5 Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments
Have you been looking at your smile in the mirror and wishing that it was something better and brighter than it appears? Do you recall when you were younger and had a beautiful white smile that you were proud to share? When your adult teeth came in were they misaligned, making you self-conscious about showing them? If so there’s amazing news for you! Modern dental technology provides a number of incredible options for restoring an incredible smile. Only a consultation with your dentist will tell you which of the available treatments are right to reach your goals, but we’ll introduce a few below.
Tooth discoloration is one of the most common, and easily corrected, cosmetic dental issues faced by patients. Patients who have discolored teeth often seek a procedure known as teeth whitening or teeth bleaching, the latter term being misleading since it doesn’t contain any actual bleach. Instead two types of peroxide are used that help to disperse the material responsible for the discoloration. Inexpensive and convenient, this is a frequently sought procedure.
In cases where you have chips in your teeth or stains that are so deep that they aren’t able to be treated through traditional whitening techniques, enamel bonding may be suggested. This process involves the bonding of a malleable composite material to the enamel of your teeth. Your dentist can shape this material to match your normal teeth, and tint it to match your preferences. While this is a popular and relatively affordable procedure, it doesn’t have the longevity of certain other treatments such as dental veneers.
Veneers have been a popular choice for patients looking for lasting cosmetic solutions to a host of minor aesthetic concerns. The process requires patients to have a healthy amount of enamel on their teeth as it must be ground down to make room for the veneers to be placed. Once the appropriate amount of enamel has been removed an impression of your teeth is taken and a set of temporary veneers put in place while the permanent ones get made. Veneers can be a solution for teeth that misshapen, misaligned, deeply stained, chipped, or any combination of the above.
Those who have teeth that are out of alignment frequently express concerns about the stigma associated with wearing traditional wire braces, but still want a way to correct their smile. Invisalign provides all the effectiveness of braces with a near invisible appearance and the convenience of being able to remove them when eating your favorite foods. While they can be a bit pricey, they are an excellent option for those with the means to get them.
If you’re ready to take steps to improve your overall appearance by enhancing your smile, it’s time to make the call to Dr. Scott T Simpson and AppleTree Dentistry. For years he and his compassionate staff have served the people of Tigard OR with exceptional preventative and aesthetic dental care, and would be proud to be your family’s dental care provider.