Your teeth play a huge role in your appearance and health. They can either improve or ruin your smile. So, it is necessary to keep them healthy. There are several dental treatments that can help you achieve a beautiful smile. Listed below are some of the common dental treatments offered at our dental practice.
- Teeth whitening
In-office teeth whitening can brighten teeth by up to eight shades in just one visit. Professional grade bleaching gel is much stronger than over-the-counter options and can make dramatic results faster and easier to achieve than in-home kits. While you can expect to whiten your teeth even more with at-home kits, the results are usually less drastic and require more time to achieve. If you’re considering an in-office treatment, we recommend coming in for a consultation so he can examine your teeth and determine if this treatment is right for you.
Veneers are very thin ceramic shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth to fill in spaces or hide imperfections. They can be made in any shape and color to match your natural teeth, so no one will even notice you have them! They’re a great solution for addressing dental problems like severe stains, chips, cracks, gaps between teeth, etc., making your smile brighter and straighter in as little as two dentist appointments.
Braces are one of the most common orthodontic treatments. They are made of brackets and wires. With braces, you can look forward to straighter teeth and a beautiful smile! Braces can be removable or fixed to your teeth for the duration of treatment. While all braces work to move teeth into proper alignment, each type works in a different way. Fixed braces cannot be removed, while Invisalign® aligners can be removed for brushing, flossing, and eating food. Fixed braces are usually more sturdy than removable braces and are better at correcting severe orthodontic problems. However, they do require more maintenance because they must be brushed after every meal to avoid decay and staining.
Wearing braces can align your bite, reduce crowding, and improve overbite or underbite. It can also fix crooked or misaligned teeth. By correcting the way your teeth fit together, braces can help to prevent future oral health issues like tooth decay and gum disease. Additionally, if you opt for clear ceramic braces, they won’t affect the appearance of your smile and can be made to match your tooth color. This allows you to have a beautiful, healthy smile without altering it!
- Dental implants
When compared to other treatments, such as dentures and bridges, dental implants are a permanent solution with many advantages. Implants are surgically placed in the jawbone and remain there permanently, just like the roots of your natural teeth do. This provides a stable foundation for the restoration to be placed. Additionally, implants don’t require support from surrounding teeth which can help keep remaining teeth from shifting out of place.
Since implants are placed deep into the bone, they provide the most stable support for restorations out of any other option. While bridges and dentures can sit on top of the gums (which can eventually lead to gum recession and bone loss over time), the implant post is placed directly into the jaw. This prevents the deterioration of the jaw bone that can be caused by dentures or bridges that use adjacent teeth for support. With implants, patients can maintain their jawbone for a much longer period of time. Also, since they’re made from titanium, they fuse to the jawbone so they cannot move or become loose like the less permanent treatment options may.
Composite resin fillings are tooth-colored. They can restore teeth that are damaged by decay or trauma. Unlike silver amalgam fillings, composite resin fillings blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth. The material bonds to your enamel, creating a durable seal to protect your teeth from future damage. This material also prevents the development of further tooth decay and cavities. Your dentist will remove any damaged tissue or infected debris before installing the filling in your tooth. At-home oral hygiene practices are crucial to the longevity of this restoration. Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day will ensure that your filling lasts for a long time.
- Dental crowns
A dental crown is a cap that goes over a tooth to restore its appearance and improve its function. Dentists use crowns to cover broken, discolored, misshapen, or undersized teeth. Crowns are also used to treat severe tooth decay, cracks, and fractures.
To learn more, contact our dentist in Federal Way, WA, at Marine Hills Dentistry by calling (253) 839-2800 or visiting us at 1500 S Dash Point Rd, Federal Way, WA, 98003.