Aesthetic Dentistry

Washington, PA

Aesthetic or cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance (though not necessarily the functionality) of teeth, gums and/or bite. It primarily focuses on improving dental aesthetics in color, position, shape, size, alignment, and overall smile appearance.

Put Your Best Smile Forward.

Many people claim that the eyes are the gateway to one’s soul; however, we believe the heart communicates first with a smile. That’s why we provide a variety of dental services that fall under the umbrella term of aesthetic or cosmetic dentistry.

Aesthetic dental treatments don’t just help your smile look its best– they help it function its best, too. Many of our aesthetic dental procedures in Washington, PA address functional issues and help your teeth do their job better.

Teeth Whitening

Our teeth are exposed to countless agents every day that can leave them dark, yellowed, or stained. Teeth whitening can help erase stains and restore your pearly whites.

Say Goodbye To Stains & Hello To Pearly White Teeth.

Looking for a brighter smile for that special occasion? Opalescence™ can help! Available as a take home or through an in-office treatment, Opalescence™ is a safe and effective way to make your teeth sparkle.

Available only through a licensed dental professional, Opalescence™ is also available as a take-home kit. Your dentist can also give you custom made trays to help your smile sparkle.

Common Questions

When you look for “evenness” in your teeth, you probably look at whether or not the incised edges of your teeth appear to be lined up correctly. When we look at your teeth, we also consider where your teeth meet your gums. Gum contouring (aka gum shaping) allows us to give patients a beautiful, well-balanced smile that is symmetrical and properly proportioned. This procedure can function as a standalone cosmetic procedure, a way of addressing gaps or hollows between a tooth and the gums that may allow bacteria to accumulate, or an essential part of a more complete oral restoration such as receiving implants or dentures. During a gum contouring procedure, the dentist will numb the area being treated and use a soft tissue laser to carefully sculpt the gums.

Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic dental solution that uses thin, tooth-colored pieces of material to correct minor issues like small cracks, chips, uneven edges, stains, and gaps in the front teeth. Patients with “gummy” smiles or rotated front teeth may also be good candidates for porcelain veneers.

Darkened or yellowing teeth are extremely common and can be caused by a variety of factors. Teeth seem hard and solid, but they are actually very porous. That means it’s easy for them to be stained when exposed to certain foods and beverages—like coffee or tea—as well as cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco. However, tooth discoloration can also come from internal sources like trauma or disease. In order to effectively address dark or yellowing teeth, your dentist first needs to understand what is causing the discoloration. Our team offers a number of solutions, including whitening treatments and veneers.

As a premier dentist in Washington, PA, Elizabeth L. Wakim, DDS is experienced in providing a wide range of aesthetic and cosmetic dental solutions. Schedule an appointment today to develop a personalized plan for achieving the smile of your dreams and take advantage of cutting-edge aesthetic dental procedures, such as:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Invisalign braces
  • Gum contouring
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Porcelain crowns and bridges
  • Porcelain and composite fillings

Professional teeth whitening is much more effective and lasts much longer than at-home teeth whitening solutions. Your professional teeth whitening appointment begins with your dentist applying a hydrogen peroxide gel to the teeth. When the teeth whitening process is complete—which takes approximately 20 minutes—the gel is removed, and the process is repeated.

At Elizabeth L. Wakim, DDS, we use the most advanced teeth whitening techniques available, which means patients can see results after a single teeth whitening session. However, many patients opt to schedule a series of three treatments over a few weeks to achieve optimum results.

Teeth whitening gels are not designed to accommodate veneers. If your veneers have become discolored, the issue can be addressed by replacing the stained veneers with new ones.

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