Cosmetic dentistry is gaining in popularity because it is more accessible, affordable, and natural-looking than ever. Until recent years, cosmetic dentistry was considered a luxury reserved for Hollywood’s A-list. Now, anyone who wants an attractive smile can talk to their dentist about affordable and life-changing treatments.
One of the most popular cosmetic options available today is porcelain veneers because they can correct a number of cosmetic issues at once, giving your smile a uniform, natural appearance.
Veneers are thin, tooth-like restorations that cover the front of your natural teeth, altering the appearance. Veneers correct a variety of cosmetic concerns:
- Minor misalignment
- Worn or shortened teeth
- Cracked and chipped teeth
- Uneven spacing
- Non-uniform looking teeth
- Dark or discolored teeth
In most cases, patients will choose to place six to eight veneers on their front teeth for a stunning, celebrity-worthy smile. For patients who have one out-of-place tooth, creating a single veneer will make a dramatic improvement, but most people are excited about the possibility of finally achieving their dream smile.
The Dental Veneer Process
Our Portland dentists, Dr. Clark Brinton and Dr. Paul E. Ortiz, are skilled and experienced in the smile design process. Planning your smile ahead of time will not only provide you with a beautiful smile, but also offers comfortable function for good oral health.
We begin with a consultation to listen to your ideas about your future smile. You might wish to bring photos of smiles you admire and think about the shade and color you prefer. If you have stained teeth, we will recommend teeth whitening before beginning restorative cosmetics for an overall brighter appearance.
The process begins by taking impressions of teeth to create models for a practice wax-up of your future smile. This helps our cosmetic dentists plan the proper length and shape for an accurate bite.
You will have the opportunity to try on a temporary version of your veneers before we instruct our local lab on the creation of your permanent veneers. We can make any adjustments to your liking, resulting in the smile you have always wanted.
Patients who opt for dental veneers often tell us they wish they had completed treatment sooner!
Taking Care of Porcelain Dental Veneers
Your veneers are durable and will last many years with the proper care. If you have a teeth-grinding habit, our dentists will recommend the use of a nightguard to protect your teeth and dentistry.
It’s also a good idea to avoid biting into excessively hard or sticky foods because this can damage your new smile.
Contact Us for a Cosmetic Dental Consultation
We always welcome new patients, and we are dedicated to providing you with dentistry that makes you look and feel great. We use the latest technology and finest materials so that you can feel confident in your investment.
Give us a call even if you are just thinking about cosmetic dentistry. A beautiful smile is an asset that will pay off for years to come.