General Dentists, Emergency Dentists & Periodontists located in Shoreline, WA
When the smile is not as bright or attractive as it once was -- or as beautiful as it could be -- cosmetic dentistry can help. Dr. Chang and Dr. Kalhan, the dental care providers at Sunrise Dental, provide custom cosmetic dentistry treatments and procedures like in-office teeth whitening to Shoreline, Washington area patients who want a more beautiful smile.
Cosmetic Dentistry Q & A
What Does Cosmetic Dentistry Include?
Cosmetic dentistry includes many procedures that improve the smile, such as:
- Teeth whitening
- Dental implants
- Tooth-colored fillings
How Do In-Office Teeth Whitening Work?
Our doctors offer in-office teeth whitening that takes less than an hour in the Sunrise Dental office. For most patients, teeth are up to eight shades whiter following in-office whitening.
Dr. Sohn or Dr. Lee will place protective shields on your gums and then apply the whitening gel to each tooth individually. They will then use directed laser light to speed the whitening process. If you want dramatically whiter teeth and don't want to wait, this type of in-office teeth whitening may be ideal for you.
What are Crowns?
Dr. Sohn or Dr. Lee will apply crowns to damaged or weak teeth. They cover the whole tooth to add strength and improve appearance.
You'll have two appointments with our doctors during the crown process.
They will first remove tooth decay and then shapes your tooth so it can accommodate the crown. When the custom crown is ready for placement, he applies crowns with dental cement to ensure that they stay in place long term.
Most crowns last for around 10 years, but they can last even longer if you care for your teeth properly. Crowns are a popular cosmetic dentistry option because they're highly functional while significantly improving appearance.
What are Veneers?
Veneers are similar to crowns, but they cover only the front of the tooth. Veneers are thin porcelain sheets that match the size and shape of the natural teeth.
Veneers can cover discolored teeth, cracks, chips, and other issues. Although veneers do add strength to the teeth, they're primarily cosmetic. Most veneers last 10 years, but they can last longer with proper oral care.
Will Your Insurance Cover Cosmetic Dentistry?
It depends on the dental insurance company. However, most insurance providers don't cover cosmetic dentistry procedures since they're non-essential. Speak to your insurance company about coverage to be sure.
If you don't have dental coverage for cosmetic dentistry procedures, speak to the Sunrise Dental team about financing options. Our team is glad to help you achieve the smile you dream of, so make an appointment online or call them for help.