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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 Oswego 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
- 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.
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.
Do you want to restore your smile? Cosmetic dentistry combines both art and science to give you a beautiful smile. Lake Oswego Smiles, which is located in Lake Oswego, OR, offers a full range of dental services, including dental implants, veneers and Invisalign. Dr. Colin Smith offers the following cosmetic dentistry procedures that will give you the confidence to smile and shine again.
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots made of titanium. They are placed into your jaw to hold artificial teeth. Dental implants are the next best thing to natural teeth. Strong and stable, dental implants restore missing teeth so that they look, fit, feel and function like your own teeth. Dental implants are durable and they can last a lifetime if you take good care of them.
Dental veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of a composite resin material or resin, which are bonded to the front of teeth. Dental veneers are routinely used to fix teeth that are stained, chipped, broken, irregularly shaped, worn down or misaligned. Dental veneers benefits include an enhanced appearance, a more symmetrical smile and improved confidence.
Invisalign is the clear alternative to metal braces. Invisalign moves your teeth using a series of virtually invisible aligners. Invisalign braces are used to fix a wide variety of dental issues, including: a cross bite, an overbite, protruding teeth, overcrowded teeth, crooked teeth and gapped teeth. Invisalign will give you a smile that makes you smile. Consult with an Invisalign dentist in Lake Oswego if you want straighter teeth and a better-looking smile.
Your smile defines you. It's how you present yourself to others. If you're not happy with your smile, it can affect the way you feel about yourself and how others perceive you. If you want a great smile, call Lake Oswego Smiles at (503) 635-3653 to schedule a consultation in Lake Oswego, OR. Dr. Smith combines artistic expertise along with the latest advances in cosmetic dental techniques to create the beautiful smile of your dreams.
Smile problems? Dental veneers can make your teeth look like new again. Dental veneers are thin coverings that are placed over the front part of the teeth. Dr. Colin Smith at Lake Oswego Smiles in Lake Oswego, OR offers a full range of dental services. Read on to learn about the top five benefits of dental veneers.
1- Whiten Your Smile
Dental veneers will give you a whiter, brighter smile. Dental veneers can make even the darkest teeth appear white. Dental veneers are placed on front teeth that are severely discolored. Veneers are often used to cover teeth that are yellow and cannot be whitened by bleaching.
2- Fix Gaps In Your Smile
Are you embarrassed by the gaps in your smile? It's possible to fix gaps cosmetically through the use of cosmetic veneers. These porcelain shells fit snugly over the surface of your front teeth to create an evenly-spaced smile.
3- Restore Chipped Teeth
Cosmetic veneers are used to correct teeth that chipped, broken or cracked. These porcelain shells fit over the teeth changing their length, shape and size. Cosmetic veneers will make your teeth look whole and healthy again.
4- Fix Crooked Teeth
Crooked smile? Dentists use dental veneers as a solution for crooked teeth. Cosmetic veneers are very effective in covering up flaws and giving wearers an appearance of perfect teeth. Designed to mimic the natural translucency of enamel, dental veneers feel and look like your natural teeth.
5- Veneers Are Long-Lasting
Cosmetic veneers are a long-term solution and they are built to last. Cosmetic veneers are strong and durable. With proper care, your new veneers will last for many years. Dental veneers can last from seven to twenty years or more.
Invest in your smile. You wear it every day. Say yes to dental veneers! Call Lake Oswego Smiles in Lake Oswego, OR at (503) 635-3653 to schedule an appointment. It's never too late for a beautiful smile.
Dental crowns are excellent tools that we use to restore functionality, color and/or beauty to teeth and your smile. And while many people may have heard of them, often times there are many questions surrounding the process, costs and their maintenance. This is why we have put together this list of some of the questions we are commonly asked on this subject. Our goal is to provide you with straightforward answers so that you have a clearer understanding of the treatment and are comfortable making the decision to go forward with these excellent tooth restorations should they ever be required.
