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Cosmetic Dentistry – Tucson, AZ

Unhappy with Your Smile? We Have Several Solutions

Even healthy teeth can look worn down or dull after years of staining and natural wear. As part of Dr. Lopez’s effort to provide truly comprehensive and high-quality care for your smile, our dental office offers many different cosmetic procedures, from personalized veneers to gentle gum recontouring. No matter your reason for being unhappy with what you see in the mirror, you can find a solution by scheduling a consultation to discuss options for cosmetic dentistry at our Tucson, AZ dental office.

Why Choose Jay R. Lopez, DDS, PC for Cosmetic Dentistry?

  • Highly Educated and Experienced Dentist
  • State of the Art Dental Technology
  • Virtual Smile Design—Preview Your Results


Woman's smile compared with porcelain veneer color chart during cosmetic dentistry visit

A dental veneer is a very thin piece of durable, tooth-shaped porcelain that is bonded onto the front of a tooth. Veneers are often a treatment option for creating a cosmetically beautiful smile when teeth are slightly crooked, misshapen, severely discolored or permanently stained, too large or too small, spaced unevenly, worn, or chipped. Dr. Lopez has helped many patients achieve the smile of their dreams by using this conservative treatment – either alone or in combination with other treatments. He will carefully shape your veneers to provide optimal function, a naturally beautiful appearance, and lasting results.

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Metal-Free Dental Crowns

Man and woman with healthy smiles after metal free dental crowns

Dental crowns made of metal amalgam last a long time and offer excellent protection for a damaged tooth, but they come at the cost of a completely natural-looking smile. Our Prettau and Emax brand dental crowns are made out of metal-free ceramic materials that can be shaded to match the rest of your smile. With a properly designed and placed crown, it will look like your teeth were never damaged or decayed in the first place.

Teeth Whitening

Woman receiving in office teeth whitening

Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, we offer both in-office power tooth whitening and take-home whitening kits. Dr. Lopez will recommend the best treatment for your circumstances. Whitening products have evolved over the years, and Dr. Lopez stays up to date with the best options. If sensitivity has been an issue with teeth whitening in the past, discuss this with us. Both he and our hygienist will be happy to go over the latest options with you, including:

  • KöR Whitening
  • Philips Zoom Take-Home Whitening
  • In-Office Opalescence Teeth Whitening

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Gum Recontouring

Closeup of smile after gum recontouring

Do your teeth look smaller than they should? It might be because the gums are covering them a bit too much. The gum recontouring process lets us remove unnecessary gum tissue to expose more of the teeth. This will also help the gumline look more even across your mouth. A soft tissue laser will be used for this procedure; the precision it offers will make it easier to create a smile that you will be satisfied with.

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Smile Makeover

If you’re disappointed with the look of your teeth, there is no better time than the present to begin working towards the smile of your dreams! And you don’t have to do it alone; our amazing team can assist you with a smile makeover, which uses a custom blend of various cosmetic and restorative services to create a fully functional and absolutely stunning smile.

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Virtual Smile Design

Virtual smile design for cosmetic dentistry transformation

Before you agree to any cosmetic dental procedure, we want you to know what you can expect your teeth to look like after the treatment so that you can set realistic expectations and make the best decision based on your individual needs. With our virtual smile design software, we can show you the simulated results of various procedures. If you need time to think about your choice, you can take the results home and show your potential future smile to friends and loved ones.

Understanding the Cost of Cosmetic Dentistry

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If you’re ready to achieve the smile of your dreams, it’s likely that you have a very common question in mind: “How much does cosmetic dentistry cost in Tucson?” We’re proud to offer a variety of high-quality treatments to choose from, all with their own price points. The only way to know for sure how much the treatment you’re interested in will cost is to come see us for a complimentary cosmetic consultation. From there, we’ll be able to give you a custom estimate and review all your options for making your new smile affordable.

What Cosmetic Dental Service is Right for Me?

