Cosmetic Dentistry in Portland, OR
Cosmetic dentistry will give you healthy, radiant teeth. It is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve confidence and make you want to share your smile.
With state-of-the-art materials, and tried and true dental techniques, cosmetic dentistry improves appearance and enhances self-esteem. Composite fillings have replaced traditional silver-colored amalgams, while porcelain is the preferred choice in the creation of bridges. Other techniques like teeth whitening and veneers can improve the color and shape of your natural smile.
As the name implies, teeth whitening is the act of whitening teeth, making them more attractive. Teeth whitening can be used to whiten stained, discolored, or dull teeth to improve your smile. Whitening is one of the most cost effective ways to improve your smile and is relatively painless. There are two primary methods of teeth whitening: in-office and at home trays.
In-office teeth whitening is ideal for people looking for immediate results or whose active lifestyles don't leave time for a series of at home treatments. The procedure usually takes about an hour. In-office teeth whitening starts with the application of a protective gel to the gums and surrounding soft tissue for protection from light. A different gel that activates under light is applied to the teeth surfaces. An intense light is used enhance the whitening gel's effectiveness.
At home trays are generally less expensive than in-office treatments and require making a mold of the teeth to create trays. After a few days the trays will be ready for you to pick up, along with instructions on their proper use. The trays are taken home, filled with a bleaching gel, and worn for up to one hour at a time, up to twice a day. Bleach trays allow for gradual whitening of the teeth over several days or weeks, ending in a fabulous result. Bleaching may cause tooth sensitivity, if this occurs inform your dentist.
Veneers are a porcelain or ceramic cover for the visible portion of teeth that dramatically improves the aesthetics of your smile. Veneers usually require a couple of dental visits. First the teeth are prepared, impressions are taken, and temporary covers are placed on the teeth. Using the impressions the custom veneers are precisely manufactured in a dental lab. The process takes about two weeks. When complete, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. Veneers require less tooth material removal and the procedure is more comfortable than crowns.
A crown is a covering that will wrap and protect the entire surface of a tooth, allowing it to look and function just like the original tooth. Crowns work to strengthen the tooth while protecting the existing structure, extending the life of the tooth longer that it would be with a filling or another restoration.
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