Posted on 1/3/2020 by Stephanie Day
|First, let’s start with one of the most frequently asked questions. What is cosmetic dentistry and how is it different from general dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry focuses on the aesthetic appearance of the smile, while regular or general dentistry is more focused on preventative and minor restorative care. At our Spokane dental office, we believe both cosmetic and general dentistry are equally important. A healthy smile free of decay will always be our ultimate goal. However, a patient who is thrilled with the cosmetic appearance of their smile will simply beam confidence; and that is something we feel every patient deserves.
Now that we’ve gone into what makes cosmetic dentistry different, let’s dive into the top-requested treatments in Spokane.
#1 - Teeth Whitening
Nearly everyone is looking for a brighter, whiter smile these days. And why not? It’s an inexpensive way to brighten and freshen the appearance of your smile while boosting self-confidence. A professional whitening treatment can erase years of coffee stains in just a matter of a few sessions and is a great option heading into the holidays or wedding season.
In our Spokane office, we have two teeth whitening options available for our patients provided by the trusted brand Opalescence®. With the first option, our team of professionals will create custom whitening trays just for you. The appliance you receive with this selection will conform to the unique contours of your smile, fit securely, and evenly distribute the bleaching agent. Many of our patients choose to go this personalized route for their whitening needs and are thrilled with their results as well as the comfort of the custom-fitted trays.
The second option we provide is called Opalescence Go. This is a great method for those eager to begin brightening their smile right after the initial consultation. There is no need to wait for the creation of custom trays as you take home the whitening system following your first appointment.
One important thing to note about professional teeth whitening is that patients with periodontal disease or active decay will require treatment prior to whitening. This is due to the power of the bleaching agent in professional whitening products which could cause discomfort in patients with periodontal disease or active decay.
#2 - Veneers
Veneers are a versatile option for anyone looking to improve the appearance of their teeth because they can help cover many different types of imperfections in a smile.
What is a veneer? A porcelain veneer is essentially a tooth-colored thin covering applied over the front of your natural teeth. They are custom shaped to your unique teeth and mouth, yet can be altered so that you are able to achieve the smile transformation that you are looking for. Veneers can be great for hiding a chipped or broken tooth, covering resistant stains, altering the appearance of the shape or size of the teeth and even as an alternative for braces.
Veneers are durable, coffee stain-resistant and essentially can be taken care of just like your regular teeth with regular brushing and flossing.
For patients interested in Veneers, we recommend sitting down for a consultation to discuss your options and your smile transformation goals.
#3 - Dental Implants
Let’s face it, we totally take our teeth for granted. Teeth just don’t always get the appreciation they deserve, until one of them gets knocked out during recreational softball league. That’s the moment their true value is brought to the center of attention. Not only for the obvious reason that a missing tooth leaves a dark spot in a once beaming smile; but teeth also help us chew, speak clearly and even maintain the structure of our jawbone. Many people don’t realize that when a missing tooth is left untreated, the jawbone in that area can eventually resorb (melt away). Fortunately, we are able to solve all of those potential issues with a dental implant.
Out of all tooth replacement options, an implant is the most similar to a natural tooth. Implants are very durable and they can last a lifetime with good care. They are resistant to staining and decay, unlike your natural teeth.
Many patients report that implants are more comfortable than dentures as they stay in place permanently and do not slip or irritate the gums like traditional dentures.
If you are interested in learning more about our implant services, give us a call to schedule a complimentary consultation!
Sometimes patients like to combine several cosmetic and restorative treatments with the goal of a completely transformed, smile makeover. If this sounds like something you may be interested in, let’s sit down to discuss your goals and develop a plan to help you achieve the smile of your dreams.
Call us to schedule a complimentary smile makeover consultation today!