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November 17, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  

Porcelain veneers are among the most sought after cosmetic dentistry services. Offered by Lake Oswego Smiles, these realistic laminates correct many kinds of dental flaws. Top dentist in Lake Oswego, OR, Dr. Colin Smith, can tell you more about veneers.

What are porcelain veneers?

Veneers are also called dental laminates. Imitating the color, shape and size of your teeth--minus the flaws--veneers are thin layers of superior-grade ceramic. Dr. Smith permanently bonds them to the front side of teeth which are:

  • Deeply discolored and unresponsive to professional teeth whitening
  • Chipped, pitted or cracked
  • Dark due to metal fillings, tetracycline or root canal treatment
  • Gapped, slightly crooked or crowded
  • Irregular in shape and/or size

How do porcelain veneers work?

To create and apply veneers, Dr. Smith will examine your teeth and gums and discuss your ideas for a renewed smile. Oral impressions give the dental lab an accurate way to create each veneer individually, and the laminates possess a complementary color and sheen.

To ensure proper fit, Dr. Smith removes a small portion of enamel from each tooth. When your veneers are ready, he bonds them to your smile using a long-lasting and tooth-colored cement. Most people acclimate to their veneers quickly and really enjoy their sparkling appearance.

Other benefits of porcelain veneers

1. Your new smile takes just two visits with your dentist in his Lake Oswego, OR, office.

2. The porcelain is highly stain-resistant (reports EverydayHealth). Unlike tooth enamel, it is smooth and non-porous.

3. Veneers make your tooth structure more resilient to the forces exerted when you bite and chew.

4. Veneers often finish more complex smile makeovers.

5. Daily maintenance of your refinished teeth is as simple as brushing, flossing and avoiding dense, hard foods, such as almonds, taffy and candy apples.

6. Porcelain veneers last for many years.

What would you do for a beautiful smile?

Really, achieving this goal may be easier than you think. Why not contact Lake Oswego Smiles for an informative cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Colin Smith? He loves giving his patients their dream smiles. Porcelain veneers could be your best choice. Call our Lake Oswego, OR, office today at (503) 635-3653.

By Lake Oswego Smiles
November 15, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: crown  

As resilient as your teeth may be, they can still suffer damage from general wear-and-tear, injury, or infection over a period of time. Fortunately, with the help of your dentist, you can save your ailing or broken tooth by having a crown installed. Read on to learn more about this common restorative dental procedure, and call Lake Oswego Smiles in Lake Oswego, OR, if you think that a crown could help boost your dental health.

How Is a Crown Constructed?
When you think of a crown, you probably imagine a tool that covers, protects, and beautifies. That’s what a dental crown does for a troubled tooth. Made of porcelain (sometimes composite resin), these tiny, smooth, polished devices are hollowed out so that an abutted tooth can fit inside. The outside of the crown is constructed so that it sits flush with your gumline, making it indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth.

How a Crown Can Save Your Tooth
In many cases, a tooth may be discolored, weak, or broken on the outer layers, but still have good, healthy tissue on the inside. In other cases, the inside of a tooth may have decay, but bad tissue can be removed to save it. In both cases, a crown will provide much needed protection for the tooth so that it can survive for many years to come. Here at our office in Lake Oswego, your dentist can create and install a permanent crown device in about three week’s time.

A Simple Procedure
As complex as it may sound, it is a fairly easy and straightforward process to have a crown installed by a dentist. The first step is to remove the unwanted enamel from the natural tooth. Next, you’ll need to have a dental mold taken to ensure that the new crown will fit perfectly. Finally, you’ll revisit the dentist’s office in a few weeks to have the crown bonded, a process that takes just a few minutes to complete.

Do You Need a Crown?
After careful consideration, your dentist may determine that you can benefit from having a dental crown placed, or a crown-supported device like a bridge. Call (503) 635-3653 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Colin Smith at Lake Oswego Smiles in Lake Oswego, OR.