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Bellingham, WA 98225

Cosmetic Dentistry


Two Bellingham WA women who came to see our cosmetic dentist and are happy with the results.

Smile and the Whole World Smiles With You


What's in a smile that makes this saying true?


•  The confidence to display those "pearly whites" in any social situation or professional engagement.
•  The ease to share in a joke without concern for how your teeth look.
•  The assurance that you look your best.

It's easy to take a smile for granted, unless you're self-conscious about yours. In that case, you may spend more time and thought on hiding your smile than enjoying the moment. Natural imperfections, accidental damage, and food stains have always caused embarrassment and social anxiety. Don't dim your smile because of stained, chipped, or crooked teeth. With modern cosmetic dentistry, you can put those days behind you.

Brighten Your Day With a Natural, Healthy, Radiant Smile


Dentistry with Smiles has been restoring luster to teeth and confidence to smiles for over 17 years. In that time, we've had patients come to us with the full spectrum of cosmetic dental issues. From whitening to implants, veneers to bridges, every one of our patients has left our office smiling unabashedly.

Implant Restorations


A dental implant is a post made of metal that is designed to replace missing teeth. It is usually made out of titanium and is placed surgically into the jawbone where the tooth is missing. The restoration uses a post and a crown to closely replicate your missing tooth. Unlike a bridge, an implant is a permanent solution. Read More About Implant Restorations

Porcelain Veneers & Crowns


Tooth veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry technique for creating a beautiful smile. They consist of thin sections of durable porcelain that are custom made for the unique shape of your teeth. A crown is a covering that will wrap and protect the entire surface of a tooth, allowing it to look and function just like the original tooth. Read More About Porcelain Veneers & Crowns

Composite Bonding


Bonding is a procedure where we apply a tooth-colored composite material to a tooth, shape it, allow it to harden and polish it. It can be used in certain situations where a tooth has been damaged or become stained. These are generally minor repairs that can be resolved through this relatively inexpensive means rather than through a more costly dental procedure. Read More About Composite Bonding

Teeth Whitening


Whitening the teeth is one of the easiest and most noticeable changes that you can make to improve the appearance of your smile. Whitening, or bleaching, is a non-invasive and simple dental treatment that will alter the color of your tooth enamel to make your smile look whiter and brighter. Read More About Teeth Whitening
Two Bellingham WA women who came to see our cosmetic dentist and are happy with the results.

Smile and the Whole World Smiles With You


What's in a smile that makes this saying true?


•  The confidence to display those "pearly whites" in any social situation or professional engagement.
•  The ease to share in a joke without concern for how your teeth look.
•  The assurance that you look your best.

It's easy to take a smile for granted, unless you're self-conscious about yours. In that case, you may spend more time and thought on hiding your smile than enjoying the moment. Natural imperfections, accidental damage, and food stains have always caused embarrassment and social anxiety. Don't dim your smile because of stained, chipped, or crooked teeth. With modern cosmetic dentistry, you can put those days behind you.

Brighten Your Day With a Natural, Healthy, Radiant Smile


Dentistry with Smiles has been restoring luster to teeth and confidence to smiles for over 17 years. In that time, we've had patients come to us with the full spectrum of cosmetic dental issues. From whitening to implants, veneers to bridges, every one of our patients has left our office smiling unabashedly.

Tap the links below to read about some of the cosmetic services that our practice offers. (Tap again to close.)

► Implant Restorations
When facing tooth loss or after having experienced a long period where you are missing one or more teeth it can have a real draining effect on your life. Tooth loss directly affects your quality of life in ways that people who have not experienced tooth loss take for granted. At Dentistry with Smiles, we take tooth loss seriously and want our patients to have permanent solutions that they can count on. Dental implants offer a permanent tooth replacement that can restore every facet of a natural tooth to the patient.

What Dental Implants Are


Dental implants are permanent, surgically inserted, tooth replacements that have the ability to support single missing teeth, several missing teeth in a row, and even a full arch of missing teeth. They restore missing teeth in every way. Not only do they look and feel like real teeth, but they also allow you to chew food the same way you would with your natural teeth and they even promote a healthy jaw and oral tissues.

