Introduction to Cosmetic Dentistry by Austin R. Smith III, DDS

Cosmetic dentistry improves smiles.

With the professional cosmetic dentistry services offered by our providers, numerous patients in the Lacey and Olympia area now have the smiles they’ve always wanted. Some people feel they have to hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by their teeth. Fortunately, cosmetic dental services like porcelain veneers and teeth whitening help restore a smile to something anyone can be proud of.

We are happy to offer a very extensive range of safe and natural cosmetic dentistry services designed to remedy discolored, misshapen, or missing teeth.

Our Process for Cosmetic Dentistry

Thanks to advancements in cosmetic dentistry over the last 10 years, we are able to perform procedures without the use of metal of any kind. Our patients should expect restorations that look and feel completely natural. Rest assured that we’ll use the most advanced and highest quality materials available for your cosmetic dental work, giving you amazing results that can last for years to come.

Preparations for cosmetic dental services can involve careful facial measurements that allow our team to create a smile that best fits your bone structure, age and gender. We can also give you a sneak-peek of your new smile before you undergo treatment utilizing diagnostic wax ups as well as digital technology.

Cosmetic Dental services offered in our office:

Porcelain Veneers

It is often difficult to smile with uneven, chipped or discolored teeth. Luckily, porcelain veneers are a great cosmetic dentistry solution to solve these problems. Porcelain veneers are extremely thin shells of porcelain that are bonded onto the front of your teeth. Dental bonding is often effective in taking care of minor flaws such as smaller chips and even discoloration, porcelain veneers are usually a better choice when correcting more extensive issues.

Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain dental crowns can alleviate physical discomfort and aesthetic problems that often come along with damaged teeth. A dental crown made of strong porcelain is used to cover the entire surface of a tooth to restore it to its normal size. This porcelain crown will also strengthen and improve the appearance of a tooth. Additionally, crowns can be used to reinforce teeth that are cracked or weak, as well as conceal misshapen or discolored teeth. Porcelain crowns protect and restore teeth but are also used in cosmetic dentistry to blend in with your natural teeth.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is an excellent method for repairing minor imperfections in teeth, such as chips and stains. When first applied, the bonding material is sculpted to complement the shape and texture of surrounding natural teeth. A high-intensity light is then used to cure and harden the material. Finally, the restoration will be smoothed and polished your tooth to give it an even, natural contour.

Teeth Whitening

As people age, there are many factors that cause our smiles to lose the brilliant youthful shine. With modern cosmetic dentistry, there are a variety of teeth whitening treatments that are able to help restore this shine. We offer in-office bleaching and take-home teeth whitening kits.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Tooth-colored fillings that match the color and shape of your teeth have replaced traditional metal fillings that repair small areas of tooth decay. Composite fillings are very strong and durable and reinforce teeth and can help prevent further damage from occurring. For those with many traditional metal fillings, tooth-colored fillings will make your smile white again!

Smile Makeover

A smile makeover is a combination of cosmetic dental procedures meant to enhance the beauty, health, and appearance of your smile. It may include straightening, repairing chipped or broken teeth, and replacing broken teeth. Additionally, spaces can be closed between teeth, and teeth can be re-contoured overly gummy smiles.

To learn more about the cosmetic dentistry services offered in our office or to schedule a consultation, call us today at (360) 352-2400!