If you think the placement of veneers involves a major dental overhaul, think again. A wonderful solution for patients who wish to improve the quality of their smile while avoiding changes to the tooth structure are no-prep or minimally invasive veneers.
Lumineers are one of the most popular of the “no-prep” variety of veneers. Lumineers use an exceptionally thin veneer layer that is placed on the front side of your teeth. Unlike traditional veneers, the placement of Lumineers does not require the modification of the natural tooth structure or the use of temporary veneers. Some of the advantages of Lumineers include:
- The placement of Lumineers is minimally invasive and does not require shots, drilling, or anesthesia.
- The teeth do not need to be ground, filed, or cut down with the placement of Lumineers.
- With Lumineers, treatment is faster than with traditional veneers, and there is no need to use temporary veneers.
- Lumineers can permanently whiten, shape, and lengthen your teeth as well as serve as “instant” orthodontia by covering gaps and misalignments.
- Because there is no need to alter the tooth structure, the placement of Lumineers is painless and especially attractive for patients with highly sensitive teeth.
- Lumineers restore and strengthen your teeth.
- If you are unhappy with the results, treatment with Lumineers is completely reversible because the tooth structure has not been altered in any way.
Lumineers can help to improve a wide array of dental concerns, including chipped, cracked or misshapen teeth, gaps, and discoloration. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, talk to your dental professional about how Lumineers can quickly and easily help you achieve the look you desire.
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Teeth whitening has become one of the most popular ways to brighten and beautify a dark and dingy smile. Many factors contribute to the discoloration of your smile, including age, the food and beverages you consume, tobacco use, and certain medications. If you are considering any of the wide array of whitening treatment options, you may have some of the following questions:
- Am I a good candidate for teeth whitening? While most people are candidates for teeth whitening, it is best to consult with your dentist to determine if teeth whitening would be appropriate for you and will help you achieve the results you desire.
- How long will teeth whitening results last? No teeth whitening treatment is permanent, but depending on the type of whitening technique and the care you take post-whitening, you can expect to enjoy the results for six months to 2 years.
- Will teeth whitening treatments damage tooth enamel or existing dental restorations? When used correctly, products that contain 10% carbamide peroxide show no effect on enamel or damage to dental restorations.
- Will my restorations whiten also? Existing restorations will not lighten with whitening treatment and may need to be replaced to match the new tooth shade.
- Does teeth whitening create permanent tooth sensitivity? Sensitivity from teeth whitening is temporary. No evidence exists that teeth whitening treatments have a detrimental effect on the health of the tooth’s nerve, which would cause long-term sensitivity.
Advances in dental technology means there are a wide variety of teeth whitening options to achieve the look you desire. Consult with your dental professional to determine which type of whitening treatment would produce the best results. With professional teeth whitening, you can begin to enjoy the benefits of a more beautiful smile in as little as one dental visit.
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Often one of the first clues to a person’s age is the appearance of their smile. Unfortunately for many people, their teeth age quicker than the rest of their physical features. As you age, your oral health and aesthetics are often compromised by staining foods and beverages, certain medications, teeth grinding, decay or periodontal disease. These factors can cause gums to recede and teeth to yellow, loosen, crack, break, or even fall out.
Growing older does not mean your looks have to grow older, too. Cosmetic dental technology offers a wide range of options to rejuvenate your smile. Some of the treatments available to restore your youthful looks include:
- CEREC restorations
- Porcelain veneers
- Invisalign or SPEED braces
- Dental Implants
- Implant supported dentures
- Gum treatment
- Professional teeth whitening
If you suffer from multiple dental concerns, you may consider a full mouth reconstruction, which combines restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatments to both improve the function and beauty of your smile. Your dentist may recommend, for example, tooth colored fillings to replace old metal fillings, implants to replace dentures, and follow it all up with professional teeth whitening to create the finishing touch.
You may be surprised by how quickly and easily many of these procedures provide the results you desire. Some treatments can be completed in as little as one office visit. With advances in sedation dentistry, you can breeze through your time in the dental chair remaining relaxed and comfortable. Gone are the painful and extensive dental treatments you may remember from your younger years. Consult with an experienced cosmetic dentist to find out more about how cosmetic dentistry can return the youthful spark to your smile.
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You may already be aware of the benefits of dental sedation for patients who have dental fear or anxiety. Sedation dentistry allows patients with dental phobia to undergo much needed oral care while remaining relaxed and stress-free. However, dental sedation can offer benefits for everyone, even if you do not fear the dentist.
Many dentists use only numbing medication when performing dental procedures. While this is effective, there are some distinct benefits to using sedation during dental treatments and procedures:
Patients under sedation can sit in the dental chair for up to four hours. Normally, a patient not under sedation will tire and become uncomfortable after about an hour in the chair. Dental sedation reduces the chance of back or neck pain because you can relax for as long as it takes to complete your treatment.
Most dentists choose not to work on both sides of the mouth in one appointment. Using local anesthesia on both sides can cause patients to bite their tongue. Sedation dentistry options such as IV sedation allow your dentist to complete work on both sides of the mouth in one visit.
Dental sedation allows your dentist to perform multiple procedures in one day. If you are a busy person and prefer not to miss work or school, sedation dentistry means you can get necessary dental procedures completed without taking excessive time off.
Consult with Beaverton, OR sedation dentist Dr. Enayati to find out if you are a good candidate for dental sedation. Sedation dentistry can save you time and money, and help you to undergo dental procedures in the most relaxed and stress-free way possible.Read More »