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How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Improve Your Smile?

Veneers can cover up cracksOur clients ask us all the time: what can we do to improve their smiles?

Well, a lot of things, actually. With cosmetic dentistry, we can make your smile whiter, straighter, and stronger. Here’s how:

A Whiter Smile

Your teeth become less white over time as every sip you take of coffee, tea, red wine, or any other staining beverage that has a discoloring effect.

To make your teeth white again, you could go to the grocery store and pick up an over-the-counter bleaching solution. But professional bleaching sessions are much stronger than using over-the-counter products. Going to the dentist is the only option for making your teeth as white as possible.

Sometimes, though, a tooth is so stained that even bleaching won’t help all that much. In these cases, it’s more effective to use an esthetic veneer, which involves placing a thin layer of porcelain over your tooth for a perfectly white and clean appearance. It’s like turning back the clock and starting over with a whole new tooth.

A Straighter Smile

Braces can be used to correct a crooked smile.

But braces can be a problem themselves, as a lot of people are embarrassed by the look of shiny metal brackets in their mouth. Also, going to the orthodontist to have braces tightened is an uncomfortable, sometimes even painful experience.

Thankfully, clunky metal braces aren’t your only option for straightening teeth anymore. Kirkland Family Dentistry offers Invisalign clear braces that are much less noticeable than traditional braces, and they don’t require those painful tightening sessions.

A Stronger Smile

The main objective of cosmetic dentistry is to make your teeth more attractive. Some of the services designed to accomplish the goal end up making your teeth stronger as well.

For example, crowns are often used to erase the eyesore of a chipped or cracked tooth. After the crown is installed, your tooth looks better, and your tooth will be stronger and less likely to suffer additional breaks as well. And by covering up physical damage to your enamel, crowns stop bacteria from flowing into teeth, which lowers your risk of getting a nerve infection.

Then there are dental implants, the latest way to replace missing teeth.

Dentures have long been the popular way to replace teeth, but they have a tendency to slip around in the mouth, which makes it difficult to talk and eat.

Another problem with dentures is that they only replace what’s above the gum line. The roots below the gum line were supporting the jawbone below, and without the physical presence of those teeth, the jawbone deteriorates.

Dental implants, on the other hand, do replace the missing root. The implant itself is a small metal post that is driven through the gums and into the jawbone, and a full crown is attached to this post to replace the actual tooth. This means that dental implants don’t have any speech-debilitating slippage like dentures, and they prevent your jaw from deteriorating.

If you have any questions about cosmetic dentistry, feel free to contact us and ask.

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Dr. Jonathan Everett
Dr. Jonathan Everett received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Washington and completed his undergraduate studies in biochemistry at Washington State University. During this time, Dr. Everett served as both the President of the American Student Dental Association chapter as well as the Student Council Vice President. As a board-member of DentPAC for the Washington State Dental Association, Dr. Everett fought to maintain the quality of dental care provided in Washington State by working with state legislators and advocating for patient-centered dentistry in Olympia.
Dr. Jonathan Everett
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