Is It Time For A Smile Makeover?

Cosmetic_DentistryCosmetic dentistry has gone mainstream in recent years. Once the province of the wealthy and famous, many persons from different walks of life now choose to undergo cosmetic dental procedures to enhance their appearance and well being. Patients are realizing many procedures provide significant oral health benefits, as well as renewed self-confidence. Additionally, the materials used in contemporary cosmetic restorations look more natural and are more durable than those used in years past.

If you’re trying to decide what cosmetic dentistry could do for you, here’s a handy list of reasons to consider a smile makeover.

It may be time for a smile makeover if …

  1. You’re unhappy with the color of your teeth. In-office whitening can provide a quick brightening of your “pearly whites.” If whitening isn’t the best route to brighter teeth, your dentist can also discuss the use of porcelain veneers to permanently banish stains from your teeth.
  2. You have chipped or broken teeth. Your dentist can repair some teeth with chips or cracks by applying dental bonding, veneers or performing tooth contouring on them.
  3. You have tooth decay or gum disease. Dental inlays and onlays can provide fillings for cavities that are indistinguishable in color from your natural teeth, and dental implants can replace an entire tooth and provide the bone-saving benefit of being anchored to your jaw.
  4. Your gums look odd to you. If you feel like your smile is too “gummy,” your dentist may recommend gingival resculpting or crown lengthening.
  5. You’re missing many or all of your teeth. In this case, you can opt for a full mouth rehabilitation, dental implants, or All-on-4 overdentures, which will restore your smile to its natural beauty and allow you to speak and chew easily.

Since all dentists can perform cosmetic procedures, your best bet for selecting the perfect cosmetic dentist is to review their credentials for extra training in cosmetic procedures and to check out patient before-and-after pictures.

“You don’t have to settle for a ‘second-rate’ smile,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist in practice in central Phoenix. “Cosmetic dentistry can bring out a whole new radiant side to your mouth’s appe


  1. STEELE HONDA says

    Great post Dr. Ford! I have been debating a long time on how to get a better smile and I think I have found my answer.I really liked how you explained that if you’re unhappy with the color of your teeth, your dentist can discuss the use of porcelain veneers to permanently banish stains from teeth. I have see people go in with stained teeth and come out with pearly whites thanks to veneers.

  2. I have been wondering for some time now if I should get some cosmetic dentistry done. My teeth aren’t perfect, but they aren’t really bad either. I have been looking at veneers for whitening purposes, like you said, and that sounds pretty good. How expensive would you guess that procedure to be?

    • Dr. Carol Ford says

      Hi Silas, the cost depends on the procedure needed. Please contact our office at 602-955-7788, and we will more than happy to help you.

  3. John Mahoney says

    Thank you for talking about how seeing a dentist can help you fix your broken or chipped tooth. It makes sense that making sure you choose someone you trust and who has the expertise to get eth job done right can take some time. I would want to make sure I choose my doctor ahead of time to make sure I get the help I need when I need it the most.

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