Dr. James S. Kim, DDS. SC

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Cosmetic Dentistry

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We strongly encourage and invite questions from our patients. An educated and informed patient is a patient who is empowered to take control over his or her own healthcare. Please take a look through this selection of questions our patients often ask. If your question is not answered here or if you’d like further information, please give us a call at 715-849-5667

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Cosmetic Dentistry


Have you considered making a significant change to the appearance of your smile? Then you might benefit from dental veneers.

Dental veneers are a permanent solution for a variety of cosmetic dental flaws. Using these thin but durable stain-resistant porcelain shells can improve the appearance of:

  • Discolored teeth
  • Short or worn down teeth
  • Widely spaced teeth
  • Minor misalignments
  • Chips, cracks, and other esthetic damage


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Dental Veneers in Wausau, WI

You might not realize this, but veneers are often the secret behind the flawless smile of our favorite celebrities! Today, veneers are simple to place and much more affordable, which means that just about everyone can have a smile they are proud of and eager to show off.

Because veneers do require us to remove a small amount of your natural enamel, it’s important to recognize that placing veneers will result in a permanent change in your teeth. The veneers themselves can last as long as ten years with good home health care habits and regular visits to our office. While the veneer can’t develop cavities, the natural tooth structure beneath it still can, so it’s important to keep up a good oral health routine.

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The best way to find out if you are a good candidate for dental veneers is to call our office and schedule your free consultation with Dr. James Kim.


The answer, unfortunately, is yes. Smoking is absolutely going to affect cosmetic dentistry procedures – and any other type of dental procedure. Not only does smoking make it more likely that you may need dental treatment, it makes that treatment harder to provide.

As you probably already know, smoking creates a host of dental health risks and complications, which must be taken into account before performing a cosmetic dentistry procedure.

For example, smokers are at a higher risk for developing gum disease, bone damage, and inflammation of oral tissue, as well as throat and oral cancers. This can create problems with cosmetic dentistry procedures such as dental implants, affecting the success of the procedure and the long-term prognostics of the implant. Your ability to heal properly is impacted by smoking. Smoking increases the chance that dental implants will not correctly integrate into existing bone tissue. Gum diseases caused by smoking can also cause implants to fail.

Implants aren’t the only procedure affected by smoking. The stains caused by smoking will negate any benefits you may get from tooth whitening and will stain restorations like crowns and porcelain veneers. If you are a smoker, the best thing to do is quit before you get a cosmetic dentistry procedure.

If you need help quitting, please talk to us.

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