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By Kirkland Smiles Dental Care
August 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

How cosmetic dentistry from Kirkland can enhance your smilecosmetic dentistry

If you are looking for a way to improve and enhance your smile, you need to explore the world of cosmetic dentistry. Modern cosmetic dentistry offers many state-of-the-art techniques which can turn an ordinary smile into a dental work of art. Dr. Bernard Pak at Kirkland Smiles Dental Care in Kirkland, WA wants to help you discover what the right cosmetic dental procedure can do for your smile.

If your smile is dull and yellow due to aging, coffee or smoking, you might be looking for a professional teeth whitening treatment. These treatments are an inexpensive, quick way to rev up your smile. You can whiten your smile up to 8 shades whiter and the dramatic results you achieve can last up to 5 years! Dr. Pak offers these effective teeth whitening options:

  • In-office whitening, which takes about an hour; this option is the perfect choice to fit with your busy schedule.
  • Take-home whitening, which is a kit containing custom whitening trays and gel; this option is a great choice if you want to whiten at your own pace.

If you have teeth that are damaged, cracked or broken, you might be looking for a dental bonding treatment. Dental bonding uses a liquid resin which can be blended onto the tooth surface masking unsightly dental issues like cracks, chips and stains. The material is then hardened using a high-tech ultraviolet light and then polished perfectly to match your teeth. The result is a dental restoration that is virtually invisible.

If you want to achieve a celebrity-perfect smile that you’ve been dreaming of, you might be looking for porcelain veneers. These are thin sheaths of sparkling white porcelain which are cemented onto the front surfaces of your teeth. Porcelain veneers can completely cover up cracks, chips, defects, excessive tooth wear and other unsightly dental issues.

These are just a few of the cosmetic dental procedures you might be looking for. To view a complete list of cosmetic services, please visit the cosmetic dentistry section on the website at

Why wait to get the smile you deserve when your perfect smile is just a phone call away? For more information about cosmetic and general dental services call Dr. Pak at Kirkland Smiles Dental Care in Kirkland, WA today!

By Kirkland Smiles Dental Care
August 16, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth decay   sugar  

We’ve waged war for decades against tooth decay through oral hygiene and the increasing use of fluoride, nature’s “super weapon” against this disease. And yet, tooth decay remains a significant health problem.

One major reason is refined sugar found in many processed foods. In the 1970s researchers raised concerns about the fat content of many processed foods, so manufacturers began removing fat from their products — along with much of the flavor. To compensate, they added sugar. Today, three-quarters of approximately 600,000 food products contain sugar.

This has increased average individual consumption to 90 pounds of sugar annually. The World Health Organization says we should consume no more than 20 pounds annually, or about 6 teaspoons a day. A single can of soda contains 4 teaspoons, two-thirds of the daily allowance.

High sugar consumption is an obvious threat to dental health: decay-causing bacteria thrive on it. But the trend has also been linked to serious health problems like diabetes and heart disease.

Hopefully, changes in public policy will one day modify the addition of sugar in processed foods. In the meantime, you can take action for yourself and your family to create a more healthy relationship with this popular carbohydrate.

Shop wisely. Learn to read and understand food labels: steer clear of those containing sugar or large numbers of ingredients. Become acquainted with sugar’s many other “names” like corn syrup or evaporated cane juice. And maximize your shopping on a store’s outer perimeters where you’ll find fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy products, rather than the middle aisles with “boxed” processed items.

Avoid sugar-added drinks. Limit consumption of sodas, sports drinks, sweet teas or even juice to avoid added sugar. Make water or sugar-free beverages your go-to drinks. It’s much better to eat sugar naturally found in fresh fruits and vegetables, where fiber helps slow it’s absorption in the body, than to drink it.

Exercise. Depending on your condition, physical exertion is good for your overall health. It’s especially beneficial for your body’s ability to metabolize sugar. So with your doctor’s advice, exert your body every day.

It’s important to engender a proper relationship with sugar — a little can go a long way. Putting sugar in its rightful place can help you avoid tooth decay and increase your chances of greater overall health.

If you would like more information on sugar’s impact on dental and general health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Bitter Truth About Sugar.”

By Kirkland Smiles Dental Care
August 01, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   crowns  

You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:  He can escape from ropes, chains, and prison cells, make a Learjet or a railroad car disappear, and even appear to fly above the stage. But the illustrious illusionist will be the first to admit that making all that magic takes a lot of hard work. And he recently told Dear Doctor magazine that his brilliant smile has benefitted from plenty of behind-the-scenes dental work as well.

“When I was a kid, I had every kind of [treatment]. I had braces, I had headgear, I had rubber bands, and a retainer afterward,” Copperfield said. And then, just when his orthodontic treatment was finally complete, disaster struck. “I was at a mall, running down this concrete alleyway, and there was a little ledge… and I went BOOM!”

Copperfield’s two front teeth were badly injured by the impact. “My front teeth became nice little points,” he said. Yet, although they had lost a great deal of their structure, his dentist was able to restore those damaged teeth in a very natural-looking way. What kind of “magic” did the dentist use?

In Copperfield’s case, the teeth were repaired using crown restorations. Crowns (also called caps) are suitable when a tooth has lost part of its visible structure, but still has healthy roots beneath the gum line. To perform a crown restoration, the first step is to make a precise model of your teeth, often called an impression. This allows a replacement for the visible part of the tooth to be fabricated, and ensures it will fit precisely into your smile. In its exact shape and shade, a well-made crown matches your natural teeth so well that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. Subsequently, the crown restoration is permanently attached to the damaged tooth.

There’s a blend of technology and art in making high quality crowns — just as there is in some stage-crafted illusions. But the difference is that the replacement tooth is not just an illusion: It looks, functions and “feels” like your natural teeth… and with proper care it can last for many years to come.  Besides crowns, there are several other types of tooth restorations that are suitable in different situations. We can recommend the right kind of “magic” for you.

If you would like more information about crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”