By Tracy C. Sullivan, DDS
June 19, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Improve your oral care routine to help you get a whiter smile.

You love coffee. Unfortunately, coffee doesn’t exactly love your teeth. Teeth are made up of incredibly tough material known as enamel. Enamel is also porous. Think about all the cups of coffee you consume in a week and you’ll get an idea of just how dull and yellow your teeth can become over the years. The good news is that our Port Orchard, WA, dentists Dr. Peter Grieser, Dr. Tracy Sullivan and Dr. Kevin Yoder have ways to help people keep their pearly whites their whitest.

Improve Your Oral Hygiene

If you sometimes skip out on flossing before going to bed or you don’t often brush your teeth in the morning before heading to work then these missteps in caring for your smile can leave you with dull, yellowing teeth. Everyone from children to seniors should brush their teeth twice a day and floss daily.

Watch What You Eat

There are many foods and drinks that can cause yellowing teeth over time. While avoiding all dark foods and drinks is nearly impossible you should definitely limit foods and drinks such as,

  • Sports drinks
  • Sodas
  • Coffee and black tea
  • Wine
  • Berries
  • Tomato sauce
  • Soy sauce and other dark condiments

Use Proper Dental Tools

The tools you use to clean your teeth can also make a world a difference when it comes to removing stains and preventing new stains. For example, if you find it difficult to reach certain areas of your teeth with a traditional manual toothbrush then you may want to consider replacing it with an electric toothbrush, which also provides the perfect amount of pressure on teeth to scrub away food particles, bacteria and plaque, which can stain teeth if left behind.

You may also want to consider a whitening toothpaste, which contains active ingredients that can impart subtle improvements on the overall color and brightness of your smile. A whitening toothpaste can also be a great way to prevent stains.

If you still aren’t seeing results after improving your dental routine and trying at-home whitening treatment then it may be time to consider talking with our dentists here in Port Orchard, WA, about getting cosmetic dentistry. To schedule a consultation call Family Dental Associates at (360) 895-4321.

By Tracy C. Sullivan, DDS
April 23, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Invisalign  

Here at Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, WA, our dentists use Invisalign to comfortably and discreetly straighten crooked teeth and correct bite issues. Until your consultation with Dr. Peter Grieser, Dr. Tracy Sullivan, or Dr. Kevin Yoder, here’s some vital information on how Invisalign treatment works to determine if it’s suitable for you.

How Invisalign Aligners Work

The Invisalign orthodontic treatment system utilizes detachable, clear aligners made of comfortable thermoplastic material in place of other materials used in traditional orthodontic treatment. They are virtually invisible, which could be a huge advantage for individuals who may be conscious of how traditional orthodontic materials may affect their appearance.

Following a thorough evaluation to figure out if you are eligible for Invisalign treatment, your dentist in Port Orchard, WA, will craft a series of Invisalign aligners that are specially developed to be worn at least 20 hours to 22 hours daily. You will move on to a succeeding set of aligners every two weeks. Worn and swapped out regularly, you’ll see your teeth moving into their proper places over the course of the treatment.

The time it would take for teeth to get into their final position would differ from person to person. On average, however, most people finish Invisalign treatment in nine to 12 months. Depending on the specific treatment goals and results, some individuals may need to wear a retainer at night to preserve their results.

Results of Invisalign Treatment

The results of Invisalign treatment would substantially depend on the severity of your orthodontic issues and your diligence on wearing the aligners as recommended by your dentist. Aside from moving teeth into their proper places, Invisalign aligners can also help fix moderate orthodontic problems such as spaces between teeth, overcrowded teeth, crossbites, underbites, and overbites. Still, there are some orthodontic problems that Invisalign can’t correct, so a thorough assessment by your dentist is needed to determine your eligibility for the procedure.

For More Information on Invisalign Treatment, Reach Out to Us

Dial (360) 895-4321 to set your appointment with Dr. Peter Grieser, Dr. Tracy Sullivan, or Dr. Kevin Yoder of Family Dental Associates here in Port Orchard, WA.

By Tracy C. Sullivan, DDS
February 21, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Smile  

How cosmetic dentistry from your dentists in Port Orchard, Washington can help your smile.

Does your smile make a statement? Does it reflect who you are? If you are dealing with a dull, uninteresting smile, you can change it! You need to discover how cosmetic dentistry can rejuvenate your smile. The dentists at Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, Washington Drs. Peter A. Grieser, Tracy C. Sullivan, and Kevin L. Yoder offer a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry services to help you and your smile.

