Smile Transforming Cosmetic Dentistry in Flagstaff
More patients than ever before are able to find affordable and effective cosmetic dentistry solutions. A picture-perfect smile is not just for your favorite celebrity anymore. If you’re unhappy with any aspect of your smile, don’t hesitate to call the Flagstaff Downtown Dental team to find out more or schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation. We offer a wide array of comfortable cosmetic dentistry solutions, and we’re happy to offer advanced cosmetic dentistry services for patients from surrounding communities including Bellemont and Winona.
If you’re looking for a simple procedure that offers a dramatic impact, porcelain veneers may be your best option. Veneers are thin sheaths of dental grade porcelain that are affixed to the front surfaces of teeth to immediately conceal a whole array of cosmetic flaws. Porcelain veneers are custom crafted to blend seamlessly into your natural smile line, and they can conceal any number of chips, cracks, gaps, or stains on teeth. The treatment is completed over two appointments. At the first visit, your teeth are prepared. During your follow up appointment, we place a natural looking and feeling veneer.
Many patients think restorations are just used to repair damaged teeth, but we also work hard to ensure the appearance of patients’ smiles while providing effective restorative dentistry solutions. That’s where our all-ceramic and zirconia dental restorations come in. These materials are the only options recommended for patients who have allergies or sensitivities to metal, and they have the added benefit of providing the most natural looking smile repair. All-ceramic crowns can be shaded to blend seamlessly into the smile line. After years of wear, these restorations maintain their natural appearance. This material is frequently recommended for front teeth that are highly visible within the smile line. Zirconia crowns can blend pretty well into the smile line, and though they are not as natural in appearance, they offer increased durability and limited wear against opposing teeth. These added benefits make zirconia crowns and bridges an ideal restoration solution for back teeth that absorb the majority of tooth impact from chewing.
Patients who wish to conceal fewer or less advanced cosmetic flaws like dental chips, cracks, gaps, and stains, may be able to receive a same day restoration option that offers the cosmetic improvement possible with porcelain veneers, but the treatment is more cost effective and can be completed in a single visit to our Flagstaff, AZ office. Both Dr. John Bacon and Dr. Brad Lerud are skilled in offering direct bonding services to conceal and correct dental flaws, leaving patients with a perfect smile in just one appointment.
The direct bonding procedure itself is very simple and straightforward. Our team will start by numbing the area to be treated. We prepare the tooth or teeth to be treated by removing or smoothing any damaged or decayed areas, and the dentist applies an etching agent to teeth. Then, we apply a thin coating of expertly shaded putty-like composite resin material directly onto the teeth. The etching solution will make deeper grooves over the surface of the tooth that allows the resin to seep in, forming a strong bond with the natural dental structure. Once the composite resin is shaped into position, we’ll use a curing light to harden it into place, leaving you with a flawless smile.
If you’re looking for a brighter smile, let the Flagstaff Downtown Dental team help. Unlike store bought whitening solutions, Dr. Bacon or Dr. Lerud can offer personalized, professional teeth whitening options. With just about two weeks of daily application, patients will see smiles up to ten shades brighter. We combine individualized doses of active whitening agents with custom crafted application trays to ensure patients achieve their smile brightening goals without possibly damaging sensitive soft tissue.
Does your smile look gummy or do your teeth look stubby? Many patients visit us with these concerns, and they believe changing their teeth is the solution. However, an uneven or oversized gum line may be adversely affecting these patients’ smiles. If this is the case, we may be able to improve the appearance of patients’ smiles with a fast, effective procedure known as gum recontouring. Using our state-of-the-art soft tissue laser, we’ll remove a small amount of gum tissue to create a healthier looking smile.
We use photos of your smile to help you understand your current oral health concerns and cosmetic dentistry solutions. We also capture images of your smile before and after treatment. This gives both you and our team a better understanding of the dramatic changes that have taken place. These images are captured quickly and comfortably, and they are immediately available for review on our chairside computer monitor. We have unique software that allows us to demonstrate the possible results of your cosmetic procedures before we ever get started.