Parts Of A Dental Implant


Dental implants are made up of three main parts – post, abutment, and crown. The post is made of titanium because titanium is a biocompatible metal. When something is said to be “biocompatible” that means that the bone and tissue structures of the body readily accept and integrate (grown around) them.

The second part of the implant is the abutment, which screws into the top of the post and is held there with permanent dental cement. The abutments role is to provide adequate surface area for us to attach the crown permanently.

The crown is the final part of the implant and is made to look just like your natural tooth. The crown can be made from a variety of materials including:
•  Porcelain
•  Porcelain fused to metal
•  Ceramic
•  Ceramic fused to metal
•  Zirconia

Dental Implant Placement Procedure


The first step in any procedure done at our office is to ensure you are comfortable. We will apply topical anesthetics and a numbing agent to make sure that you feel no pain and provide you with any

The post is surgically inserted into the bone in your jaw and allowed to heal. During the healing period the bone in your jaw will grow around the titanium post in a process known as osseointegration. Once it has had some time to heal (sometimes several months), you will return to our office so that we can place the abutment and the crown. Both the abutment and crown will be held in place using permanent dental cement once we find the spot at which they fit perfectly into your bite.

Dental Implants Can Support Full Dentures


More specifically we can place permanent, full arch, tooth replacements on several dental implants and give you back your ability to eat and speak as you did before you lost your teeth. This allows you a tremendous amount of freedom that you wouldn’t get with dentures that must be taken out to eat or sleep.

Please call us today at (360) 312-3187 to schedule your appointment.


► Porcelain Veneers & Crowns
Tooth veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry technique for creating a beautiful smile. They consist of thin sections of durable porcelain that are custom made for the unique shape of your teeth. Dental laboratories create the veneers to match the exact color and shape specifications sent in by your dentist, and once completed, they will be bonded onto the front surface of your teeth.

Veneers are often chosen as alternatives to crowns and other restorations, and they can be used to completely alter the shape of your smile and teeth. They are quite durable and can last for several years, allowing you to enjoy a beautiful and long-lasting smile.

Reasons to Choose Porcelain Veneers


Porcelain veneers can improve the appearance and function of your smile by correcting a variety of dental issues:
•  Misshapen teeth
•  Crooked teeth
•  Teeth that have been severely stained
•  Yellowed or discolored teeth
•  Teeth that appear too large or small for your smile
•  Gaps or other uneven spaces
•  Teeth that have been chipped, broken, or worn

The Porcelain Veneer Procedure


If you've decided to use porcelain veneers to improve your smile, you'll need to schedule two visits. At your first appointment, your teeth will be prepared via light buffing and surface shaping so the veneer can fit around the tooth. Impressions or molds of your teeth will be taken, and you and Dr. Ullsmith will choose the color of your new restorations.

At your second visit, your teeth will be cleaned with a specialized solution that will help the veneers to bond to the surface of your teeth. Bonding cement will be placed between the veneer and the natural tooth, and your dentist will use a specialized light to help set the bond and harden the cement.

After your appointment, you should continue to see your dentist regularly to check up on the health and appearance of your smile. By following a proper dental hygiene routine and visiting your dentist regularly, you'll extend the life of your beautiful new porcelain veneers.

Dental Crowns


A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens the tooth structure, giving the tooth a longer life than it would have if restored by fillings or other types of restorations.

All Porcelain


A very aesthetically pleasing crown usually recommended for front teeth only. There is a higher risk of this type of crown fracturing if placed on posterior teeth.

Porcelain Fused to Metal


A metal based crown with porcelain baked to the outside to make it more aesthetically appealing. This type of crown is great for someone who wants a tooth colored crown but still wants durability. There is still a risk of fracturing these types of crowns but usually it is just the outside porcelain that chips off.


