearly whites not so bright. This is typically the result of age, genetics, and the foods and beverages you consume. When dental staining and discoloration have only affected the outer layer of your tooth, we recommend professional teeth whitening. For this treatment, the dentist will take impressions of your smile so that customized trays can be designed. Once they are completed, you will be sent home with a whitening gel that should be used in combination with your trays. For the most effective results, trays should be worn overnight or at least 30 minute a day. Professional teeth whitening provides faster results than over-the-counter options, and limits your risk for dental sensitivity and gum irritation.

Want a Straighter Smile?

Crooked and unevenly spaced teeth are harder to hide than some other cosmetic imperfections, and can affect adults just as much as adolescents, perhaps even more so. We understand that as an adult, traditional metal braces may not be a viable option for your budget, lifestyle, or timeframe. In such cases, we offer Invisalign®. This orthodontic solution uses clear aligners to gradually shift teeth into proper alignment. Because they are made from clear plastic and fit closely against your teeth, they are virtually invisible. Some of the other great benefits include:

  • Easy maintenance
  • Removability of aligners
  • No food restrictions
  • More comfortable than traditional braces

The average timeline is completed in about 12 to 15 months, but will depend on the severity of your misalignment and how diligently you wear your aligners.

Have a Variety of Imperfections?

If you have teeth that are severely stained, crooked, unevenly spaced, or chipped – we offer veneers. Made from thin porcelain, these customized shells will bond to the front of your tooth to conceal a variety of blemishes. Each shell will be shade-matched to your natural enamel, and fabricated to blend with the aesthetics of your smile. To achieve even more dramatic results, you can undergo teeth whitening beforehand.

Renew Your Smile

Our dentists provide expert care in a comfortable environment using some of the latest techniques and treatments. Please contact our office today online or by calling (480) 732-7874 to renew your smile with cosmetic dentistry.


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The Cost of Dental Implants

senior couple smilingLosing teeth is never fun. Whether it’s one tooth or many, losing a part of yourself may make you feel like you are falling apart at the seams.

Finding out about the wonderful benefits of dental implants can fill you with hope and make you feel optimistic that you can replace what you’ve lost with a life-like substitute. I can get my teeth back! you might think. But then, a week later, you hear stories about a friend of a friend who had to refinance his mortgage to pay for his dental implants. Your balloon of happiness suddenly deflates with an almost-audible hiss.

While it’s true that dental implants do cost more than traditional tooth replacements, such as bridges and dentures, the cost of dental implants varies significantly based on several unique factors.

Type of Implant Procedure

All dental implant procedures are going to incur procedural fees, but there’s a great big difference between the cost of a single implant and crown and a set of implant-based dentures. Generally speaking, an implant bridge requires two dental implants, so it will cost at about double the cost of a single implant procedure. The most expensive implant procedure will be for patients who require full dentures (usually four implants), on both the top and bottom arches (eight implants, in total).

Pre-Surgeries

There are some cases in which patients will need to undergo pre-surgeries, and this can add to the cost of dental implants. For example, bone grafting may be needed if a patient has been without teeth for many years or has suffered bone loss in the jaw due to gum disease. While bone grafting can often be done at the time of the implant surgery, it often requires a separate surgical procedure and healing period. Sinus augmentation (sinus lift) surgery may also be necessary for patients who have lost teeth on the top arch. When you meet with Dr. Lee or Dr. Proctor, part of your initial consultation will include determining whether any pre-surgeries will be needed.

Comparing the Cost of Implants to Traditional Restorations

An important thing to remember when thinking about the cost of dental implants is that, for many patients, dental implants are a permanent restoration. They do fail infrequently, but dental implants that are well cared for will rarely need to be replaced.  This means that you probably won’t need to spend money on having them re-done or maintained in the future. This is a sharp contrast to traditional tooth replacements. Conventional dental bridges and dentures have a finite lifespan. Bridges fail and need to be replaced after a number of years and dentures need to be relined frequently to ensure a proper fit.

With implants, you may need to pay more up-front, but you are saving yourself the headache and the extra costs associated with repeat dental work. With non-implant restorations, you will continue to pay over time. For many patients, the unique benefits of dental implants make them a worthy investment in their future quality of life.

Ask Us About Financing

At Every Smile Family Dentistry and Orthodontics, we want everyone to have access to the unique benefits dental implants can provide. Implants are simply a better choice for your overall oral health. For this reason, we offer flexible financing plans for patients to help make the cost of dental implants more affordable. When you come in for a consultation, ask about our financing options and we’ll explain how it works.

Schedule a Consultation Today

If you’ve lost teeth, call us today to schedule a visit to our dental office. One of our dentists will take a look at your situation and assess your suitability for implants. Based on your unique case, we will draw up a treatment plan that outlines each step of the implant procedure, including estimated costs and the treatment timeline. We will also investigate whether your insurance will cover some of the costs, and share some of the ways that our other patients have been able to finance their dental implants. There is no commitment required for a consultation, so come and see us—the cost of your dental implants may be lower than you think!

Contact our Chandler, AZ dental office through our website or call us at 480-732-7874 to make an appointment.


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