Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry treatments help your smile look its best, correct bite problems and restore missing teeth. Newberg, OR, cosmetic dentist Dr. Angela Toy offers the cosmetic services you need for an attractive, healthy smile.
Veneers address flaws by concealing them beneath a thin layer of porcelain. The tooth-shaped shells are applied to your teeth using dental cement and only cover the fronts of your teeth. Many of your favorite Hollywood actors get their bright, white smiles from veneers, but the restorations offer other benefits beyond whitening. They're a good choice if you want to hide discolorations, uneven surfaces, cracks, chips, or other imperfections. Veneers are also used to lengthen teeth, change their shape, or conceal slight gaps between teeth.
Invisalign offers a more subtle way to correct alignment and bite problems. The orthodontic system uses removable aligner trays made of clear, comfortable plastic to straighten your teeth and eliminate overbites, underbites and other bite problems. You'll wear each set of trays in the series for two weeks before swapping them for the next set. Many adults only need to use the aligners for about a year, although children and teenagers will need to wear aligners for the same amount of time they would have worn metal or ceramic braces.
Bonding, one of the least expensive cosmetic treatments, offers excellent results. Your Newberg, OR, dentist applies a putty-like material called composite resin to your teeth to lengthen them, change their shape, hide discolorations, or fill in chips or cracks. The material bonds to your teeth when it's hardened with a curing light. After a little shaping and polishing, you'll have a brand new smile.
Bridges and dentures are still good options if you've lost teeth, but they don't offer the impressive benefits that dental implants do. Implants are synthetic replacement roots that bond to your jawbone. Once they've become a permanent part of the bone, they're topped with crowns that look just like natural teeth. Dental implants prevent bone loss common after losing a tooth, allow you to eat hard and tough foods without a problem, and will last your entire lifetime with proper care.
Transform your smile with cosmetic dentistry treatment! Call your Newberg, OR, cosmetic dentist Dr. Angela Toy at (503) 538-2143 to schedule an appointment.
At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!
Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”
We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:
Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.
Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!
If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
For a successful way to make your smile more beautiful, choose veneers from a Newberg, OR, family dentist. Dr. Angela Toy of Arbor Hills Dental can repair tooth alignment, shape, and color. If you feel that your teeth could use some improvements, porcelain veneers may be the answer for you. Our dentist, Dr. Toy, is experienced in examining patients and deciding whether or not this cosmetic dentistry procedure is a viable one for your oral health.
More About Veneers
Veneers are thin coverings that go over a patient’s existing teeth.They are so thin, no one will be able to notice their existence. They are made to be wafer thin of a strong material that can substitute the natural tooth enamel. When the veneers are bonded to the teeth by our Newberg family dentist, they create a natural, beautiful smile. The porcelain material doesn’t stain like tooth enamel typically does, which is advantageous for someone wanting to improve their tooth color too.
The process of installing veneers on the surface of your teeth entails the removal of a small amount of tooth enamel from your natural teeth. This will allow veneers to look more natural. In addition to looking natural, you also have the opportunity to see what your custom-made veneers will look like before Dr. Toy places them on your teeth.
Ultimately, veneers can improve size, shape and color as well as spacing and alignment of teeth. For those with significantly misaligned teeth or a large gap, however, veneers may not be a good option and orthodontics may be a better option. These veneers are custom made for each patient from molds taken of their particular teeth. Veneers should be cared for in the same way as natural teeth, with a regular oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing.
To learn more about veneers from our Newberg, OR, family dentist, Dr. Toy, call to schedule an appointment today at 503-538-2143.
The big day you've waited for all your life is just around the corner — your wedding day! And to make that day as special as possible you've been working on making yourself more attractive.
In all your preparations, don't forget your smile. There are many ways to make it shine, some requiring little time or effort. A professional dental cleaning and polishing, for example, can do wonders for brightening your smile. If you have above normal staining, you can also undergo professional whitening to remove stains and enhance your teeth's natural color.
Some problems, though, like chipped, slightly misaligned or heavily stained teeth may require more than a cleaning or whitening session. In these cases, you might consider covering these less attractive teeth with porcelain veneers to transform their appearance. As the name implies, veneers are a thin layer of tooth-colored, translucent porcelain custom designed for you and bonded permanently to the visible tooth.
While veneers can significantly change your smile, it can't fix every appearance problem. Some teeth require more extensive dental work, like a porcelain crown that completely covers a tooth, or dental implants to replace missing teeth. In more complex situations you may want to look at orthodontics to repair an unattractive bite, or plastic surgery to change the look of a gummy smile.
Keep in mind, though, many of such treatments take time: installing dental implants can take months and some orthodontic treatments, years. As soon as you can, you should discuss your smile appearance with your dentist and what can be done to enhance it in the time you have.
With the help of your dentist, orthodontist or other specialist, you can change your smile. And that, along with all your other preparations, will help make that once in a lifetime day even more special.
If you would like more information on undergoing a smile makeover, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Planning Your Wedding Day Smile.”
Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”
Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.
A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:
- Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
- Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
- Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
- Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.
If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”