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By Bellevue Dental Excellence
June 22, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Some people avoid orthodontic correction because they believe they're too old, don't like the idea of wearing metal braces, or worry about the intricacies of eating with and caring for conventional appliances. With Invisalign clear aligners from Bellevue Dental Excellence in Bellevue, WA, you can have a straight, beautiful smile on your own terms. Just ask our experts, Dr. Man Sunwoo and Dr. Alan Ho.

What is Invisalign?

It continues to be the most popular aligner system across the globe. Helping millions have straighter, healthier smiles since the late nineties, Invisalign appliances are removable, clear, thin and totally unnoticeable.

Fully customized according to special three-dimensional imaging, your aligners will gradually move your teeth into better positions. They do it with maximum comfort and no complex hygiene routines or restrictions on your diet.

Your treatment plan

It will involve 18 to 30 pairs of aligners worn according to a custom-designed treatment plan. The appliances snap over top and bottom teeth, exerting gentle pressures that correct bite problems, gaps, crowding tipped and rotated teeth and more. You wear them 20 to 22 hours a day, removing them to eat, brush and floss.

Also, you check-in at our Bellevue, WA, office every month or so for a simple check on your progress as an Invisalign wearer. After an average treatment time of just one year, Dr. Sunwoo or Dr. Ho will recommend wearing a comfortable retainer to keep your smile well-aligned indefinitely.

Enjoying the benefits for life

Here's what you'll enjoy with a beautiful Invisalign smile:

1. Better oral health (less decay and gum disease because straight teeth collect less tartar and are easier to clean)

2. Excellent smile aesthetics (no gaps, overlapping or other defects)

3. Improved overall health (fewer headaches, jaw joint problems and ear pain related to crooked teeth)

Contact Bellevue Dental Excellence

Would you like to know more about Invisalign? Then, call our office team for a consultation with Dr. Man Sunwoo or Dr. Alan Ho. They'll do a complete exam and specialized 3-D scan to determine if Invisalign aligners are right for you. Phone (425) 378-1600.

By Bellevue Dental Excellence
May 07, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: CEREC  

Old metal fillings, a cracked tooth, discolored enamel. What do these problems have in common? You may remedy them with CEREC one-visit dentistry at Bellevue Dental Excellence. In a single visit with Dr. Man Sunwoo or Dr. Alan Ho in their Bellevue, WA, office, your dentist will design, create and place your CEREC restoration. The days of temporary crowns and long wait times are gone.

FAQS about CEREC

What does CEREC mean?

CEREC means Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. That's quite a mouthful, but what it boils down to is this. You can have a beautiful new ceramic crown, inlay, onlay or veneer in just about an hour. All the design and milling work is done in the treatment room as you relax in the dental chair. The results are beautiful and functional. Plus, the entire process takes only one to two hours.

What are the benefits of the CEREC processes?

Two benefits are very compelling. You don't have to wait weeks for your restoration. Plus, the CEREC machine takes digital impressions of your mouth. That means no sticky impression putty and uncomfortable trays. Other benefits include:

  • A perfect fit, bite, color and form every time
  • Restorations which are precision-crafted for your mouth, needs,* and preferences
  • Dr. Sunwoo or Dr. Ho do all the design work personally, using state of the art computer software
  • Patients watch their restorations being made
  • Restorations last for years--ten or more on average

Do CEREC restorations last?

CEREC bridges, crowns, veneers, fillings, onlays, and inlays last ten years or more on average. Just brush and floss at home according to American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines. Avoid hard foods that could damage your restorations, and see the team at Bellevue Dental Excellence twice a year for a check-up and cleaning.

How long has CEREC been around?

CEREC has been available for more than thirty years, but has gained exceptional popularity and widespread use over the past ten years or so. In the Bellevue area, Dr. Sunwoo mentors other dentists in the use of CEREC technology.

Find out more

Don't put off getting the restorative dental treatments you need. In fact, you could have them in just one day at Bellevue Dental Excellence. Why not give Dr. Sunwoo or Dr. Ho and their team a call to learn more about CEREC? Phone their Bellevue office at (425) 378-1600.

By Bellevue Dental Excellence
February 20, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Tooth Replacement  

How your dentists in Bellevue, Washington can rebuild your smile.

Losing teeth can occur due to periodontal disease, severe tooth decay, an injury or an accident, or other causes. If you have lost teeth, you’ll be glad to know there are several excellent tooth-replacement options to give you back your smile. Dr. Man Sunwoo and Dr. Alan Ho at Bellevue Dental Excellence in Bellevue, Washington offer a wide range of dental services, including tooth replacement options to rebuild your smile.