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The first thing we need to determine when creating your custom estimate is which treatments you’ll be getting. Many of our cosmetic services can achieve different looks for your smile at different prices, so we can help you get the results you’re looking for without breaking the bank. Let’s review some of our most popular cosmetic treatments and how their prices compare:

  • Direct Bonding – If you’re looking for a fast and cost-effective way to erase small dental imperfections, dental bonding is an excellent choice! This quick and easy treatment can fix small chips, stains, gaps, and more, but it will need to be redone every few years.
  • Teeth Whitening – Another inexpensive but incredibly effective way to transform your smile is with professional teeth whitening. Our teeth whitening treatments use powerful ingredients that offer far more noticeable and reliable results than store-bought whiteners.
  • Veneers – While by no means the cheapest cosmetic service, veneers are arguably the most comprehensive solution. These versatile shells of dental porcelain are famously used by Hollywood stars, but now you can have a red-carpet ready smile too! With the right care, your investment can last 15 years or longer.
  • Gum Recontouring – In some cases, we can improve your smile without even touching your teeth. Gum recontouring is a mid-level treatment that quickly and comfortably removes excess gum tissue to reveal your naturally beautiful smile.

How to Make Cosmetic Dentistry Affordable

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Cosmetic dentistry isn’t covered by dental insurance, but that doesn’t mean you can’t afford the smile of your dreams. We’re proud to offer a variety of options to help make your treatments as affordable as possible, including:

  • Our In-House Membership Plan – For a flat yearly fee (or monthly fee) you can sign up for our in-house membership plan. Not only will it cover all your preventive care, but you’ll receive discounts on many of our cosmetic services.
  • Flexible Financing ­– For many patients, breaking up the cost of their cosmetic treatments is an ideal way to fit their new smile into their monthly budget. That’s why we offer flexible financing through CareCredit, Greensky, Proceed, Alpheon, and Lending Club!
  • Special Offers – We offer a free, no-pressure cosmetic consultation so you can learn more about perfecting your smile. What’s more, when you sign up for our in-house membership plan, you’ll receive a free take-home whitening kit!

Cosmetic Dentistry Frequently Asked Questions

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If you’re thinking about getting a treatment that will change the appearance of your smile, then Dr. Lopez believes you deserve to ask as many questions as you like. The appearance of our teeth is extremely important, and he wants you to feel completely at ease when you sit in his chair. You’re always welcome to reach out to us to get the information you need, and below, you’ll find our responses to some of the most popular questions we receive.

How long does it take to get a cosmetic treatment?

Most cosmetic treatments take about one or two appointments to complete, but the entire process might require two or more appointments in total. Often, the initial visit is just a consultation where the patient and Dr. Lopez discuss treatment options and what the final result should look like. Also, Dr. Lopez can give them a preview of the future using Virtual Smile Design. This approach ensures the perfect outcome and gives the patient peace of mind throughout the entire experience.

How long will my results last?

The results of a cosmetic treatment can last for a very long time (several months, years, even decades) with the right maintenance, which just consists of daily brushing and flossing as well as regular checkups with Dr. Lopez. This will largely prevent staining or damage that could affect someone’s appearance. And, if a veneer or crown needs to be replaced for any reason, routine checkups allow Dr. Lopez to identify a problem and fix it well before it becomes serious.

Does getting cosmetic treatment hurt?

Thankfully, you won’t have to endure pain to get the smile you’ve always wanted. With the help of anesthetic, a gentle touch, and maybe sedation, cosmetic dentistry is extremely comfortable these days. You might experience a little soreness in your teeth and gums following a procedure, but these are usually minor and go away on their own after a few days. You can also choose to take some OTC medication to make things easier.

Is cosmetic dentistry covered by insurance?

Because cosmetic procedures are elective, they are typically not covered by dental insurance. For patients who need a little help affording their treatment, we have plenty of options. We work with several third-party financing companies that can allow you to break up the cost with little-to-no interest, and you can also sign up for our in-house membership plan. This will give you a flat discount on all procedures while completely covering your routine care for the year. In the end, we’re always willing to work with you to make sure finances don’t block you from achieving your ideal look!