Dr. Jen Kim, DDS
Kirkland, WA Family and Cosmetic Dentist

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Cosmetic Dentistry

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We believe deeply in the power of patient education and strongly encourage our patients to ask any questions that come to mind. Even a question that seems small to you could have a significant effect on your dental health.

Take a look through our Frequently Asked Questions to find a selection of common questions we are asked by our patients. If you have additional questions or if your question is not answered here, please do not hesitate to contact us and ask!

Cosmetic Dentistry

In many cases, yes, cosmetic dentistry that enhances your appearance can also improve your oral health. man smiling after cosmetic dentistry exam in kirkland waAnd conversely, dental services like fillings that improve your oral health also enhance your smile!

There’s really very little distinction these days between which treatments are restorative and which are cosmetic because many of them act as both!

For example, a porcelain dental crown restores strength and function to a damaged tooth, but the material we use blends seamlessly with your smile to restore a more harmonious appearance.

Tooth-colored fillings fix a decayed tooth, but we can custom-match the shade of the material so that it blends seamlessly with your smile. For this reason, we can also composite fillings for cosmetic dental bonding to repair minor cosmetic flaws.

Crooked teeth are challenging to clean properly, but orthodontic treatments with Invisalign clear braces straighten your smile and makes brushing and flossing easy and productive. 

At Jen Kim Family Dentistry, we want you to enjoy the confidence boost that comes from having a healthy, beautiful smile. If you are considering cosmetic dentistry in Kirkland, WA, please call us to arrange a convenient consultation with Dr. Kim. She will be happy to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and help you decide which treatment is right for your needs.

At Jen Kim Family Dentistry, we believe our patients deserve choices to fit their unique needs. Because of woman brushing her teeth in kirkland waadvances and improvements in dental materials and techniques, we can offer numerous options for Kirkland patients who want to improve the shape of their teeth.

If you have one or more teeth that are poorly shaped or sized, cosmetic dentistry has the treatment you need to get the beautiful smile you want.

Dental bonding uses a tooth-colored composite filling material to alter the shape or size of a tooth to improve its appearance. Dr. Kim uses the material to build up portions of the tooth to achieve the look you want. We also often use bonding to close gaps between teeth and repair chipped or broken teeth. The procedure is so efficient that we can often treat several teeth during one appointment.

Porcelain veneers are a great option if you would like to change the appearance of your teeth to conceal cosmetic dental flaws. Dental veneers are thin shells of tooth-shaped porcelain that our cosmetic dentist customizes to sit on the front surfaces of two or more teeth. The veneers conceal create a new tooth surface that allows us to completely change the shape and size of your teeth.

Porcelain dental crowns are not often thought to be cosmetic, but since they completely surround and conceal a tooth, Dr. Kim also uses them for aesthetic purposes. Some examples would be to disguise a tooth that’s poorly shaped or one that’s discolored and resistant to whitening treatment.

If you are interested in cosmetic dentistry in Kirkland, you can see you have lots of options to choose from! If you would like us to help you decide which treatment is best for you, please contact Jen Kim Family Dentistry.

If you have smile flaws you would like to correct, you have several options in cosmetic dentistry to do so.woman with cosmetic dental bonding in kirkland wa Porcelain veneers and dental crowns are well-known for their ability to fix problems like chipped or broken teeth. But another affordable option that’s very popular with our Kirkland, WA patients is cosmetic dental bonding.

Dental bonding is a simple, non-invasive process that uses the same natural-looking material we used to create tooth-colored fillings. Dr. Kim uses cosmetic bonding at our Kirkland dental office to correct many aesthetic dental flaws:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Broken teeth
  • Gaps and uneven spacing
  • Teeth that appear too small
  • Stained or discolored teeth
  • Irregularly shaped teeth

First, we match the shade of the composite filling material to complement and blend with your smile. Then our cosmetic dentist builds the material up, layer by layer, sculpting it to improve the appearance of your teeth. When she has achieved the desired shape, he uses a UV light to harden and set the material.

Because bonding is such a straightforward process, Dr. Kim can transform several teeth in just one appointment. If you follow proper oral hygiene and stick to a schedule of preventive visits, bonding can last between five and seven years before we need to replace it.

If you have questions about bonding or other cosmetic dentistry services that we offer at our Kirkland, WA dental office, please call us to arrange a consultation.

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