What is cosmetic dentistry and how can it improve my smile?
Serving Portland and Hawthorne
Your Portland OR dentist can perform a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures to improve your smile—from subtle changes to major repairs. There are many techniques and treatment options for teeth that are discolored, chipped, misshapen, or missing. Your cosmetic dentist can reshape your teeth, close spaces, restore worn teeth, or alter the length of your teeth. Common procedures include teeth whitening, bonding, caps, crowns, veneers, and reshaping and contouring.
The condition of your teeth and your desired result often indicate the best procedure for you.
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is a common and popular cosmetic procedure used to lighten teeth. Medication, coffee, tea, and cigarettes often cause discoloration, which occurs in the enamel. Tooth discoloration also can be due to your genetic makeup or simply from aging.
What is tooth bonding?
Tooth bonding is the use of tooth-colored material to fill in gaps or change the color of teeth. This procedure lasts several years and often requires only a single office visit. Bonding is more susceptible to staining or chipping than other forms of restoration. When teeth are chipped or slightly decayed, bonded composite resins may be the material of choice. Our dentists also use bonding to fill small cavities, close spaces between teeth, or to cover the entire outside surface of a tooth.
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic that are cemented over the front of your teeth. They are often used on teeth with uneven surfaces; on teeth that are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced, or crooked; or on teeth that already have large fillings placed. An alternative to crowns, dental veneers change the color or shape of your teeth.
Things to consider when looking for a cosmetic dentist?
In order to make sure your dentist is skilled in cosmetic dentistry, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) recommends that you ask your dentist for the following items before undergoing treatment:
Before and after photos
These photos allow patients to examine the results of previous cosmetic procedures to make sure the work fits your dental needs.
References allow you to get a sense of the quality of care the dentist provides.
Proof of continuing education in Cosmetic Dentistry
Be certain that your dentist has taken continuing education courses to keep him or her up-to-date with the latest techniques in clinical cosmetic dentistry. Your dentist should be able to answer the questions you have about the techniques used to improve your smile.