• Cosmetic Dentistry

  • Three steps are taken to design a dental care plan that is right for you.

    • First, we seek to gain clarity about your history, your concerns and your priorities.
    • Secondly, after evaluation, and, based on your interests, Dr McIntyre present her findings and their significance.
    • Finally, after discussing options (and their pros and cons), we work with you to devise a plan that works for you. Our team strives to deliver clarity regarding costs, objectives, and steps. We want your experience to be as comfortable and as smooth sailing as possible.
  • COSMETIC DENTISTRY

    Aesthetic Dentistry

    Your Seattle dentist Diane McIntyre is highly trained in the aesthetics of creating new smiles for many of our patients. Using the latest in cosmetic dentistry, our dentist and professional staff will work together to restore or enhance your smile. We use the most modern technology and equipment in cosmetic dentistry so we can create the most natural looking smile for you. We believe that a beautiful smile is key to having a confident outlook and a happy life. Much depends on taking proper care of your teeth and mouth with regular dental visits. We at Wallingford Dental Arts will do our part in taking care of your teeth, providing you with the best new smile aesthetically and functionally.

     

    Bonding

    Bonding is a procedure normally used to repair imperfections and minor chips on front teeth. It’s also commonly used to fill in the gaps between teeth. For larger cracks and crooked or misaligned teeth, porcelain veneers are usually used. The bonding material can be matched to the color of your teeth and shaped to correct whatever the problem is. This procedure can usually be completed in one appointment, and anesthesia is rarely needed.  

    White Composite Fillings   

    Do you feel self-conscious about your black fillings? Do you cover your mouth when you laugh so no one notices them? There is no reason to continue living this way when you can have natural looking white fillings instead. For the past few years composites have been made with high-tech plastic material very closely matching natural teeth. You can have your black fillings replaced with composite fillings that match the color of your natural teeth. A single “Direct Composite” filling can be done in just one visit to your dentist at Wallingford Dental Arts. Composite fillings are perfect for small restorations.

    Dental Bridges

    Dental bridges are another option for replacing missing teeth. When someone has one or more missing teeth it can affect their bite, cause surrounding teeth to shift, change their smile, cause symptoms of TMJ and even speech impediments. If this goes on over a period of time the wear and tear on your remaining teeth can cause health problems. There are many different kinds of bridges available to remedy this problem.

    Your Seattle dentist, Diane McIntyre will most likely need to reshape your surrounding teeth in order to fit your bridge. Once that’s done a crown is placed over the reshaped teeth, which will then be connected to an artificial tooth. To replace front teeth a resin-bonded bridge us normally used. This can only be done if the surrounding gums and teeth are strong and healthy without a lot of fillings. A resin-bonded bridge doesn’t require a lot of preparation for the adjacent teeth.

    Your dentist at Wallingford Dental Arts can create a dental bridge for you, which will improve your confidence as it transforms your smile.

    Invisalign (“invisible braces”)

    When you hear the word “orthodontics,” what comes to mind? Probably a young teenager whose teeth are covered by a latticework of metal. There are indeed many orthodontic patients who fit that description. However, there now exists an increasingly popular alternative to traditional metal braces: Invisalign® clear aligners. As the name implies, Invisalign clear aligners are made of almost invisible polyurethane plastic. Rather than being cemented or bonded to the teeth as metal or clear braces are, clear aligners are completely removable — for important social occasions, for eating, and, most importantly, for tooth-brushing and flossing. This advantage can also be a disadvantage: It means you must resist the temptation to take your aligners out more than is advised. Here are some other advantages of the Invisalign system: • IMPROVED ORAL HYGIENE — With an orthodontic appliance that is removable, you will be able to clean your teeth much more easily than if you were wearing metal braces. • A DISCREET LOOK — If you consider your orthodontic treatment to be a private matter, or simply feel that metal braces don’t fit with your self-image, a practically invisible form of orthodontic treatment might suit you. • MORE DIETARY CHOICES — To protect metal wires and braces, some diet modifications are necessary. With clear aligners, you can still bite into an apple or a crispy pizza crust. • COMFORT — The soft, flexible material of which Invisalign is made will not irritate the soft tissues of the mouth, as metal wires and braces can. • TEETH-GRINDING PROTECTION — If you have a teeth-grinding or clenching habit, clear aligners can function as thin night-guards that will protect your teeth from excessive wear. To determine if Invisalign Clear Aligners are right for you, give us a call to schedule an appointment. We would be happy to review and discuss your orthodontic options with you.