Cosmetic dentistry has changed how people view going to the dentist. It’s about creating a beautiful, strong smile you will love. Consider these popular cosmetic dentistry procedures:

Professional teeth whitening, to whiten and brighten your smile up to 8 shades whiter, with results that can last for years. Professional teeth whitening products are safe and effective, and they are approved by the American Dental Association. You can have a dazzling smile in as little as one hour with the speedy in-office whitening treatment. It’s the perfect choice to rejuvenate a dull, aging smile.

Dental bonding, to repair small chips, cracks, and other signs of damage with a material that blends perfectly with your smile. Dental bonding uses composite, a unique liquid resin that can be matched to the color of your teeth and sculpted to match the natural contours of your teeth. It’s the perfect option to restore a damaged smile.

Porcelain veneers, to dramatically enhance the color, shape, or size of your teeth, giving you a celebrity-perfect smile. Porcelain veneers are conservative, because your dentist removes little to no tooth structure, only enough to compensate for the thickness of the veneers. It’s the perfect solution to improve a flawed, uninteresting smile.

Dental implants, to replace missing teeth and provide you with a strong, natural-looking, complete smile. Dental implants look and function just like natural teeth, and you brush and floss them like natural teeth too. It’s the perfect way to restore an incomplete smile.

To explore the benefits of these and other cosmetic, restorative, and preventive dental services, talk with your dentist. Call the dentists at Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, Washington today at (360) 895-4321 and find out more.

By Tracy C. Sullivan, DDS
November 18, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Porcelain Veneers  

If you think a great smile is out of reach, whether due to cracks, crookedness, or chips, its time to learn about the power of porcelain veneers.

Here at Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, Tracy C. Sullivan, DDS, performs a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures, including the application of porcelain veneers, to improve patients' smiles—read on to learn what this treatment option can do for you!

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin, but highly durable, coverings for the front of your smile. Long-lasting and natural-looking, veneers cover up dental imperfections including gaps between teeth, misshapen teeth, worn down or jagged tooth structure, or severe staining/yellowing.

What is the process for creating and affixing porcelain veneers?

For this type of cosmetic dentistry, your Port Orchard will gently remove a portion of enamel from the surface of your teeth so that the veneers can attach snugly to the front of your smile. Next, your dentist will take a mold of your teeth so that the custom porcelain veneers can be accurately crafted.

To affix your porcelain veneers, our Port Orchard specialists will clean your teeth and apply a strong adhesive to bond the veneers to your teeth, making sure that they fit evenly and properly.

What are the benefits of porcelain veneers?

Like any cosmetic dentistry procedure, porcelain veneers have the ability to make an imperfect smile look perfect while remaining fully functional. Veneers look both natural and attractive, are long-lasting, and repel stains far easier than a natural tooth would. Caring for your veneers is simple, and consists of twice-daily brushing, once-a-day flossing, and regular biannual checkups with your dentist. Additionally, veneers do have the potential to chip or crack under pressure, so take care not to bite down on extremely hard objects like ice cubes.

Interested? Give us a call

Call our Port Orchard office today at (360) 895-4321 to learn more about porcelain veneers and all of our other cosmetic dentistry offerings!

By Tracy C. Sullivan, DDS
August 22, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Bonding  

You can see an improvement in your smile when you go to the dentist for a bonding treatment. It’s a great option to fix minor imperfections. bondingIt also gives you results more quickly. It’s a treatment option you can talk about with Dr. Peter Grieser, Dr. Tracy Sullivan, or Dr. Kevin Yoder at Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, WA.

What Is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is the process of shoring up broken or gapped areas of your smile with a bonding agent. The white composite material that your Port Orchard, WA, dentist uses to fill a cavity is the same material that can be used for bonding. The material is placed onto the surface of your existing tooth in layers, then cured and hardened. It can be smoothed and polished so that it looks like your other teeth in shape and texture.

How Bonding Improves Your Smile
Dental bonding adds fullness to your smile and protects your teeth. It fills in small gaps around your front teeth and replaces chips around the edges. When a cracked tooth is bonded, it prevents further cracking and protects the tooth from decay. Dental bonding is sometimes used after other cosmetic treatments, like braces, to help ensure that the teeth remain properly spaced.

The Dental Bonding Procedure
You will not have to spend much time at Family Dental Associates for a bonding treatment and you don’t have to worry about feeling any discomfort. First the teeth are color matched with the composite resin that will be used for the treatment. After that, the tooth is pre-treated so that it can accept and hold the bonding agents. Next, the materials are applied carefully and solidified with a curing light. When the bonding process is complete, the dentist will use a special tool to contour and polish the tooth.

Call for a Cosmetic Consultation
You may have assumed that you need major cosmetic work to improve your smile, but you might benefit from a simple dental bonding procedure. Call 360-895-4321 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Grieser, Dr. Sullivan, or Dr. Yoder at Family Dental Associates serving patients in Port Orchard, WA.

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