Cosmetic, or esthetic, dentistry aims at creating a positive change to your teeth and smile. Smile enhancement can have dramatic results on your overall appearance and can boost confidence, self-esteem and make you want to smile more.
Cosmetic dentistry refers to any dental work that improves the appearance of the teeth, primarily focusing on esthetics in color, position, shape, size and alignment of the teeth. Trauma, age and some medications can result in discoloration and darkening or shifting of the teeth. These changes can be corrected with dental veneers and crowns resulting in a younger looking, more functional smile that you’ll want to show off.
As a prosthodontist, Dr Bray has received 3 years of additional training beyond dental school in the rejuvenation of the teeth to ensure that the dental treatment completed at Portland Prosthodontics not only looks amazing but will last.
One look at the stunning difference just one whitening treatment can make to the color and complexion of a patient's smile and it's easy to see why teeth whitening has become the most commonly performed cosmetic dental procedure in the U.S.
Teeth whitening offers a safe and affordable option for patients wanting to restore some of the luster to a smile dimmed by years of eating and drinking enamel-staining foods and beverages.
A safe and affordable option
If you enjoy a cup of coffee or tea to start your day and a glass of wine at night to end it, odds are your smile doesn't shine the way it once did. At At Portland Prosthodontics, we can help patients get the brighter, whiter smile they've been wanting. We provide custom whitening trays that you can use to brighten the top, bottom, or both rows of teeth. Simply apply the prescription strength whitening agent we provide to the whitening tray prior to placing the device over your teeth. Keep the tray in place for the recommended amount of time and then remove. That's it. Soon you'll be noticing the brighter smile you've been missing.
Once your teeth reach the desired shade of whiteness, simply stop whitening treatments until a reapplication is needed. The time to get the brighter, healthier looking smile you've been wanting has arrived. Contact our office today to find out more about the teeth whitening options in Portland at Portland Prosthodontics.
Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are usually only done to the part of the teeth that are visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect.
The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. This method is usually referred to as bonding.
The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic, and are very esthetic.
The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.
Invisalign straightens your teeth with a series of clear, virtually invisible custom-molded aligners. By using a series of clear, removable aligners, Invisalign straightens your teeth with results you'll notice sooner than you think. The course of treatment involves changing aligners approximately every two weeks, moving your teeth into straighter position step by step, until you have a more beautiful smile. And unlike braces, these clear aligners can be removed while you eat and brush your teeth as usual.