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Find out how dental veneers could quickly give you a new and improved appearance.
Are you feeling less than confidence about your appearance because your smile is lacking? Are you dealing with chips, discolorations, or gaps between teeth? If so, then you could be an ideal candidate for dental veneers. From the office of our Lake Oswego, OR, dentist Dr. Colin Smith, find out the many ways dental veneers can improve your smile.
What are dental veneers?
Veneers are very thin shells made from medical-grade porcelain that are bonded to the front surface of your teeth to hide common imperfections and to improve the overall shape, size, color, and alignment of your smile.
While veneers don’t have to be placed on all of your teeth, they are ideal for patients who are dealing with more widespread imperfections that bonding, tooth reshaping, or professional whitening won’t be able to address.
What are the benefits of dental veneers?
Here are just some of the advantages of getting dental veneers from your dentist in Lake Oswego, OR.
The porcelain used to create your veneers is designed to look just like real tooth enamel. They even reflect light in the exact same way; therefore, no one will even be able to tell that your beautiful smile isn’t actually yours.
Fix a Variety of Issues
Since veneers cover the entire front surface of your teeth they can hide a wide range of cosmetic imperfections including:
- Gaps between teeth
- Chips and cracks
- Misshapen or oddly shaped teeth
- Worn teeth
- Teeth that are too small
- Slightly crooked or misaligned teeth
Veneers have the ability to not only be able to give you a whiter and more even smile but they can even give you a straighter set of teeth without ever having to turn to braces.
Thanks to the medical-grade porcelain you know you are getting a durable restoration that can withstand everyday biting and chewing. Another wonderful benefit is that porcelain is stain-resistant. As long as you are careful with your veneers they could last several years before needing to be replaced.
If you are dealing with imperfections that are keeping you from having the smile you want in then our Lake Oswego, OR, dental team can help. Find out if dental veneers are the right fit for you! Call your dentist at Lake Oswego Smiles today at (503) 535 3653 to learn more.
Could puffy gums be the first sign that you have gum disease?
It's an unfortunate reality that many Americans end up dealing with gum disease every year. It's even more unfortunate that many of them don’t even know it until they visit our Lake Oswego, OR, dentist, Dr. Colin Smith, for a regular checkup! Of course, there are some warning signs that may alert you to the fact that your gums aren’t as healthy as you may have thought. Some of the common symptoms of gum disease include:
- Bleeding gums when you brush or floss
- Red, swollen gums
- Gums that are tender to the touch or sore
- Receding gums (teeth may appear longer than usual)
- Persistent and unexplained bad breath
- Loose teeth or tooth loss
- Changes in your bite
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important that you schedule an appointment with our general dentist in Lake Oswego, OR. A simple oral exam is often all that’s needed to pinpoint gum disease. Plus the sooner gum disease is detected, the easier it is to treat.
Early Treatment is Key
While the goal should always be to prevent dental issues from happening in the first place, if there is something going on, it’s important that we find it early on. In fact, if gum disease is caught during the early stages when it’s still just gingivitis, it can actually be reversed. This is why it’s a good idea to turn to us at the very first sign that your gums have changed.
If gingivitis isn’t treated this can lead to full-blown gum disease. In more advanced and serious cases, untreated periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss and bone damage.
How to Prevent Gum Disease
There are simple everyday measures that you can take to ensure that your gums remain healthy. Proper oral hygiene is key, so make sure to brush and floss on a daily basis to reduce gum disease-causing plaque and bacteria. You should also visit your dentist every six months for cleanings and checkups. As we mentioned earlier, sometimes gum disease doesn’t cause symptoms, so coming in for these checkups is the only way to catch it early on.
Concerned? Give Us a Call!
Our Lake Oswego, OR, dental team wants to make sure that your gums get the proper care they need. No matter whether you need to schedule a routine cleaning or you are looking for ways to effectively manage your gum disease, call Lake Oswego Smiles today at (503) 635-3653.