Frequently Asked Questions about Cosmetic Dentistry in Issaquah and Renton, WA
Our team at Michael J Scoles DMD in Issaquah, WA, and Renton, WA, provides a full slate of cosmetic dentistry services to restore or enhance your smile. We know that cosmetic dentistry can seem like an overwhelming field for some patients, which is why we try to provide guidance and answer all of your questions in a clear and helpful manner. Read on for answers to the most frequently asked questions we get about cosmetic dentistry.
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry offers options for enhancing or restoring your smile when you’re dealing with chipped or lost teeth, crooked teeth or other cosmetic situations. Our cosmetic dentistry services offer options for helping patients repair damaged or broken teeth, adjust teeth alignment, and address other common concerns. Some typical techniques used include porcelain veneers, crowns, dental implants, Invisalign treatment, orthodontics and the tip edge technique.
Why would I need cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is aimed both at enhancing your smile and maintaining the overall health of your mouth. Some people choose to utilize cosmetic dentistry procedures primarily for purposes of appearance, capping chipped teeth or straightening out their smile through Invisalign. But many cosmetic dentistry procedures also serve to improve your oral health long-term. Crowns or implants help restore your ability to speak and eat, while also keeping your other teeth from moving to uncomfortable positions.
Do I have to get braces if I want to straighten my teeth?
Straightening crooked teeth or correcting for overbite or underbite used to be a process that required patients to wear braces for anywhere from a few months up to a few years. With advances in dental techniques, however, there are a few other options for realigning your teeth now available:
- One method is Invisalign, a technique that uses virtually invisible clear aligners to gradually shift the position of your teeth. These aligners can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing, and are replaced every two weeks with a new set that continues the adjustment process.
- Another method is the tip edge technique, which is a modern version of braces. The tip edge technique uses less hardware than traditional braces and allows for lessened discomfort and inconvenience.
- We also provide a six month smile service for correcting minor cases of slanted or crooked teeth in just four to six months. We only put brackets and bands on the teeth that need correcting, gradually pulling them into place.
How do you fix broken, damaged or missing teeth?
Teeth that are cracked or decaying or missing can take away from your smile and make it uncomfortable to speak or chew normally. At Michael J Scoles DMD, we typically take care of these issues with crowns or dental implants. We utilize high quality same-day CEREC crowns so you can have your damaged or broken teeth restored quickly and effectively in one visit. If you have teeth that are missing entirely, we can instead turn to dental implants made of titanium for a long-lasting tooth replacement that feels and looks like a natural tooth.
If you have more questions about cosmetic dentistry or want to schedule a cosmetic dentistry appointment today, call our Issaquah office at (425) 392-6466 or our Renton office at (425) 228-6444.