You can choose from superb tooth replacement options like these:

Dental implants, which are the most natural-looking, naturally functioning tooth replacement available; they are easy to maintain because you simply brush and floss them like natural teeth. After dental implants are placed, they are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. That’s because dental implant crowns are made of light-reflective materials that look just like tooth enamel. They also will never move around, because they are embedded in bone. You can count on dental implants to give you a permanent, beautiful, natural-looking smile.

Dental bridges, which are composed of prosthetic teeth to replace your missing teeth; these teeth are supported by an acrylic foundation that attaches to the teeth on either side. Crowns are placed on these adjacent teeth and the bridge is cemented onto them. Dental bridgework is natural-looking and you never have to take it out. You clean a dental bridge with brushing and flossing using a floss threader to clean underneath the bridge.

You deserve a beautiful, natural-looking smile and your dentists can help by providing superb tooth replacement options for you to choose from. To find out more about rebuilding your smile, call Dr. Man Sunwoo and Dr. Alan Ho of Bellevue Dental Excellence in Bellevue, Washington at (425) 378-1600. Call today.

By Bellevue Dental Excellence
January 07, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

You brush and floss daily, but those stubborn stains won't budge. Fortunately, here at Bellevue Dental Excellence in Bellevue, WA, Dr. Manteeth whitening Sunwoo and Dr. Alan Ho can provide some assistance with professional teeth whitening services. Professional whitening is a safe and effective way to dramatically brighten teeth in 60 minutes or less. For your convenience, we provide you with two options, so that you have a choice to whiten in-office or in the comfort of your own home. Read on to learn more!

Types of Teeth Whitening Services

At Bellevue Dental Excellence, Dr. Man Sunwoo and Dr. Alan Ho offer two professional whitening services for Bellevue, WA, patients. These are:

  • In-office - The doctor is in control during this chair-side bleaching method, and all you have to do is sit back and relax. First, a protective barrier to ensure your safety is placed on gum tissue and around the lips. We then apply a highly concentrated whitening gel to the teeth. In one hour, you will notice immediate results up to eight shades whiter.
  • Take-Home Trays - You take the stage in this whitening method because we give you the tools to renew your smile at home. To ensure the best possible results and achieve your desired level of whiteness, we take a mold of your mouth to provide you custom-made mouth trays. You'll fill them with the gel and wait 15 minutes before removing them.

How Can Teeth Whitening Renew My Smile?

The coffee you grab from the drive-thru window, the glass of wine you sip before bed, or the cigarette you smoke before work, are all causes for intrinsic (inside) and extrinsic (outside) stains. Surface stains may lessen from brushing and flossing, but when they are deeply rooted in the enamel, you'll need some professional help to help make your pearly whites white again. Professional teeth whitening renews the appearance of your smile, but it can also boost your confidence and revitalize your self-esteem.

Am I A Candidate For Teeth Whitening?

Most of our Bellevue, WA, patients are candidates for teeth whitening, but this will be validated once Dr. Man Sunwoo or Dr. Alan Ho performs an oral examination at Bellevue Dental Excellence.

Interested? Give Us a Call

To learn more about professional teeth whitening, in-office, or take-home trays, visit our website. For questions or to schedule an appointment at our Bellevue, WA, dental office, please call (425) 378-1600.

By Bellevue Dental Excellence
December 19, 2019
Category: CEREC
Tags: CEREC Restorations  

How same-day crowns from our office in Bellevue, WA, can put your smile back on track!

Do you need dental care? Most people at some point in their lives will be afflicted with dental decay and end up needing to receive a dental crown to remedy the situation. Here at Bellevue Dental Excellence in Bellevue, WA, Drs. Man Sunwoo and Alan Ho provide patients with CEREC to quickly alleviate this problem.

More About CEREC Restorations

CEREC restorations are tooth-colored all-ceramic crowns that are created and installed in a single dental appoint. That's right! With CEREC, you won't need to shuffle back and forth to the dentist to receive care.
To begin the CEREC process, your Bellevue dentist examines your teeth to determine the appropriate treatment. If we discover that the issue can be solved with crowns, our dentist will remove the decay and shape your tooth so that a CEREC cap can easily fit over the tooth.

The dentist then takes an optical impression of the tooth using a special camera that sends a digital image of your tooth to a 3D software to convert the digital image into a virtual model on a computer screen.

The image is then sent to a separate milling machine in the office, and a ceramic block matching your tooth shade is placed in the milling machine to be carved/shaped (a process that takes about 10 -15 minutes). Finally, your dentist bonds the crown over your natural tooth and, voila, you're all set!

Suffering from Tooth Decay or a Similar Issue? Give Us a Call

Are you interested in CEREC same-day crowns? If so, don't hesitate to call Bellevue Dental Excellence in Bellevue, WA, at (425) 378-1600 to schedule an appointment.





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