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People improve their smiles for a lot of reasons: to better their career prospects, to put some juice in their social lives or just to do something special for themselves. But you may have an even stronger reason: a once-in-a-lifetime event—maybe your wedding day—is coming up soon.
You have several options for transforming your smile for the big day—and some are even quite economical. Here are 4 affordable ways to make your smile beautiful for that forever moment.
Cleanings. While dental cleanings should already be part of your regular dental care, scheduling one right before a big event can do wonders for your smile. Not only can your hygienist remove any lingering dull and dingy plaque and tartar, but they can polish your teeth for a brighter shine. Remember, though: dental cleanings support your own hygiene efforts, they don't replace them. Your own daily practice of brushing and flossing will also help you maintain a beautiful smile.
Teeth Whitening. You can also get an extra boost of brightness with a tooth whitening procedure. Using a professional bleaching solution and other techniques, your dentist can lighten your smile to your tastes, from a more natural hue to dazzling white. The whitening effect, though, is temporary, so plan to see your dentist no more than a few weeks before your big day.
Bonding. Perhaps a tiny chip is all that stands between you and a knockout smile. Your dentist may be able to repair that and other minor defects by bonding tooth-colored materials to the chip site. These composite resin materials have the shine of enamel and can be color-blended to match your tooth's natural shade. Composite resins are also fairly rugged, although you should avoid biting down on hard foods or objects.
Veneers. Although more expensive than the previous options mentioned, veneers are still affordable compared to crowns or bridgework. Usually made of thin layers of dental porcelain, dentists bond veneers to the front of teeth to mask mild to moderate problems like heavy staining, disfiguration and minor gaps. But because veneers are custom-fabricated by a dental lab, you'll need to plan them with your dentist at least six months before your event. The resulting change to your smile, though, may well be worth the wait.
If you would like more information on transforming your smile for a special event, 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.”
The holidays have officially begun! Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, it’s fairly certain you’re going to be spending time with lots of folks. From family gatherings to neighborhood open houses to the office holiday party, you’ll find yourself rubbing elbows with all the in-laws and out-laws in your social orbit. And because it’s the season of cheer, you’ll probably smile—a lot.
So, before the festivities go full tilt, take a little time to freshen up that wonderful smile of yours. Here are a few suggestions for having a smile this holiday season that you’re confident to put on display.
Dental cleanings. While professional dental cleanings primarily remove any lingering disease-causing plaque and tartar, they can have the secondary benefit of improving your smile’s appearance. So, if it’s close to time for your regular dental visit or you would simply like to give your teeth a quick polish, schedule a cleaning appointment for a little extra holiday sparkle.
Teeth whitening. You can gain a noticeable increase in smile brightness with a professional whitening application. With our advanced bleaching solutions and techniques, we can precisely control the level of brightness you desire, from a more subdued natural white to a dazzling “Hollywood” shine. And with care, the effect could last for several months or even years with an occasional touch-up.
Bonding. A chipped tooth can stand out from your smile like a smudge on a masterpiece painting. In many cases, though, we can repair minor chips and other defects by bonding composite resin to the tooth in a single visit. The process is simple: We color-match the resin to the tooth, then apply, shape and cure it. Your tooth will look good as new.
Porcelain veneers. For a more durable and comprehensive solution, consider veneers for dental flaws you do not wish to live with. These thin wafers of porcelain are permanently bonded to the front of teeth to mask chips, heavy staining or slight misalignments. And they are quite affordable compared to more extensive cosmetic restorations.
All of these cosmetic options can fit into most people’s budgets and don’t take a lot of time in the dentist’s chair. Veneers are the one slight exception: These require more than one visit to the dental office because they are custom-made for you in a dental lab. Also note that veneers often require the permanent removal of tooth enamel, so the tooth will require a veneer or other restorative covering from then on.
All in all, though, it doesn’t take much to put some much-needed zing back into your smile. In most cases, it only takes one visit—just in time to brighten up your holiday season.
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.