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By Ronald L. Schoepflin, D.D.S.
September 26, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Have you always dreamed of a movie star smile? With cosmetic dentistry, you can achieve the straight, bright, white smile you've always wanted. At Schoepflin Dental Excellence, Dr. Ronald Schoepflin and Dr. Scott Smith in Port Orchard specialize in making over smiles and can help you find the best treatments and procedures for you.


You may have tried whitening strips or gels from the drugstore, but the results can't compete with a professional-grade treatment from your cosmetic dentist. By using a solution with a higher percentage of peroxide, an in-office bleaching achieves incredibly white teeth with longer-lasting results.


Veneers are a great option for a winning smile. A ceramic overlay, shaped and colored to match your natural teeth, is affixed to the front of you teeth. No one will know the veneers aren't original teeth -- they are realistic and inconspicuous.


Many of us think of braces as uncomfortable and unattractive, but the newest versions are less obvious but just as effective at straightening your teeth and closing gaps in your smile. Brackets now come in clear or tooth-colored options which blend right in.

Dental Bonding

Teeth with cracks, chips and gaps can be restored with dental bonding, which uses a tooth-colored composite to fill and cover imperfections. Once the composite is cured under a special light, the bonding is durable and undetectable.

Dental Implants

Your cosmetic dentist might recommend dental implants if you are missing teeth, or have teeth that are too damaged for other options. A post secured in your jawbone will form the base for an artificial tooth, which will be colored and shaped to blend in with your other teeth. The implants offer all the functions of a natural tooth.

Your Port Orchard cosmetic dentists Dr. Schoepflin or Dr. Smith can do wonders for your smile. Call 360-871-2959 today for a consultation.

By Ronald L. Schoepflin, D.D.S.
October 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

This tooth-shaped cap is the restoration that will protect your damaged tooth.

Broken TeethEnamel is extremely strong but it doesn’t mean that a tooth can’t still sustain damage. From sports injuries to chewing ice, there are many habits and situations that can end up causing a tooth to chip, crack or fracture. When this happens, our Port Orchard, WA, dentists Dr. Ronald Schoepflin and Dr. Scott Smith swoop in to give you a restoration that will cover and protect the tooth. This restoration is known as a dental crown.

As you might have guessed from the name alone, this dental cap is designed to look just like the natural crown of a tooth. The crown is hollow, so it can easily fit over a tooth to cover it completely. By covering a tooth, a dental crown can strengthen and protect it from further damage.

While healthy teeth won’t often require dental crowns, our Port Orchard, WA, general dentist may recommend getting a dental crown if:

  • You have a tooth that is fractured, cracked or broken
  • You have a tooth that has been weakened by decay, trauma or infection
  • You have to undergo a root canal
  • You have a malformed or discolored tooth
  • You have a severely worn tooth (often from bad habits such as teeth grinding)
  • You want to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant or bridge

The goal of a dental crown is to:

  • Strengthen the weak tooth
  • Improve chewing and speaking
  • Prevent further wear and tear on the tooth
  • Stabilize and support a dental bridge
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Improve the appearance of a tooth

In most instances a dental crown will be used for restorative purposes; however, as you can see from this list, a crown may also be placed if it is severely discolored or disfigured to make it more attractive and to look like the rest of your natural and healthy smile.

Do you have questions about getting dental crowns? Do you want to discuss whether a crown is the right option for restoring a damaged tooth? If so, call Schoepflin Dental Excellence in Port Orchard, WA, today to schedule a consultation with us.

By Ronald L. Schoepflin, D.D.S.
July 18, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Cosmetic DentistryYour smile says more than "I'm happy." it also says "I'm confident." The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry states that a smile reflects your true personality. However, defects, stains and a dulled finish change how your project yourself to the world. Cosmetic dentistry from Schoepflin Dental Excellence in Port Orchard, WA, can change all that.

Your mouth is healthy but...

You don't want people to see your smile. Over the years, you've acquired some deep discolorations and a small chip on a front tooth. Combine those with mild overcrowding and your healthy teeth look shabby.

When you come to Schoepflin Dental Excellence in Port Orchard, your cosmetic dentists, Dr. Ronald Schoepflin and Dr. Scott Smith, can show you ways to enhance your smile.

They address issues such as:

  • Tooth color
  • Dental alignment
  • Missing teeth
  • Dark fillings
  • Gaps
  • Crowding
  • Surface defects
  • Hairline cracks
  • Chips

With a comprehensive examination, your dentist can tell you if your mouth is healthy enough for a cosmetic makeover. If it is, he'll develop a care plan which considers how you want your smile to improve and also what changes are truly possible.

Cosmetic dentistry options

Considering your individual needs, personal preferences and goals, your cosmetic dentist in Port Orchard can offer one or more state-of-the-art aesthetic treatments which will boost your appearance and confidence for years. Schoepflin Dental Excellence executes all smile makeovers with skilled precision, using only quality materials that are durable, biocompatible and natural-looking.

Services offered at Schoepflin Dental Excellence include:

  • Teeth whitening to brighten smiles by several shades quickly and safely
  • Porcelain veneers to cover damaged tooth structure with a thin shell of realistic ceramic
  • Dental implants to replace missing teeth with artificial teeth rooted in the jaw bone
  • Cosmetic contouring to reshape chipped and uneven tooth enamel
  • Composite resin bonding for durable and realistic repair of small flaws
  • Tooth-colored fillings which restore decay with an inventive mixture of glass particles and acrylic

Find out more

Yes, your smile can change for the better. Learn how during a personal smile analysis with Dr. Schoepflin or Dr. Smith. Call the office in Port Orchard, WA, today at (360) 871-2959!

By Ronald L. Schoepflin, D.D.S.
June 02, 2018
Category: Uncategorized

At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By Ronald L. Schoepflin, D.D.S.
January 31, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”

Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.

A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:

  • Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
  • Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
  • Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
  • Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.

If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”