Cosmetic Dentistry in Maple Valley
A healthy and beautiful smile is important to your physical and mental wellness. Maple Valley Dentistry Professionals offers an array of cosmetic treatments to make sure your love your smile.
Some of the services we offer include:
- Teeth whitening
- Botox for TMJ
- Dental bonding
- Tooth-colored fillings
- Porcelain veneers
- Porcelain crowns
- Porcelain bridges
Whether you need your teeth bleached or an implant, Maple Valley Dentistry Professionals can help. Call us today to schedule a consultation!
Your smile might not be as bright or white as you want it to be. Smoking, wine, soda, coffee, tea, and even medication can stain and darken your smile. A professional whitening treatment can help brighten your smile. We offer Opalescence® for the best results, both in-office and take-home.
Is Bleaching My Teeth Safe?
Opalescence® teeth whitening is a safe and efficient way to whiten your smile. Your teeth are whitened under the supervision of our dentist, whether it is done in-office or through a take-home kit. The gel prescribed to you by will not affect your gums, and you may find that your tooth enamel is strengthened, and sensitivity is reduced.
What Is the Process to Whiten My Teeth?
The whitening process is simple and straight forward. We will begin by prepping your teeth and surrounding gums. After preparation, we will apply the gel in two separate sessions of 20 minutes. You will have whiter teeth in an hour. If you don’t have the time to spend an hour in the dental office, you can use our convenient take-home whitening option. To help your treatment last as long as possible follow these helpful tips:
Limit the consumption of food and drink that cause stains
- Brush at least 2 times a day
- Floss at least 1 time a day
- Rinse with mouth wash daily
Straightening Your Teeth with Invisalign®
You may want to straighten your teeth to achieve that perfect smile, but you don’t want to use traditional braces. Invisalign is an excellent alternative to metal braces that uses a clear set of aligners to move your teeth gently.
What Are the Advantages of Using Invisalign?
Clear aligners such as Invisalign have many advantages including:
- They are more comfortable than traditional braces
- They are removable
- Faster treatment time
- Virtually invisible
- Custom fitted
Botox® for Treating Your TMJ
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD) can cause headaches and earaches. Stress can cause you to grind your teeth, develop earaches, or even lockjaw. Botox® injections can be a painless and effective method to reduce muscle tension and alleviate symptoms.
Although Botox is usually a treatment associated with cosmetic practices to reduce wrinkles, it has become increasingly popular as a way to provide long-lasting relief for those who suffer from TMJ. If your TMJ is left untreated, it can lead to more serious oral health problems.
Before treatment, we will do a comprehensive exam and review your health history. Injections take about 10-20 min to administer. Most patients tell us there is very little discomfort associated with the injections. The full effect of the treatment may take several days; we recommend you refrain from strenuous activities for 24 hours after injections.
Enhance the Look of Your Smile with Dental Bonding
Bonding is a simple and efficient way to repair worn, gaped, or discolored teeth. It is a cosmetic procedure to repair your teeth that can be done in one visit and is an excellent alternative to crowns, veneers, or fillings, depending on your circumstances.
How Does Bonding Work?
Bonding uses a tooth-colored resin applied to your tooth then hardened using a special light source. After the material hardens, we will make minor adjustments to create a natural look. Some advantages of bonding include:
- Only a small amount of enamel needs to be removed
- Takes one visit
- Aesthetically improved smile
An Alternative to Metal Fillings
Composite fillings or “tooth-colored” fillings can be used to repair a tooth. They are a safe alternative to traditional metal fillings and are a popular choice when it comes to their aesthetic look and durability.
Here are 5 things the dentist might use a filling for
- Cracked teeth
- Closing gaps
- Decayed teeth
- Worn teeth
- Chipped teeth
How Is A Tooth Colored Filling Placed?
Fillings usually take one appointment to be placed. During to procedure, the dentist numbs the area around the tooth and removes the decayed and damaged portion. Your tooth will then be carefully cleaned and prepped before the filling. The composite resin will then be applied in layers, to ensure proper placement and bonding. Once it has hardened and bonded it will be shaped and polished to match surrounding teeth.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are made of porcelain, tooth-colored resins, or gold and used as a conservative way to treat decay or other types of tooth damage. In some cases, they may even be used instead of a crown.
Application of Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays require two appointments with the dentist.
During the first appointment, we will remove either the filling or the decayed and damaged portion as needed to prep it for the inlay or onlay. An impression will be made once the tooth is ready and sent to the lab. Your tooth will then be sealed temporarily until your next visit.
At your second appointment, we will make sure the inlay or onlay fits correctly. Once the placement and fit are satisfactory, it will be bonded and polished. An inlay or onlay can help strengthen the structure of your tooth and last up to 30 years.
Creating A Perfect Smile with Veneers
Veneers are a durable and aesthetically pleasing option to restore your smile. They are often used to correct uneven, worn, discolored, or irregularly shaped teeth. Veneers are a thin ceramic or porcelain material that can match the color of your teeth.
A Straighter Whiter Smile In 2 Visits
Veneers usually take two visits to our office to complete. During the first visit, we will shape the teeth that require veneers by removing some enamel; then an impression will be taken and sent to the dental lab.
On the second visit to our office, the completed veneers are fitted to your teeth to make sure no adjustments are needed then cemented in place. With proper oral care, your new veneers will last many years. Although some enamel is removed during the placement of your veneers, it will not ruin your teeth. Once bonded, they become a part of your natural teeth.
Implants – A Way to Complete Your Smile
A missing, decayed, or severely damaged tooth can make your smile look less than pleasing. A great way to fix this is with a dental implant. Implants are titanium screws that act as an artificial tooth root.
3 Appliances you can affix to implants:
Restoring Your Tooth with A Crown
A crown can repair a tooth that has been damaged by decay or trauma. It is placed over your tooth to improve the strength, look, and functionality of it. Crowns are often made of porcelain because it can closely match the color of your natural teeth.
One Appointment Crowns with CEREC®
Your time is valuable, just like your smile. That why at Maple Valley Dentistry Professionals we offer CEREC. Your crown can be made right in our office, so you don’t have to wait for a lab to process your crown. With a 3-D captured image of your tooth, a high-quality crown will be created and then cemented to your tooth after the removal of enamel.
Bridging Your Teeth with A Dental Bridge
If you are missing one or more teeth in a row; a bridge may be the right solution for you. Porcelain bridges are a permanent appliance that can restore your smile while also preventing any remaining teeth from shifting out of their place. A Bridge consists of artificial teeth and uses crowns for stability.
Dentures – Replacing Your Missing Teeth
Dentures have been around for hundreds of years and have been a dependable way to replace your teeth. Dentures are continuously being improved and are more comfortable than ever before. They can be tailored and customized to your specific situation.
You may have no natural teeth left due to varying circumstances. A full denture can be used to replace a full arch of teeth on your jaw either on top, bottom or both. Your full dentures will consist of a combination of gum colored acrylic and artificial teeth.
You may have some teeth left, and they might be near each other or in different locations. Your dentist might recommend partial dentures. Similar to full dentures they will consist of artificial teeth on an acrylic base but will also have a metal frame or claps to attach to your remaining teeth.
Caring for Your Dentures
Dentures need to be taken care of with a dedicated oral care routine just like your natural teeth. They will need to be brushed every night and soaked in a denture cleaning solution as well. In addition to cleaning your dentures, you will want to brush your gums and tongue.
Ready to Rejuvenate Your Smile?
Dr. Taina and his skilled staff are passionate about helping you achieve a picture-perfect smile. Call and schedule a consultation today!