A smile has the unique ability to bridge cultures and languages and convey the emotion behind everything you say. If you feel self-conscious about your smile, you may not be able to express yourself confidently, which can feel limiting.
At Phinney Ridge Dental, we proudly provide a wide variety of quality cosmetic dentistry services at our dentist’s office to help our patients gain the confidence and freedom that a beautiful smile can provide.
I Want To Improve The Look Of My Smile. How Can You Help?
Dr. Micah Bickel has the skill and experience needed to perform all dental procedures with an eye toward aesthetics. And in recent years, materials have advanced to the point where just about any treatment we provide will not only restore your oral health but also enhance your smile.
Of course, there are certain services that people associate with cosmetic dentistry. Some of the cosmetic procedures we perform at Phinney Ridge Dental are:
- Dental Bonding – Perfect for reshaping a tooth to restore chips and improve its appearance
- Porcelain Veneers – Great for more dramatic makeovers and that “Hollywood” smile
- Teeth Whitening – A fast solution for a brighter, more youthful-looking smile
- Dental Crowns and Bridges — Restore damaged or missing teeth with crowns and bridges
You may benefit from a single one of these treatments, or you and Dr. Bickel may decide that a combination of two or more will best help you achieve your smile goals.
Is Cosmetic Dentistry Expensive?
This is an important question and one of the first questions many of our patients ask. While all dentistry requires a financial commitment to achieve a better smile, the results of cosmetic dentistry last longer and are more beautiful, and more affordable than ever.
At Phinney Ridge Dental, our cosmetic dentist offers a variety of treatment options for every budget. Some of our more affordable treatment options include cosmetic dental bonding and professional teeth whitening. Both are non-invasive, cost-effective procedures that deliver high-quality results without putting a strain on your budget.
A beautiful smile and the confidence that goes with it are priceless, so you should think of cosmetic dentistry as an investment in you! We will be happy to discuss your goals and make a plan to fit your dream smile into your budget.
What Happens During A Smile Consultation?
We start every smile makeover, large or small, with a consultation. This conversation with your dentist is the perfect opportunity for you to share your “wish list” with us and explain your expectations for a more attractive smile. When he understands what your goals are, Dr. Bickel works with you to create a custom smile design that allows you to see what your new smile will look like before we begin.
In some cases, it’s necessary to address existing conditions before we proceed with any aesthetic treatment. You wouldn’t put a coat of paint on crumbling walls, and you likewise wouldn’t use cosmetic dentistry on an unhealthy smile!
Will People Notice My Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Our tooth-colored fillings are designed to enhance rather than mar your smile. Dr. Bickel takes the time needed to ensure that your restorations match your natural tooth color, shape, and shading to achieve seamless results. After all, you want people to notice the beauty of your smile, not the color of your dental work!
We also offer beautiful porcelain, ceramic, and zirconia crowns. Our restorations are durable, long-lasting, and highly esthetic.
How Will Dental Bonding Improve My Smile?
One of the most conservative treatments our cosmetic dentist in Seattle, WA offers is cosmetic bonding. We use the same composite material we use for tooth-colored fillings to add to your existing tooth structure without the need to remove healthy tooth structure.
Cosmetic dental bonding allows us to fill in chips and small gaps as well as conceal imperfections in your teeth with outstanding results. Cosmetic dental bonding is affordable and provides budget-conscious patients with an option to spruce up their appearance.
What Cosmetic Problems Do Porcelain Veneers Correct?
If you desire a more harmonious and symmetrical appearance for your smile, porcelain veneers provide dramatic results. They are an extremely versatile cosmetic dentistry option because they cover the face of your natural tooth completely with a porcelain restoration. We often use porcelain veneers in Seattle, WA to address the following problems and create a more symmetrical appearance:
- Uneven gaps & spacing between teeth
- Mild tooth misalignment
- Misshapen or poorly proportioned teeth
- Severely stained teeth that we can’t any other way
We are pleased to offer both traditional veneers and low-prep veneers, a conservative approach to cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Bickel will discuss how we can achieve your goals for your smile, focusing on what will work best for you.
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
Dental porcelain is strong and durable, and with proper care, your veneers can last up to 10 years. But as new and improved dental materials are introduced in the future, the lifespan of veneers is likely to increase.
When caring for your veneers, you should use common sense. If you consume food that’s hard and crunchy enough to chip or crack dental enamel, it can also damage your veneers. You need to take excellent care of your oral health to protect the underlying tooth structure from decay and gum disease. Excessive teeth grinding (bruxism) can cause a veneer to chip or crack, but we can create a customized mouth guard to protect your teeth and the veneer.
What’s The Fastest Way To Improve My Smile For A Big Event?
If you want to look your best for a wedding, reunion, graduation, or another major life event, professional teeth whitening at our Seattle, WA dental office is a fast and easy procedure that provides dramatic results. In fact, many patients who assume they need involved in cosmetic dentistry are thrilled to learn that a simple whitening treatment can transform their smiles.
You can choose our in-office power whitening that produces instant results or a customized take-home kit that you use daily over two weeks. With either approach, you can expect to see a smile that’s about six shades brighter than when we started.
How Can I Keep My Smile Bright After A Teeth Whitening?
Seeing your newly whitened smile for the first time can be thrilling, so of course, you want to maintain the results for as long as possible:
- Avoid staining foods and drinks like coffee, colas, dark teas, dark berries, soy sauce, tomato sauce, and curries.
- Rinse your mouth with water after consuming these colorful foods to minimize the amount of time they spend on your teeth and the staining they cause.
- Drinking through a straw is another effective way to keep staining beverages away from your teeth.
- Stop using tobacco products of any kind because they deposit dark brown stains on your teeth. Quitting is a challenge, but you can’t use tobacco and maintain a bright, white smile.
Despite your efforts, your teeth will gradually pick up stains over time and start to look dull. Use the customized kit we provide to perform touch-ups at home to keep your smile bright.