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By LAKE OSWEGO SMILES
July 18, 2019
Category: Dental Conditions
Tags: Veneers  

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 veneersgaps 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.

Natural Appearance

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
  • Discolorations
  • 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.

Long-Lasting Restoration

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.

By LAKE OSWEGO SMILES
September 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   Veneers  

Who wouldn't be grateful for a healthy mouth with no cavities or gum disease? Of course, you're happy with your good check-up at Lake veneersOswego Smiles, but you confess to your dentist, Dr. Colin Smith in Lake Oswego, OR, that some chips and tobacco stains really detract from your appearance. Does he have a solution? Thankfully, Dr. Smith delivers many beautiful smile makeovers. Some include porcelain veneers, the modern way to cover dental defects for a truly outstanding smile. You could qualify for veneers. Learn all about them here.

What are porcelain veneers?

Also called dental laminates, porcelain veneers disguise a variety of flaws such as:

  • Deep stains that do not respond to professional teeth whitening
  • Hairline cracks
  • Chips
  • Small gaps
  • Mild overcrowding
  • Uneven tooth length
  • Congenital malformations such as peg-shaped incisors

Besides beautifying selected teeth with customized shells of fine ceramic, veneers strengthen tooth enamel. In fact, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that teeth with veneers are similar in strength to natural tooth enamel.

Plus, Dr. Smith ensures that veneers truly compliment the patient's age, overall facial appearance and smile width. Often, porcelain veneers are just one component in a complete smile makeover which may include porcelain crowns, dental implants, composite resin bonding, dental implants, tooth contouring and more as needed.

The veneer consultation

When you come to see your Lake Oswego dentist for a veneer consultation, Dr. Smith will perform a comprehensive oral exam, including digital X-rays. He'll also ask how you would like your smile to improve, or conversely, what bothers you about your teeth. Together you will decide your smile goals and if veneers can meet them.

If veneers are the right treatment, he'll remove a thin slice of enamel from each tooth and take oral impressions to send to an outside dental lab. He also will fit you with temporary veneers to normalize your smile while you wait for your permanebt laminates.

At the lab, a highly skilled technician will construct a three-dimensional model of your teeth and then sculpt the veneers one by one, following Dr. Smith's instructions. The technician knows just how to shape and color the veneers for maximum realism and beauty.

Placing veneers

At the next dental appointment, Dr. Smith removes the temporary veneers and bonds the permanent ones in place using specially colored dental adhesive. He may adjust the shape of the veneers, and he will ensure your bite is correct.

That's it. When you go home, you'll adjust quickly to how your veneers feel, and you'll care for them just like your other teeth--with twice a day brushing with a soft brush and once a day flossing to remove plaque. If your grind your teeth, your dentist in Lake Oswego may recommend wearing a night guard to cushion your teeth as you sleep.

Find out more

Dr. Smith is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He loves helping people of all ages achieve their brightest, healthiest smiles. Learn all about porcelain veneers by contacting Lake Oswego Smiles in Lake Oswego, OR at (503) 635-3653.