Your smile is a vital part of your personal appearance. Your smile introduces you to new acquaintances, and it’s a vital part of any first impression. Your smile also influences how you feel about yourself. An unattractive smile can make you feel uncomfortable about your appearance.
Cosmetic dentistry is dentistry focused on improving the appearance of your smile. This is partly done by ensuring that you get great results from any reconstructive procedures you receive, but we also offer a number of procedures designed to improve the appearance of your smile.
The best way to know which cosmetic dentistry procedure or procedures can give you the results you want is to talk about your goals with Dr. Debra Cederbaum and listen to the recommendations she gives based on her nearly 30 years of experience as a cosmetic dentist in Seattle. To learn what she recommends for you, please call 206-524-1314 or email us today for an appointment.
Over time, our teeth naturally become stained by organic molecules that penetrate our tooth enamel and lodge there. Teeth whitening is the most common cosmetic dentistry procedure, and it’s very simple. A chemical is applied to your teeth to break down and remove the staining organic molecules.
We offer both in-office whitening for a quick burst of whiteness and at-home whitening to achieve the maximum whitening possible for your teeth.
Reshaping Your Teeth
If you are unhappy with teeth that are small, poorly shaped, chipped, or otherwise unattractive, we offer two cosmetic dentistry procedures for reshaping your teeth. These can also be used to correct gaps in your smile, and sometimes even as an alternative to orthodontic treatment.
Dental bonding uses the same composite material commonly used in tooth-colored fillings. The plastic material is applied to your tooth, shaped, then hardened using a special curing light. It can be completed in one visit, is inexpensive, and lasts for years.
Porcelain veneers are probably the most powerful procedure in cosmetic dentistry. They are made using an advanced ceramic. They are applied to the front of your teeth, giving them an entirely new front and top (if necessary). Porcelain veneers require two visits to complete and are more expensive than dental bonding, but they look more like your natural teeth and can last a decade or more.
Replacing Your Teeth
Nothing can make your smile look unhealthy and unattractive like a missing tooth. This is more than just a cosmetic dentistry procedure. If you have a missing tooth, your other teeth can shift and may be at an increased risk from uneven bite force.
A dental implant is the tooth replacement option most like your natural tooth. With an artificial root that goes into the jawbone, the tooth is held firmly in place just like your natural teeth. Dental implants look just like a natural tooth, require no special care, can be used to eat all your favorite foods, and can last a lifetime.
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, we offer many cosmetic dentistry options that can help. To learn more about these and other options to get the smile you desire, please contact us today for an appointment at our office in Seattle.