Hardly anyone has perfect teeth. Even if you are born with them, things can change over time. You can end up with cracks, discoloration, and other dental issues that need to be addressed if you are going to enjoy the smile you want as opposed to the one you now have. If there are things about your smile that you find less than satisfactory, Dr. Manami Yamaguchi at Dental Arts and Wellness in Lake Oswego, OR, can help.
Assuming that you enjoy good overall dental health (in other words, that you do not have gum disease and your teeth are free from decay), you can consider cosmetic dentistry procedures. Dr. Yamaguchi will not do cosmetic procedures on an unhealthy mouth, so any restorative dentistry issues will have to be dealt with before cosmetic procedures can be considered.
Keep reading to learn about some of the cosmetic dentistry procedures we offer.
Severely damaged teeth may require dental crowns, or even implants. However, if the damage is minor, dental bonding can be a good solution. This is an easy treatment that involves nothing more than filling cracks, minor imperfections and staining with a tooth-colored material. Bonding is far less costly than crowns, or even veneers. Also, it requires very little time in the dentist chair.
Is there a downside to bonding? Yes. It will not last as long as veneers or crowns. However, the procedure can be repeated, and, often, you can have several bonding treatments for far less cost than other treatments. Most of the time, too, the tooth will look every bit as good as if you had gone with a more expensive treatment. If you take care of your teeth following the treatment, bonding will last for several years. And when it fails, you can simply have it redone.
Inlays and Onlays
When teeth are too badly damaged for bonding to be effective, but not so damaged that crowns are warranted, inlays or onlays can restore your smile. So, what is an inlay, and what is an onlay? Essentially, they serve the same purpose: to resurface damaged teeth. It’s really just terminology. Inlays correct damage to the cusps of your teeth – the pointed parts. Outlays work over multiple cusps, and that is really all you need to know.
Inlays and onlays are made from tooth-colored material, the same as with dental bonding. To create your inlays or onlays, Dr. Yamaguchi takes impressions of your mouth in order to determine how the inlays or onlays should be shaped. Then, she sends the impressions to a lab, where a master ceramist makes the inlays or onlays. Once they come back from the lab, you will return to have them fitted. You and Dr. Yamaguchi will check them for color and fit, and she will cement them in place. You will have your appearance, and your bite back.
Sometimes, people have issues with the appearance of their teeth, but their budget simply does not support crowns, or even porcelain veneers. In desperation, people sometimes turn to “cosmetic teeth” that you can find on the Internet. The problem is these rarely work. First of all, they are not customized to your mouth. Secondly, they are made of plastic, not tooth-like material. And finally, they never look natural.
Snap-On Smile is a great low-cost alternative to crowns or veneers, and not all that expensive. And because they are made from dental impressions of your mouth, you can be assured that they will fit perfectly. Properly cared for, you can enjoy your Snap-On Smile for many years. When your budget is a concern, Dr. Yamaguchi has many solutions for you. Snap-On Smile is one such solution.
If dental implants or crowns are not in your budget, but you want a better smile, porcelain veneers could be the solution. They can cover a multitude of dental defects, and are less costly than other cosmetic procedures. If you are not happy with your smile, consider porcelain dental veneers. Click here to learn more.
Sometimes, all you need to get a better smile is a teeth-whitening treatment. Dr. Yamaguchi offers KöR® and Boost® whitening treatments. Depending on your budget, your lifestyle, and the level of whitening that you want to achieve, she can recommend a teeth whitening treatment that is right for you. Click here to learn more.
A smile makeover often consists of just a single, low-cost treatment like whitening. It could also mean multiple treatments like braces and crowns along with bonding. Basically, a smile makeover is whatever treatment, or combination of treatments, that you need to give you the smile you want. Dr. Yamaguchi will be happy to work with you to determine your perfect smile makeover.
Invisalign® and 6 Month Smile®
No one wants to live with crooked teeth. By the same token, no one really wants to have to live with unsightly metal braces. Fortunately, there are alternatives. Invisalign clear braces and 6 Month Smile braces deliver correction in little time, and usually as effectively as metal braces. They may not be appropriate for everyone, though, so see Dr. Yamaguchi to find out which method of straightening your teeth is best for you. Click here to learn more about Invisalign and click here to learn more about Six Month Smile.
Contact Our Lake Oswego Dentist for Cosmetic Dentistry
At Dental Arts and Wellness, we can offer you a full range of cosmetic dentistry treatments that will improve your smile. To learn more, call us at 503-635-3306, or book a consultation using the form on our Contact Us page. Our dentist office is located at 15074 Bangy Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. We look forward to meeting you and talking about the ways that we can give you a better smile.