Cosmetic Dentistry in Corvallis
A beautiful smile spreads warmth and positive vibes in your surroundings. It boosts your self-confidence which in turn can help you in career growth and love life. Not everyone is born with perfectly shaped well-aligned teeth. Minor tooth imperfections can make your smile less pleasing. The advanced technologies in dental medicine have paved the way to address such issues through some groundbreaking solutions. Cosmetic dentistry focuses on creating extraordinary smiles. Through our cosmetic dentistry treatment, we have successfully crafted good-looking smiles for many of our patients in Corvallis and in the surrounding communities. If you have a desire for a beautiful smile, come speak to our dentist about your concerns. Through advanced dental procedures, we can give life to your smile desires.
The science of a good-looking smile
Ideally a smile should have certain symmetry and proportions in order to look aesthetically pleasing. The shape, size, color and the relationship between the teeth can affect how your smile appears. Our cosmetic dentists will discuss any problems in the symmetry and work towards improving the shape of teeth and gums accordingly. The cosmetic dental procedures enable them to bring about changes in the following factors.
- Size of teeth
- Shape of teeth
- Color of teeth
- Alignment of teeth
- Transforming the gummy smile
- Closing gaps between teeth
The manner in which the changes are brought about depends on the experience and expertise of the dental professional. Though the procedure is a science, the proportions to which changes should be made is an art which comes with experience.
The science of a good-looking smile
A smile makeover procedure involves multiple phases. The first phase is where our cosmetic dentist interacts with patients to know their concerns. We will take pictures of your teeth. X-rays and impressions may be recommended if necessary. A thorough check of your teeth and gums is performed to ensure that the soft and hard tissues are free from infection. We note down patient's medical and dental history. A treatment plan is set based on the necessities of each patient. A professional dental cleaning procedure may be performed before starting off with the smile makeover. The treatment options are explained to the patients. This helps our patients to make an informed decision.
Whitening or "bleaching" of teeth is becoming one of the most common ways to improve the aesthetics of an individual's smile. Whitening can be achieved in a variety of ways such as professional teeth whitening trays with gel, in-office "power" bleaching, or over-the-counter home treatments. Bleaching teeth does not provide a permanent long-term solution. Whitening teeth is a procedure that must be continued over time in order to maintain the desired result. The two main types of materials used to brighten smiles and whiten teeth are hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.
There are two main types of veneers. The cost of the dental veneers will be different depending on whether they are prepared in the dental office or at a dental lab. The two types of veneers are: composite/resin veneers and porcelain veneers. Composite/resin veneers are accomplished through dental bonding and are performed in the dental office. Porcelain veneers are typically lab fabricated and require a second dental visit to place the finished restoration. Dental veneers are comprised of a thin restorative material that is placed like a covering over an existing tooth. A simple analogy of a veneer would be that of placing "fake fingernails" over your existing nails. Veneers are used primarily in the front of the mouth to improve aesthetics, close diastemas or spaces, improve contours, and cover damaged or compromised teeth.
Dental bonding is a simple dental procedure which is often used to repair chips or spacing issues between teeth. Dental bonding is often a less expensive option than dental veneers. Bonding can also be used to cover and eliminate issues with staining on teeth. This cosmetic procedure is often used in concert with orthodontic treatment to enhance an individual's smile. Often dental bleaching precedes the use of bonding so that a brighter smile can be achieved. Bleaching teeth after bonding will not alter or change the shade of the bonding material.
Tooth Colored Fillings
Tooth colored fillings are resin materials which are custom-made to match natural color of teeth. The fillings are used to restore cavities and enhance smile.