► Composite Bonding
Bellingham, WA man with perfect teeth due to composite dental bonding.Bonding is a procedure where we apply a tooth-colored composite material to a tooth, shape it, allow it to harden and polish it. It can be used in certain situations where a tooth has been damaged or become stained. These are generally minor repairs that can be resolved through this relatively inexpensive means rather than through a more costly dental procedure.

How Dental Bonding Works


The dentist prepares the tooth surface so the bonding material will adhere. Once it has been applied, the dentist will shape it so it has a natural appearance. Then the material is allowed to harden, usually with the help of a light. Finally, the composite is polished and buffed so that the surface is smooth.

Is Composite Bonding for Everyone?


This is not a process that is recommended if you are a smoker as smoke causes staining. Also, the material is not as durable as porcelain veneers and crowns so it chips more easily; eventually it may require replacing.

Does insurance cover dental bonding?


Bonding is a perfectly adequate and more affordable solution to certain dental problems. Dental bonding can take less time to accomplish and may not even require anesthesia. Depending upon the issue, insurance may cover it. Ask us if your insurance covers dental bonding or call your dental insurance company before you come in.

Please don't procrastinate if you have a dental problem but are worried about the time, cost or pain involved. Perhaps dental bonding can offer you a solution. Give us a call at (360) 312-3187 so we can discuss options with you.


► Teeth Whitening

Think of the last time you noticed how nice someone’s teeth looked and you will probably realize that it was because of ho stunningly white they were. Teeth whitening is easily the most popular procedure in all of cosmetic dentistry for a good reason. Everyone notices beautiful, white teeth! Teeth whitening is popular because it makes a huge difference and it takes so little time to achieve a brilliant, white smile. At Dentistry with Smiles we offer professional teeth whitening options that are fast, effective, and safe.

Why You Should Consider Teeth Whitening


As it turns out, having white teeth is the biggest aesthetic concern of American dental patients because it’s the easiest way to improve your smile vastly. No serious alteration of your teeth needs to happen, just a little sprucing up and you are ready to go! No need to reshape of physically alter your teeth.

What You Can Accomplish With Tooth Whitening


We can tackle a wide variety of issues with professional teeth whitening. Coloration and staining issues that are hard to treat with over-the-counter products and treatment methods are a breeze for us here at Dentistry with Smiles. Some of the issues that we can treat with our whitening solutions include:
•  Yellow or brown teeth
•  Teeth stained by coffee, wine, or tea
•  Medications that stain teeth like tetracycline
•  Teeth that have worn down and lack enamel
•  Fluorosis, or whit marks on teeth

Over-The-Counter Solutions Can’t Compare To Professional Whitening


Everyone has had that moment in the dental care aisle where we are faced with the question of, “Does this OTC teeth whitening stuff really work?” More often than not the answer is that it does work, but painfully slowly and not to the point that you notice a change in the shade of your teeth. What you will notice with OTC whitening products is an increased sensitivity to hot and cold substances and maybe a little bit of frustration that your teeth aren’t whiter.

Professional Teeth Whitening Offers Options and Results


We understand that one solution doesn’t necessarily fit everyone’s lifestyle, so we offer a few different teeth whitening solutions.

Our most popular whitening solution is in-office teeth whitening which allows us to whiten your teeth as much or as little as you would like in roughly an hour. There are a few different methods that we can use in-office depending on the variety of the staining and how many shades you would like to whiten your teeth.

We also offer a take-home whitening method. We will craft some trays that are custom made to fit your smile, and give you a whitening solution to place in the trays. You will need to wear the trays for roughly an hour at a time, one to two times a day. This can take anywhere from a week to a month of two depending on how white you would like your teeth.

Keep Your Teeth Whiter For Longer


Remember, the best way to keep your smile looking fabulous is to avoid foods that can stain them or wear away at your enamel. The biggest teeth strainers include:
•  Coffee
•  Tea
•  Soda
•  Wine
•  Deeply colored fruits
•  Acidic foods

To learn more about how to whiten your teeth fast and effectively, call us today at (360) 312-3187.
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