Cosmetic Dentistry in Lacey, Ruston, and Tumwater
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy” – Thich Nhat Hanh
Proudly serving the Lacey, Tumwater, and Tacoma areas with aesthetic cosmetic dentistry options.
Is your smile a source of joy?
We talk to many people who mostly have happy, joy-filled lives but still have a hard time smiling, laughing, and expressing that joy. This usually comes down to self-consciousness about the appearance of their smile. Perhaps their teeth are chipped or cracked, or maybe they are uneven or unusually spaced.
The good news is that each of these problems has a solution.
We want you to find the joy in your smile, and we offer a wealth of treatment options to help you have a beautiful, attractive smile that you are proud to show off wherever you go. Our locations in Lacey, Tumwater, and Tacoma always welcome new patients to our dental family.
Professional Teeth Whitening
- What is Invisalign and how can it improve my smile?
- How is Invisalign different from traditional braces?
You don’t have to be unhappy with your smile! We’re specialists in the art of smile makeovers. If you’re ready to fix cosmetic dentistry issues like teeth discoloration, chipped or crooked teeth, gaps between your teeth, or missing teeth, we can help. No matter what type of problem you want to fix, we can give you an aesthetically pleasing smile that adds to your appearance and confidence.
What can I expect at my smile consultation?
Your smile consultation is all about your vision for your teeth and what you’d like to accomplish. We’ll start by listening and understanding your goals. After evaluating your general oral health to check for underlying issues, we’ll offer you treatment alternatives and answer all your questions.
Our dentists want you to leave feeling excited about what’s possible for your smile and confident about your treatment plan. We’re here to ensure that you’re not only comfortable, but also pampered!
How can I get started with cosmetic dentistry?
The first step in achieving the smile of your dreams is to call our dental office for a consultation. Our team would love to meet you and help create a customized treatment plan for you!
What is the professional teeth whitening process?
Professional teeth whitening is one of the most affordable ways to upgrade your teeth and your smile. You’re sure to see results you love within just a few weeks.
At your first appointment, we’ll take impressions of your teeth for the customized teeth whitening trays. The trays will fit precisely over your teeth to ensure a uniform, safe application of our high-grade bleaching gel.
When the teeth whitening trays return from the dental lab, you’ll come in for your second appointment. We’ll show you how to use your professional teeth whitening kit and give you instructions for using it at home. We typically recommend that you wear the trays for several hours a day until your teeth reach the whiteness you desire.
Will tooth-colored fillings improve my smile?
The days of filling cavities and repairing teeth with dark-colored amalgam are over. Today, we can create natural-looking repairs that allow us to preserve more of your own healthy tooth structure. In fact, tooth-colored fillings blend in so well with your own enamel that even you will probably be unable to find the repair!
What are the advantages of tooth-colored fillings?
Compared with amalgam (silver fillings), tooth-colored fillings in our Lacey, Tumwater, and Tacoma dental offices offer many benefits:
- For this restoration, we use a composite resin that is carefully blended to match the natural shade of your teeth.
- In some cases, we can remove less of the tooth structure when preparing it for a tooth-colored filling.
- The resin is durable and versatile, making it easy for us to use this material to repair cavities, chips, and cracks and even extend worn-down teeth.
- In many cases, we can complete tooth-colored fillings and other repairs using composite resin in just a single appointment.
- Tooth-colored fillings provide extra support by chemically bonding to the tooth structure.
How do dental implants work?
Restoring missing teeth is essential for many reasons. If you’re embarrassed about your smile because of one or more missing teeth, you’ll love your increased self-confidence when they’re restored. Missing teeth can also cause serious oral health issues like misaligned teeth and bite, gum disease and tooth decay, lost bone, and changes in facial shape.
Choosing restorations for missing teeth depends on your lifestyle, budget, and individual situation. Solutions you may consider include dental implants, dental bridges, or dentures.
What can I expect with dental implants?
Dental implants are a long-term solution for missing teeth that promote bone growth and jaw health. This treatment requires healthy jawbone where the tooth is missing and takes about four months from start to finish.
First, we surgically place a titanium post in your jawbone. As your jaw heals, the bone bonds with the post in a process called osseointegration, building a strong foundation for an artificial tooth and preventing nearby teeth from shifting. We’ll place a temporary dental crown in the area until your permanent one is ready.
After you've healed from the procedure, you’ll return to our Lacey, Tumwater, or Tacoma dental offices for a custom-made dental crown, which will fit over the post. Your completed dental implant will function and look just like a natural tooth!
What are porcelain veneers?
Veneers are often the secret behind the flawless smiles you see on the red carpet or in your favorite magazine. Celebrities have a range of tricks up their sleeves to appear effortlessly perfect, and that goes for their teeth as well!
These days, veneers are an accessible treatment that is affordable even for us mere mortals. These thin shells of dental-quality porcelain fit neatly over the fronts of prepared teeth to conceal any signs of damage and provide the appearance of uniform, natural-looking teeth. No one will be able to tell you’ve taken advantage of this popular cosmetic dentistry treatment!
Will porcelain veneers work for me?
If you have cosmetic issues with your teeth, you may avoid smiling and feel self-conscious about the flaws. But with porcelain veneers, you can say goodbye to visible tooth imperfections. Porcelain veneers are best for healthy teeth and gums and can fix these problems:
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Worn down or shortened teeth
- Irregularly shaped teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Severely discolored teeth
- Mildly crooked teeth
What is Invisalign and how can it improve my smile?
While braces are practically a rite of passage in our society, many of us make it to adulthood without ever having the opportunity to straighten out uneven teeth. If you’ve been putting off dealing with your uneven teeth because you don’t want to mar your professional image with conventional brackets and wires, we have great news for you.
Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to nudge teeth into their appropriate alignment – and nobody will ever know that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment! The smooth and comfortable aligners are also removable, which means you don’t have to deal with the hassles associated with conventional braces, like threading dental floss around wires or the “forbidden foods” list.
How is Invisalign different from traditional braces?
Adults and older teens love the easy care and discreet appearance of the Invisalign clear aligner system. The difference between Invisalign and metal braces is significant:
- Appropriate for less severe oral issues that don’t involve major jaw or bite alignment
- Shorter treatment time
- Requires discipline to keep clear aligners in for a certain number of hours per day
- No need to avoid certain foods
- Can continue normal dental hygiene
- Less frequent dental visits for adjustments
- Seamless comfort (no wires or brackets)
We offer Invisalign clear braces in each of our dental offices located in Lacey, Tumwater, and Tacoma.
Talk to Us about Your Options
We would love to meet with you and talk to you about your goals for your new smile. We believe that you should feel joy every time you smile at yourself in the mirror, and it would be our honor and pleasure to help get you there. Our cosmetic dentists have locations in Lacey, Tumwater, and Tacoma to meet the cosmetic dentistry needs of our patients.