Your smile is an important aspect of your appearance. It boosts your confidence, reduces stress, and also improves your quality of life. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 99.7% of adults consider their smile a social asset.
In this article, Dr. Daniel Lee at East Burn Dentistry and Implants in Portland, Oregon, shares insights on five popular cosmetic dental procedures that can help improve your overall appearance.
Teeth whitening or bleaching is a simple and quick way to brighten your smile. It can be done at home with whitening trays or in the dental office.
Teeth can be lightened by two to nine shades in only one dental visit. Lasting results can be achieved with proper maintenance and care.
If you have teeth imperfections, then veneers can be the perfect solution for your smile. They are porcelain shells that are fixed onto the teeth to instantly lighten them and correct mild spacing and shape imperfections.
When crooked teeth are the concern, you can straighten them with invisible aligners. They are comfortable, easy to maintain, removable, and facilitate oral hygiene. Invisible aligners promote healthy teeth and gums and reduce the risk of enamel wear.
Aligners apply gentle pressure on the teeth to move them into their proper positions and must be worn for 20-22 hours each day. You have to switch to your next set of aligners every 7-14 days until all teeth are straightened.
When a tooth is cracked or missing, dental crowns (customized caps) made of porcelain, metal, ceramic, or zirconia are the best option. The desired color, shape, and size can be achieved.
Dental crowns are also used for replacing missing teeth, as part of a dental implant.
If your confidence is affected by a gummy smile, gum recontouring is a straightforward cosmetic dental treatment that can help correct it and give you a beautiful and even smile.
To learn more about popular cosmetic dental treatments, call (503) 233-4871 to schedule an appointment at East Burn Dentistry and Implants or visit our office at 1415 SE Ankeny St. Portland, Oregon 97214.