May 10, 2016
Cosmetic dentistry has a been a part of dental care for centuries.
It’s human nature to want to be healthy and to try to look our best. This is why we wear the clothes that we wear. It’s why we have our hair styled and colored.
So, why wouldn’t we want our smiles to look their best, too?
Very few of us are born with perfect smiles. Sure, we’ve all seen “Hollywood” smiles in movies and television shows, but more often than not, those perfect smiles have more to do with modern dentistry than Mother Nature.
You may want to change something about your smile, and the good news is you don’t have to be a celebrity to do it. Instead, you can visit Oregon Smile Care Center. Our dentist office — right here in Salem, OR — offers a range of services to give you a smile makeover.
Today, we want to discuss five things you can do to make your smile even better.
#1. Teeth Whitening
Do you wish your teeth were less yellow and had fewer stains? You aren’t alone. Teeth whitening products can be found by the dozens in grocery and retail stores. Commercial products can provide some minor improvements, but if you really want a whiter smile, we suggest professional teeth whitening instead.
At our office, we offer Opalescence products. If you are looking for immediate results, we would recommend an in-office treatment. We have done this for brides-to-be and their future husbands so their smiles look their best in their wedding photos.
We also offer a take-home treatment for patients who prefer a do-it-yourself approach. We’ll explain what you need to do, and as long as you use the products correctly, you will see noticeable changes in just a few weeks.
We also know that you will want to keep that white smile. Don’t forget to ask about our “Whitening For Life” program for patients who come to us for routine care.
If you have a cover on your cell phone, then you have some idea how veneers work. Veneers are attached to the outside of your teeth to change and improve their appearance.
We use e.max veneers in our office for two important reasons. One, they look like natural teeth, and two, they are strong and durable.
Veneers can change the appearance of your smile in several ways. They can make your teeth look straighter and white. They can close gaps in your smile and hide your crooked teeth.
And they can fix all these issues at the same time.
#3. Tooth Bonding
Maybe you like most of your teeth, but you have one or two that just don’t see right.
Maybe you have a chipped or broken tooth. Maybe you have some worn down teeth because of a particular habit.
Instead of getting a full set of veneers, you may be able to fix those individual teeth with tooth bonding. The bonding material is made to match the color of your real teeth, and it will repair teeth that have suffered minor, but noticeable damage.
#4. Laser Treatment
No, this is not the plot of some villain in a James Bond movie. Laser technology is a safe and effective way to help people who have “gummy” smiles.
You may have more gum tissue in the upper part of your mouth. This may limit how much of your teeth are revealed whenever you smile. It’s also possible that you have “short” teeth, which means they did not emerge very far when they erupted.
In either case, our laser can be used to remove excess gum tissue, so more of your pearly whites are visible when you are happy and want to show it.
#5. Orthodontic Treatment
One of the main reasons people undergo orthodontic care is to improve the appearance of their smiles. At our office, we offer one of the most progressive orthodontic treatments around, Invisalign.
This system uses plastic aligners to push your teeth into a straighter position. Most patients can complete their treatment in 12 months or less.
When a patient visits our dentist office for cosmetic care, we want to understand his or her needs. We create a plan to address those needs so every patient can get the smile he or she wants to see in the mirror.