Dental Smile Design in Aloha, OR
Most of us weren’t born with a perfect smile. Maybe your teeth are chipped, crooked, stained or dingy, or maybe you are missing a tooth.
If you think your smile isn’t perfect, Bronitsky Family Dentistry can help with our smile design procedures! Smile design is the use of cosmetic dentistry to repair flaws in teeth. Different procedures can be performed to give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
What are some cosmetic dentistry procedures used in smile design?
There are a variety of different techniques that can be used together to give patients a great smile. Dr. Erica Bronitsky will evaluate the health of your teeth and gums before recommending the procedures that would be best. Here is some information about the procedures she may recommend.
Veneers are thin shells that fit over teeth. They are made of a tough porcelain material that is not only stain-resistant but looks very natural. Dr. Bronitsky can choose a color and design that looks very similar to your other teeth.
Veneers are used to repair teeth that are short and stubby, have minor chips, are irregularly shaped or malformed, or for teeth that are crooked or have excessive gaps in between them. Sometimes, teeth are too stained and discolored to be helped with teeth whitening procedures; veneers are used in this case, too.
Dental crowns not only help improve the appearance of teeth; they can also protect teeth that are damaged. Crowns are used for teeth that are severely decayed, cracked, or have had a root canal.
A crown is a cap that is cemented onto the tooth. If your tooth is worn down or part of it is missing, your dentist will use filler material to build up the tooth before the crown is placed. If your tooth is misshapen or too large, she will file it down before the crown is placed.
Crowns can be made from a metal material that is gold or silver, but if they are used to improve the appearance of a tooth the best choice may be porcelain because it looks very natural.
If you are missing a tooth, it affects your smile and how you live. Bridges and crowns can replace a missing tooth. A bridge can be fixed or removable. Removable bridges are known as partial dentures or overdentures. These are made of a plastic pink base with replacement teeth attached to them. A fixed bridge is made up of a false tooth with crowns placed on the teeth adjoining the false tooth. Dr. Bronitsky will examine your mouth and determine what kind of bridge is best for you.
It is easy for teeth to become discolored after years of smoking or even enjoying your favorite foods or beverages. Fortunately, it is easy to get teeth looking white and brilliant!
Dr. Bronitsky and her team at Bronitsky Family Dentistry specialize in the Zoom! Advanced Power Teeth Whitening. Zoom! Teeth Whitening can whiten your teeth by multiple shades.
The Zoom! Teeth Whitening procedure takes about an hour. Many patients have this done during their lunch hour, after which they can head back to work. A high-concentration peroxide gel is applied to teeth and is activated by a light source. This breaks up any stains you have on your teeth. The gel is rinsed off and you are left with a white and brilliant smile!
Inlays and onlays
If your tooth is too damaged to support a filling but not damaged enough for a crown, Dr. Bronitsky may recommend an inlay or an onlay. Inlays and onlays are very similar. The biggest difference between them is that onlays are bigger than inlays. An onlay may be used if the damage is extensive and the entire surface of the tooth needs to be covered and protected.
Before placing the inlay or onlay, the dentist will remove the damaged portions of the tooth and any old filling materials. Then, she will clean out the tooth and shape it so that the inlay or onlay will fit perfectly, and the tooth will be healthy and look natural.
Taking care of your teeth is always important, and no less so when you have had smile design procedures by Aloha dentist. Teeth whitening lasts longer when you take care to avoid eating foods that stain teeth, and restorations, such as crowns and veneers last longer when you practice good oral hygiene habits. Make sure you brush twice a day and floss once a day. And, make sure to visit Dr. Bronitsky twice a year for cleanings and exams!
If you are unhappy with your smile, you can count on Dr. Bronitsky and her team to develop a smile design plan for you. Call Dr. Bronitsky today!