    BioClear Method

    Our practice now offers the Bioclear Method, a minimally invasive approach for treatment of dental black triangles and other cosmetic issues.

    “Black Triangles”, a relatively new hot topic about an age old problem.

    More, and more we are hearing from patients about the unwanted space or “dental black triangles” that are developing between their teeth. This dark space, unfortunately, is what our human eye is drawn to. It leaves the teeth looking old and dark. This isn’t because your teeth are dark, it just the contrast between your white teeth, pink gums and dark space.

    There are several reasons that these black triangles form. The first is just simply the shape of some teeth. When your teeth take on more of a triangle form, they connect with one another at the chewing surface but not near the gum line, leaving a larger gap between teeth. Another common cause is gum recession. If your gums surrounding your teeth begin to recede due to gum disease or bite-related problems, you may notice these black triangles begin to appear. If left untreated, they will grow larger over time.

    Dentists using the Bioclear Matrix System can offer an alternative to veneers or crowns that provide unparalleled results with a minimally invasive process that will close these black triangles, and dramatically improve your smile. The space is filled with a glassy smooth and anatomically shaped composite material. This process will not only close the space but will also dramatically brighten your smile.

    Using anatomically correct matrices, and injection molding of composite, your dentist can achieve a rich, healthy smile restoration that will last, and help to preserve, and restore the papilla or gumline. In many cases is is the only long lasting solution especially on lower teeth.

    Intro to The Mother of All Black Triangles. Sometimes a particular case comes along that appears, at first glance, overwhelming. This case fits that description. (Fig1-3) However, when this patient emailed my office and inquired regarding flying across the country to have me treat him, I had fortunately done many cases involving hundreds of teeth using the Bioclear matrix system to treat dentitions afflicted with black triangles, albeit none of this magnitude. I felt absolutely confident that we could achieve a good outcome. The trick was to disassemble the case into bite sized pieces. This case presents many excellent questions and the additional challenge of severe facial abrasions. I will first review background of black triangles and of lower incisor complications and then proceed with the presentation of the clinical procedures used to treat this particular patient.

    Dental Black Triangles Fig 1) Preoperative view of black triangle case. Notice the pursing of lips and forced smile of a patient who is embarrassed of the esthetics of the lower teeth

    Dental Black Triangles up-close Fig 2 – Dental Black Triangles up-close Figure 2) The receded papilla height of the anterior teeth was not significantly lower than that of the posterior teeth, ruling out a surgical approach

    Dental Black Triangles Bottom Teeth Fig 3 – Dental Black Triangles Bottom Teeth Figure 3) This view demonstrates the unique “twisted butter knife” anatomy of the lower incisor tooth

    Black Triangles: Prevalence and Patient Attitudes

    One-third of adults suffer from black triangles or more appropriately referred to as open gingival embrasures. 1) Besides being unsightly and prematurely aging the smile, black triangles are prone to accumulate food debris and excessive plaque. 2) A recent study of patient attitudes found patient dissatisfaction with black triangles to rank quite highly among esthetic defects ranking third following carious lesions and dark crown margins.3) If you go online and Google “dental black triangles”, you will view hundreds of patient black triangle questions, and of patient complaints and lawsuits resultant from adult orthodontic cases and post-periodontal therapy papilla loss. This clinical and esthetic dilemma demands more attention from our profession. The caveat is that until now, there has been no easy, minimally invasive approach for treatment.