Posts for category: Cosmetic Dentistry

By Tracy C. Sullivan, DDS
February 21, 2022
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Discover the benefits of getting dental crowns and bridges for your smile.

Accidents happen! Yes, even to your smile. Whether you are dealing with extensive decay, or a cracked or broken tooth, our Port Orchard, WA, dentists, Dr. Peter Grieser and Dr. Tracy Sullivan of Family Dental Associates, is here to tell you how getting dental crowns and bridges could turn your smile around.

What are crowns and bridges?

These fixed dental restorations are custom-made just for you. A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth to improve its function and appearance while a dental bridge is used to fill gaps and replace one or more missing teeth.

Why might I get a crown?

A crown is a very versatile restoration that can be used to protect a tooth from further damage. A tooth weakened by decay, infection, or trauma can often benefit from getting a crown. A crown will surround the tooth and provide a stronger and more durable outer layer of protection.

A crown may be recommended by our Port Orchard, WA, restorative dentist if you have a cracked, fractured, or broken tooth, if you have a tooth that is badly misshapen or discolored, or if you just underwent root canal therapy.

When are dental bridges needed?

A dental bridge is a fixed oral prosthetic that is designed to replace a single missing tooth or a few missing teeth in a row. A bridge uses two dental crowns, which are placed over healthy teeth on both sides of the gap. The bridge, which contains false teeth, will be fused together with the crowns to anchor the artificial teeth in the middle.

Dental crowns and bridges offer an array of benefits, from treating tooth loss and filling gaps left behind by missing teeth, to protecting teeth from further damage and improving the aesthetics of your smile. 

Do you want to know more about dental crowns, bridges, and other restorative dentistry options we offer? If so, all you have to do is call Family Dental Associates at (360) 895-4321. Our Port Orchard, WA, dentists, Dr. Grieser and Dr. Sullivan, would be happy to discuss dental restorations with you.

By Tracy C. Sullivan, DDS
September 17, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Teeth Cleanings  

Professional teeth cleanings from your family dentists in Port Orchard, WA, can help your smile.

When you brush and floss your teeth, you are doing what you need to do to protect your smile. You also have to get your teeth professionally cleaned once every 6 months to keep your smile in top shape. Your family dentists in Port Orchard, WA, Dr. Tracy Sullivan and Dr. Peter Grieser at Family Dental Associates,  offer comprehensive dental care, including professional teeth cleanings, to keep your smile healthy.

Professional teeth cleanings accomplish several important tasks. When you have your teeth cleaned it will:

  • Remove the soft and hard deposits on your teeth which are a haven for harmful bacteria
  • Remove stains and other surface discolorations to make your smile more beautiful
  • Lower the bacteria levels in your mouth which helps prevent gum and periodontal disease

A professional teeth cleaning appointment is also a perfect opportunity for you to discuss and learn important information regarding your oral health. Your dental care professional can show you all of the latest hygiene techniques and tools so you can keep your smile healthy at home.

When you have a healthy smile, it can help protect your body too. A healthy smile with lower bacteria levels can help prevent you from having a stroke, acquiring diabetes, developing heart disease, or having memory problems. A healthy smile starts with brushing, flossing, and visiting your dental care providers for regular professional teeth cleanings and dental exams.

Your dental care professionals are an important part of your healthcare team, and they want to help you keep your smile healthy and beautiful. To learn more about the benefits of professional teeth cleanings and how they can help your smile, call your family dentists in Port Orchard, WA, Dr. Sullivan and Dr. Grieser of Family Dental Associates. You can reach them at (360) 895-4321 today!

By Tracy C. Sullivan, DDS
March 04, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Crowns   dental crowns  

How dental crowns from your dentists in Port Orchard, WA, can strengthen your smile

Do your teeth need a second chance? Perhaps they are damaged from everyday habits like chewing on hard foods. Maybe they are worn down from normal aging. Whatever has happened to your teeth, they deserve a second chance, and dental crowns can give it to them.

Dr. Tracy Sullivan and Dr. Peter Grieser of Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, WA, offer a wide range of family dentistry services, including dental crowns to strengthen your smile.

Did you know dental crowns can protect damaged teeth better than a large filling? That’s because a dental crown covers the entire visible surface of your tooth to the gumline. It’s like a miniature suit-of-armor protecting your tooth. When you bite down on a crown, the biting stress and pressure are spread evenly across the tooth surface, guarding it against breakage.

On the other hand, when you have a large filling, the filling can separate your tooth into sections, weakening it. When you bite down on a large filling, there is a chance of your filling shearing off, and taking vital tooth structure with it.

Strengthening your damaged teeth is only part of the benefits of dental crowns. They can also make your smile more attractive! That’s because a common dental crown material is porcelain, which offers these important benefits:

  • Porcelain is light-reflective, just like natural tooth enamel
  • Porcelain closely resembles the appearance of natural tooth structure
  • Porcelain is stain-resistant, so your new porcelain crown will stay beautiful for years.

A full porcelain crown is a perfect choice for front teeth or teeth that are visible when smiling. For back teeth, it’s a good idea to have a little more strength. That’s why a porcelain-fused-to-metal or PFM crown is a great choice. PFM crowns offer the beauty of porcelain, combined with the strength of a metal underlay.

Give your teeth and your smile a second chance with dental crowns. To find out more about how dental crowns can strengthen your smile, talk to the experts. Call Dr. Sullivan and Dr. Grieser of Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, WA, at (360) 895-4321. Give your damaged teeth a second chance by calling today!

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
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!

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