While you may not realize it, your teeth are always talking - and they're doing it all on their own. The way your smile looks dictates the impressions others form upon meeting you. Don't you want to ensure that those impressions are top-notch? By making yourself aware of what your smile is saying, you can seize control of the situation.

It can be tough to step back and objectively evaluate your smile. That's why a Lake City cosmetic dentist can be a big help. By meeting with a professional, you give yourself a chance to learn more about the opportunities ahead - and what your teeth need to get to that happy place. Soon, those who encounter your smile will come away with nothing but positive associations. And you'll find yourself feeling better than ever about your life.

How Does Your Smile Make You Feel?

We know that it can sound like an exaggeration when we state that cosmetic dentistry improves the way you feel about yourself. But we've seen it happen for so many patients. When you decide to change the things you don't like about your appearance, you put yourself in charge. And with the contemporary treatment options available, cosmetic dentistry doesn't have to be complex or uncomfortable.

If you love your smile, then that's great - more power to you! But if there's something that you feel is holding you back, then it's time to start a conversation.

Lake City Cosmetic Dentist on How We Perceive Our Teeth

Your teeth can prematurely age you, make you appear less healthy, and even make you seem weak. It's unfair, but it's true. For a few other associations that tend to stem from imperfect smiles, check out this infographic:


So, once you've decided to make a cosmetic change, what's the next step? A little research will get you better-acquainted with your treatment options. Dr. Kim Okamura is a talented cosmetic dentist with an eye for aesthetics; once you start talking with her about your smile, she'll make some recommendations to get it to the place you're imagining.

Are you looking to correct one of the common dental problems below? Find the issue that applies, and then check out the corresponding treatment options:

  • Chipped or cracked teeth - Bruxism, gradual erosion, and physical trauma are no good for teeth - and will lead to eventual breaks. Whether there's a small chip or a larger crack, protecting the tooth in question will improve your smile's appearance and help prevent further damage. Consider composite bonding or porcelain veneers; if the crack is significant, a porcelain crown may be best.

  • Short front teeth - Worn teeth make your smile look smaller, and detract from its overall aesthetics. Wear from grinding or acidic erosion will take away from your enamel, and allow the yellow dentin layer beneath to show through. In most cases, porcelain veneers will lengthen and rebuild the weakened structures.

  • Crooked teeth - It's never too late to straighten crooked teeth. Even as an adult, you have options that won't cover your teeth in braces. We offer Invisalign for subtle straightening that will improve the appearance and function of your teeth.

  • Stained or yellow teeth - Stains can be internal or external, meaning they're either in the enamel or in the tooth layers beneath. Depending on your stains, either teeth whitening, composite bonding, or porcelain veneers will brighten your grin.

If you'd like to learn more about any of the treatments mentioned, we're standing by with answers. Simply contact us at (206) 362-3200, or submit an inquiry online. We'll be in touch!

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Dr. Kim Okamura

I'm Dr. Kim Okamura and this blog is a product of my love of dentistry. I dedicate it to all the patients I have served so that they may better understand my craft. The information here will give you and others the power to maintain and protect one of your most priceless gifts ... your SMILE.