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Esthetic Family Dentistry | Stanley C. Tang, DDS
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Esthetic/Cosmetic Dentistry in Monroe, WA

Cosmetic dentistry encompasses any dental procedure that enhances and improves the beauty of your smile. Patients often request porcelain veneers or composite veneers which are hard tooth like materials that mimic the natural tooth form and color. Other patients desire their teeth whitened or bleached with an active ingredient of hydrogen or carbamide peroxide. Numerous studies have reported no adverse affects to the tooth structure as a result of bleaching. Ultimately it is up to you and your dentist to decide what fits best for your dental needs.

Tooth colored fillings

Tooth colored fillings, otherwise known as composites or compomers, consist of hard resin polymers to mimic the properties of a natural tooth. The Smile Institute can sculpt composites artistically to match the surrounding teeth. They are often chemically bonded into place and provide excellent longevity and durability. They often are used to repair a cavity or fracture due to trauma or dental disease. Composites can also be used to close unsightly gaps or spaces, and change color or contours of existing teeth.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are very thin porcelain shells that cover the teeth to enhance an individual's smile. They are bonded to a prepared tooth and are very durable and long lasting. Once veneers are bonded to the teeth, they appear very natural and tooth-like. This is where The Smile Institute's true artistry is seen as veneers can be life changing for the individual.


Crowns exist in many forms. Some have a metal substructure to support porcelain. Others are all porcelain that reflect light much like a real tooth and are often used in highly visible areas of the mouth. A crown replaces significantly lost tooth structure or strengthens a tooth after it has undergone root canal therapy. Every patient's needs are different. Please consult your dentist as to which crown will serve you best.

Composite Bonding

Cosmetic dental bonding is a versatile and affordable way to improve the appearance of chipped teeth, stained teeth and gapped teeth. As one of the most conservative cosmetic dentistry treatments around, cosmetic dental bonding requires little to no prepping and preserves most of the natural tooth structure. And it's fast, too! Dental bonding usually takes just one visit to complete.