What Is A Crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” or cover that a dentist places over a tooth that is badly damaged from trauma or decay in order to restore its color, strength, size and functionality. They are also used for cosmetic reasons to improve discolored or misshapen teeth.
Why Can The Cost Of Crowns Vary?
The reason the cost of a crown can vary greatly, even from dentist to dentist is quite simple. The most beautiful crowns require the artistry and years of experience of a team of dental professionals; your dentist and the laboratory technicians that handcraft crowns. To meet higher expectations of some individuals requires more experience, artistry and skill. And great art just tends to cost more. A customized temporary crown may even be used as a preview to see what a final crown will look like. Another critical factor is the choice of materials used. For example, while all porcelain crowns are made from high-quality ceramic (glass) material, they are not equal. It is therefore more expensive in terms of time, skill and expertise to produce the most natural looking results.
How Long Will A Crown Last?
Most dentists expect a crown to last at least 7-10 years with normal wear and proper maintenance. However, depending on the materials used and location of the tooth, they can last upwards of 50 years or more. For example, a gold crown has the longest lifespan because gold is such a durable material that has little to no negative impact on surrounding teeth. On the other hand, porcelain produces a completely natural look but can cause wear to adjacent teeth.
What Materials Are Most Often Used For Crowns?
The three most common materials used to make crowns are as follows:
- Porcelain-Fused-to Metal (PFM)
- All porcelain
In his decades long career, pop-music chameleon David Bowie has gone through a dizzying series of transformations. And as he morphed from alien-inspired space oddity to fashion-forward international superstar, his smile benefited from some very dramatic ch-ch-ch-changes. While Bowie hasn't talked much about his dental treatments, a comparison of pictures from the mid 1970s to the mid '90s (not to mention a much-viewed youtube video on the subject) makes it clear: his tooth staining, misalignment and gum recession have been left behind like polyester bellbottoms.
But tooth makeovers aren't just for pop stars! Cosmetic dentistry can benefit anyone who's interested in improving their appearance, at any age. Often, treatment starts with a “smile analysis” — a review of the current aesthetics of your mouth, including the shape, spacing, color and alignment of the teeth, the appearance and general health of the gums, and the way the lips and gums frame the smile.
This analysis can help pinpoint some places where the overall look of your smile may need improvement, and it can also identify some specific treatments to make it better. It's even possible to see a simulation of what you'd look like after the treatments are complete, to help ensure that your goals are realistic and attainable. What are some of the most common cosmetic procedures?
For stained teeth, you can try in-office whitening with concentrated bleaching solutions, or professionally-supervised at-home treatments using plastic trays that are custom-made to fit your teeth. The major difference between the two is the amount of time you need — with in-office treatments, you'll see results right away, while at-home gels may require weeks.
Tooth bonding and restoration with composite resin is a relatively fast and easy way to fix minor to moderate chips, flaws and discoloration. Because the composite material bonds directly to the tooth itself, this method requires only minor tooth preparation, and is often completed in just one office visit.
If your teeth, like Bowie's, need more extensive restoration, dental veneers or crowns may be required. Veneers are super strong, wafer-thin coverings that fit over the front surface of your teeth. Besides giving you that “Hollywood white” smile, they can also lengthen teeth that are too small, correct misalignment and close gaps in your smile. To correct even more extensive problems, crowns (also called caps) can replace the entire visible portion of one or more teeth — or, if teeth are missing, a permanent, long-lasting dental implant can be placed.
Many adults are choosing orthodontics to correct problems of tooth position, alignment or spacing — in fact, some 20% of all orthodontic patients today are grown-ups! It's never too late to start treatment, and with less-noticeable appliances like clear aligners and tooth-colored braces, it's easier than ever to make those ch-ch-ch-changes.
If you would like more information about the options available in cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Orthodontics For The Older Adult” and “Cosmetic Dentistry.”