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.

By Tracy C. Sullivan, DDS
July 24, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry  

How cosmetic dentistry services from your dentists in Port Orchard, WA, can enhance your smile

Have you discovered the magic of cosmetic dentistry? If not, you owe it both to yourself and your smile to find out how these treatments cosmetic-dentistrycan completely rejuvenate your look! The only question is, which cosmetic dentistry procedure is right for you? Drs. Peter A. Grieser, Tracy C. Sullivan, and Kevin L. Yoder, your dentists here at Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, WA, offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services to give you an outstanding smile—read on to learn more!


Some of our available cosmetic options

There are many cosmetic dentistry procedures for you to consider, including:

Professional teeth whitening, which can turn a dull, uninteresting smile into a smile you will be proud to show off; professional teeth whitening can whiten your smile up to 3 shades, and your dazzling results can last up to 2 years and with an in-office procedure to make trays you can take home and use over and over again.

Dental bonding, which uses tooth-colored material to cover up chips, cracks, tooth wear, and other unsightly dental issues; dental bonding is an easy, painless procedure which typically requires no anesthetic and can often be done in one appointment. It’s the perfect procedure to rejuvenate an aging, damaged smile.

Porcelain veneers, which are thin laminates of porcelain that are permanently cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth; veneers are a versatile dental treatment which can hide many aesthetic issues with your teeth. Consider porcelain veneers if you want to hide broken tooth structure, fracture lines, cracks, chips, tooth wear, and discolorations.

Dental implants, which are the closest to having your natural teeth; dental implants look and function just like natural teeth. They are firmly embedded in bone, so they will never move around, and you never have to worry about tooth decay again. The implant crown material is also stain-resistant, meaning that your dental implants will stay beautiful for years.


Interested? Give us a call!

To find out more about these and other cosmetic, restorative, and preventive dental services, call the dentists here at Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, WA, at (360) 895-4321!

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