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How To Fix Your Smile With Cosmetic Dentistry

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Everyone today wants a beautiful, straight smile with perfect teeth. That’s no secret.

Unfortunately, whether genetics or former bad habits played a part, most of us don’t quite have the glistening smile we would like.

But:

You don’t need to settle with smile imperfections.

Thanks to cosmetic dentistry, simple and effective treatments make the perfect smile a possibility for everyone.

Keep reading to learn how and what cosmetic dentistry services can fix your smile.

What can cosmetic dentistry fix?

Do you have crooked teeth? No problem, cosmetic dentistry has a solution.

Or maybe you have gaps between your teeth. Cosmetic dentistry has a fix!

What about cracked, chipped, or discolored teeth? Yep, you guessed it:

Cosmetic dentistry has a fix for that too.

But how can cosmetic dentistry fix such issues as crooked or cracked teeth?

Well, let’s have a look at a few of the many options available!

Tooth bonding

Fun fact: Tooth bonding is one of the simplest cosmetic dentistry solutions available.

Here’s how simple it is:

  1. First, your dentist will match the natural shade of your teeth with the right composite resin color.
  2. Next, they’ll roughen the surface of the tooth before applying an adhesive liquid to stick the bonding agent to the tooth.
  3. Finally, the composite resin is applied over the liquid, molded to the proper shape, and hardened with ultraviolet light.

This procedure is completed in one quick appointment.

Now: Does tooth bonding hurt?

Nope. Tooth bonding is usually painless, where an anesthetic is typically not required.

Now how does it look?

Take a look at these teeth bonding before-and-after pics:

Before and after results with dental bonding

Notice how effectively such a simple treatment has fixed a large gap between the center teeth?

Crowns and veneers

You’ve probably heard of crowns and veneers. While they’re not the same treatment, both serve to improve the appearance and function of your teeth.

What’s the difference between the two?

Crowns

Crowns are designed to cover the whole tooth. They’re commonly made of porcelain, a metal alloy, or a combination of the two.

The procedure for getting a crown is a little lengthier than tooth bonding but still relatively simple.

  1. First, your dentist will make room for the crown by removing some enamel from the treated tooth.
  2. Next, the dentist takes an impression of the tooth, typically with a paste or putty. This ensures the crown will fit your tooth.
  3. Third, you’ll be given a temporary crown to wear for about two weeks while a partnered dental lab crafts your permanent crown.
  4. Finally, you’ll return to the dentist to have your permanent crown fitted.

And that’s it! But how does it differ from veneers? Let’s find out.

Veneers

Veneers are about half as thick as crowns and are usually made of porcelain or a similar material. This thin layer is bonded to the front of an existing tooth.

But let’s have a look at those steps in a little more detail.

  1. Similar to crowns, your dentist will make room for the veneer by removing a little bit of enamel.
  2. Then, they’ll use a shade guide to determine your veneers’ color, so it looks natural and blends with your unique features.
  3. Next, your dentist will take an impression of the tooth with putty or paste. You’ll wear temporary veneers while a partnered dental lab crafts the permanent veneers.
  4. Once your veneers are done, the dentist will test their fit before washing and preparing the tooth for application.
  5. And lastly, the veneer is bonded to the tooth.

As we’ve seen, both of these treatments are similar but do serve different purposes. Both are used to treat common smile issues, such as:

  • Discolored teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Cracked, chipped, or broken teeth
  • Decayed or weakened teeth

The right option will depend on the needed treatment.

In the veneers and crowns before-and-after pictures below, note the incredible transformations.

 

Before and after results with implant crown and veneers

 

This patient was congenitally missing their permanent canine teeth.

They had their primary canines (or baby eye-teeth) extracted and were then restored with dental implant crowns. Veneers were placed on their four front teeth by our Seattle cosmetic dentist giving their smile a beautiful, cohesive look.

Let’s take a look at a crowns patient:

Before and after results with dental crowns

This patient wanted to keep the gap between their center teeth as a characteristic of their smile.

But notice the stark difference in the appearance of their lateral incisors (the teeth to either side of center) after the treatment?

Is a smile makeover for you?

In just a handful of these smile makeover before-and-after pictures, we’ve looked at a few cosmetic dentistry treatments that not only improve your smile but your oral health too.

Tooth bonding, crowns, and veneers are all simple ways to treat the various tooth conditions that come with age and genetics.

And we have not even looked at other options, such as:

Whatever stands between you and a beautiful, healthy smile, cosmetic dentistry has the answer.

Find the right Seattle cosmetic dentist for you

If you aren’t sure what the best choice for your smile is, Dr. Vicki Fidler and Dr. Gregory Wang would love to help you on your journey.

Voted Seattle Met’s Top Dentist in 2021…Open a new window to the Seattle Met website…, their passion is you!

Their goal is to help you receive dental care at your own pace in a judgment-free, caring environment.

Contact Fidler on the Tooth for a complimentary cosmetic consultation if you’re interested in getting a smile makeover.

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Fidler on the Tooth is located in Seattle, WA…Open a new window with directions on Google Maps, and is proud to be of service to the surrounding communities, including Capitol Hill, Sandpoint, University Village, Laurelhurst, North Seattle, Madison Park, Ballard, Queen Anne, and Wedgewood, WA.

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