The goal of any good dentist is to help you keep your teeth forever. And, just as it’s important for you to keep your teeth healthy, it’s also important for us to make your smile look great. Who doesn’t want to look great and maintain their youthful appearance? That’s a bit of a rhetorical question.
We love giving our patients a beautiful smile. We can’t count how many patients come to our office believing that their smiles are too far gone — or that it isn’t worth fixing. Anything can be fixed, and we’re here to provide you with simple ways to improve the look of your smile.
What a Smile Teeth-Whitening Can Do For You
Dingy teeth or dental stains are one the most common cosmetic dental complaints we see in our office. Stained teeth are not only unattractive, but they can make your healthy teeth look unhealthy. Your smile is part of the first impression, and no one wants someone to assume they have unhealthy or bad teeth within the first 5 seconds of the relationship. Our teeth can stain for a number of reasons. Drinks like coffee and soda can stain teeth, but it’s also possible for medicines, especially those with doxycycline or tetracycline, to stain the teeth.
Luckily dark stains don’t have to be part of your identify. You can change your smile with simple teeth-whitening treatments. We use a special take-home whitening system that drastically improves the brightness of your smile and erases even the heaviest stains. We’ll design a custom mouthguard for you and then prescribe a special whitening gel. Because of the custom mouthpiece, the gel is distributed evenly throughout the mouth, brightening every corner of your smile. The procedure takes a few weeks to finish. By the end of treatment, you can enjoy your new, bright smile.
Get the Metal Out of Your Mouth
There is nothing quite as distracting as seeing dark, ugly metal in someone’s mouth when they smile. For years, dentists regularly used metal to restore teeth. That included metal fillings, metal crowns, and even porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. We will not defend the cosmetic aspects of metal, but we will say that dentists regularly used metal for so many years because it’s extremely durable and strong. But we can’t ignore the look, especially since we have modern, beautiful ways to restore someone’s smile.
At Oregon City Family Dentistry, this includes using composite resin fillings to repair tooth decay or ceramic crowns to restore damaged teeth or teeth that have had root canals. The composite resin material is high-strength and bonds to the tooth. We work to match the resin material to the natural shade of your teeth.
Embrace the Power of Porcelain
Porcelain is one of the most versatile materials used in dentistry. Porcelain is incredibly strong and is translucent much like your natural enamel. Even better, porcelain doesn’t stain.
We use porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns. Dental crowns are placed when there is too much decay to restore with a filling or after your tooth has had a root canal. Veneers can hide imperfections in the smile like chips, cracks, small breaks, heavy staining, and even crooked or recessed teeth. Porcelain veneers require little tooth preparation. We remove about 3 mm of the enamel so the veneer will fit. After that, we take an impression of the tooth and craft a beautiful restoration that will last years.
Whether you’re in need of a crown or veneer, we work to create a restoration that will last for years and boost your smile.
I hope you learned a little today about simple steps you can take to improve your smile. These easy steps are great ways to improve you smile and boost your confidence. If you have nagging cosmetic dental issues, don’t hesitate to call our office at 503-917-0523. You deserve to smile without restraint and to make a great first impression!
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