Veneers in Lake Oswego, OR
Create Your Perfect Smile in Two Visits
If you find that your smile has lost a little of its luster or chipped teeth have prevented you from showing off your smile, it may be time for a tooth makeover. Dr. Bowden recommends porcelain veneers to correct minor flaws such as worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment or spacing, discoloration, and chips or cracks. Dental veneers are thin, tooth-colored porcelain shells that are placed over the facial surfaces of your teeth, correcting imperfections in your smile.
At Aesthetic Dentistry of Lake Oswego we’re experts in the field of dental veneers and highly recommend them as a fast, non-invasive solution to improving the aesthetics of your smile.
Are Veneers Right For You?
Although dental veneers fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry because they create bright, white smiles with beautifully aligned, shapely teeth, they also protect the surface of damaged teeth and may eliminate the need for more extensive treatments. Other benefits of veneers include durability, an improved smile appearance, and the need for little-to-no removal of tooth structure compared to dental crowns.
Regardless of what causes unattractive teeth, dental veneers may solve most or even all of your cosmetic dental issues, including:
- Worn enamel: Over time, the thin, hard translucent substance covering your teeth (enamel) may become worn, dulled, and discolored. Such wear and discoloration may be natural or result from a genetic predisposition. However, it often results from consuming soft drinks, tea, or coffee; smoking; using certain medications, etc.
- Wear and tear: Teeth naturally wear down as people age. Aged teeth are more likely to have chips, cracks, or a generally uneven appearance.
- Genetics: Certain people are born with abnormal spacing between their teeth that widens with age.
- Uneven teeth: Uneven teeth can result from tooth grinding or general wear and tear.
Placing Your Porcelain Veneers
Before beginning veneers treatment, you’ll schedule a consultation with Dr. Bowden where we’ll conduct a thorough dental examination. We’ll take a look at your oral wellness to ensure there are no underlying problems, and discuss your overall goals for your smile’s appearance. If you decide that veneers are the way to go, we’ll begin the process. From there, dental veneers can be placed in just two visits.
Dr. Bowden will prepare your teeth during your first appointment to ensure your teeth are ready to receive the veneers. A small amount of the tooth enamel will be buffed and shaped in such a way that your veneer bonds smoothly to your tooth. We’ll then take a detailed impression of your teeth to ensure each veneer is both color-matched and personalized for you. Before you leave, we’ll provide you with temporary restorations to protect your natural teeth while we wait for your custom veneers to be made.
During your second appointment, Dr. Bowden will ensure your teeth are cleaned properly before attaching your permanent veneers. We’ll ensure that they’re polished and trimmed to fit seamlessly into your smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
Luckily, taking care of your veneers is easy—just like your normal teeth. Brushing twice a day, flossing before bed, and rinsing your teeth after meals can prolong the life of your veneers.
Keeping a consistent at-home oral health routine paired with biannual dental appointments with Dr. Bowden can keep your veneers lasting upwards of 15 years.
No—placing veneers is virtually painless. We’ll administer a local anesthetic to ensure a comfortable experience while we transform your smile. Following the procedure, it’s normal to feel mild discomfort but that can be remedied with over-the-counter pain medication such as Advil or ibuprofen.
If you’re experiencing persistent pain, please contact our Lake Oswego office at (503) 675-7300 and one of our team members will be happy to assist you.
Get Your New Smile Today
If you’re looking for an easy way to make the most out of your smile, consider getting porcelain veneers. Whether you’re looking to correct the appearance of misshapen teeth or looking to bring more order to your smile—veneers are an effective way to enhance your smile. If you’d like to know more about our porcelain veneers or you’re ready to take your smile to the next level, give our Lake Oswego office a call at (503) 675-7300.