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    22May
    Patients often come to our practice seeking advice on ways to correct aesthetic dental problems. These patients may require cosmetic dental procedures or treatment for a number to correct a variety of cosmetic defects - to repair a malformed bite or crooked teeth, to treat an injury, or just to improve their overall appearance. For these and many other reasons, cosmetic dentistry has become a vital and important part of the dental profession. But whatever their reason for seeking treatment, the ultimate goal is to restore a beautiful smile.

    In the past decade there has been a dramatic increase in the demand for cosmetic dentistry.  We all understand that having a healthy, bright, beautiful smile enhances our appearance and allows us to increases self-confidence.  Thanks to the advances in modern cosmetic dentistry, cosmetic dentistry is no longer a luxury reserved for movie stars, and our Spokane Cosmetic Dental Office is able to improve your smile with quick, painless and surprisingly affordable treatments.

    Common cosmetic dental procedures can be performed to correct misshapen, discolored, chipped or missing teeth. Procedures used in the practice of cosmetic dentistry can also change the overall shape of teeth, whether they are too long or short, have gaps, or simply need to be reshaped to create a more attractive smile.

    • Some of the more common procedures involve:
    • Change the size, shape, and alignment of certain teeth
    • Fill in unattractive spaces between teeth
    • Improve or correct bites
    • Lighten or brighten the color of teeth
    • Repair decayed, broken, cracked, or chipped teeth
    • Replace missing teeth
    • Replace old, unattractive dental treatments

    Which techniques should be used to improve your smile? Before making any decisions, your dentist will need to do a complete dental exam. It is very important to identify any underlying issues that may affect the results of any cosmetic dental procedure. Your Spokane, Cheney Cosmetic Dentist will also discuss your about your lifestyle to determine the best treatment for you. Contact your cosmetic dental professional for more information and to take the first step towards obtaining the smile of your dreams.

    08May
    If you are unhappy with the cosmetic appearance of your teeth Lumineers® may be the perfect option for you. These ultra-thin shells fit perfectly over the teeth, making them look cosmetically perfect. You know how dull, discolored teeth or a crooked smile can affect your confidence.  Lumineers® are an excellent option for patients who desire a beautiful smile without surgery, harsh chemicals or painful treatments.

    Unlike dental veneers, Lumineers® applied by your Spokane, Cheney Cosmetic Dentist can be left in place for over 20 years or removed upon request to expose the original, intact teeth.  Lumineers® can be fitted in just two appointments, and instantly add pizzazz to the smile.

    Here are some of the problems that Lumineers® can solve:
    1. Large gaps between teeth.
    2. Misaligned teeth or misshapen teeth
    3. Stained teeth.
    4. Uneven gums and teeth.
    5. Unnatural looking bridges and crowns.

    How can Lumineers® benefit me?
    One of the greatest advantages of using Lumineers® is that they are ultra-thin – about the thickness of a contact lens – and no painful alterations of your natural teeth are required prior to application.  Injections of local anesthetic are unnecessary because no drilling is required, and the entire application can be completed in two visits. Lumineers® will last over 20 years with proper care but are removable since healthy tooth structure is not affected.

    How are Lumineers applied?

    During the first visit to Spokane Cosmetic Dental Office, we will thoroughly examine your teeth to ensure that no tooth decay or gum disease is present. Molds (or impressions) and X-rays are then taken to determine your bite. Working with you, we will choose the color of the Lumineers® and the desired level of transparency.  The bite impressions are sent to the laboratory to be custom-crafted.

    The Lumineers® are bonded to your teeth at the second appointment. Once the Lumineers® are in place we polish them until they are completely smooth.  This smooth surface helps repel bacteria and staining agents, leaving you with a healthy, beautiful smile that will last for many years to come!

    13Mar
    There are a variety of reasons why you may need teeth whitening as your teeth become dull and discolored over time. Age, stain-producing food and drink and tobacco are just a few of the causes that can lead to a less-than-dazzling smile. Cosmetic Dentistry today provides many options for teeth whitening and really bringing your smile to life. One very effective treatment that is used at Spokane, Cheney Cosmetic Dentistry is the Zoom Teeth Whitening System. This bleaching process is very effective and widely used today to whiten and brighten discolored tooth enamel. Here’s a brief description of the process:

    Is Zoom Whitening Right for You?
    Before deciding if Zoom In-Office teeth whitening is right for you, we will conduct a comprehensive examination of your teeth and gums to ensure your overall oral health and discuss your at-home oral hygiene routine as well as your lifestyle. This will help you and your dentist agree on the whitening product or technique that's best suited for you.

    The Zoom Whitening System
    Spokane Cosmetic Dental Office recommends a regular cleaning with our hygienist prior to the Zoom teeth whitening session. After your teeth have been professionally cleaned, the whitening treatment begins by protecting the lips and gums, leaving only the teeth exposed. A hydrogen peroxide-based gel is then carefully applied to the tooth enamel. The Zoom procedure uses a special bleaching light fitted with an infrared filter to minimize the amount of heat to which the patient’s teeth are exposed. Once the light is in position it illuminates all the teeth being treated. Immediately following the bleaching treatment, a sensitivity-reducing fluoride paste-gel is applied to the teeth. The entire process takes about an hour.

    Post Treatment Guidelines
    After your in-office teeth whitening procedure is complete, you will be given a Zoom touch-up kit to take home (including custom-fit whitening trays) and instructions on how the kit should be used. We will also provide you with a list of stain-producing foods and beverages that should be used in moderation to maintain the whitening effects of the Zoom treatment.