Your smile is very important. It is often the first thing that others notice about you. The quality of your smile plays a significant role in the quality of your smile. Any imperfections, such as discoloration, small chips, or crooked teeth, can seriously impact your smile, leaving you feeling very self-conscious. When you are self-conscious about your smile, you might try to hide it. Even this small action can affect the impressions you leave. At North Hills Dental, we can help to improve the quality of your smile with cosmetic dentistry.
Veneers are a treatment used to improve the appearance of teeth affected by minor flaws. With veneers, we can eliminate the appearance of small chips and cracks, teeth that are small or oddly shaped, small gaps or slightly overlapping, and discoloration.
Veneers are thin restorations that resemble shells in appearance. They are made to be bonded to the front surfaces of your affected teeth, completely transforming the overall appearance of your smile. Porcelain is the most common material used for veneers. This material can be made to perfectly match the exact color of your natural teeth, and it reflects light exactly like your tooth enamel. Your smile looks beautiful and perfectly natural. No one will be able to tell the difference between your real teeth and your veneers.
Bleaching, or teeth whitening, is a procedure performed to eliminate stains from your teeth, restoring their natural brightness. There are two ways in which your teeth can be whitened. We can perform bleaching in our office. This procedure takes only about an hour of your time and results are noticeable immediately. You can also whiten your teeth at home. We provide you with custom trays and a bleaching agent. The trays hold the bleaching agent against your teeth for several hours twice a day or overnight while you sleep. Treatment typically takes anywhere from one to two weeks, with results becoming noticeable in just a few days.
Composite fillings are an alternative to traditional amalgam fillings. They are made up of a mixture of fine glass, plastic, and other materials. The material is free from metals and mercury. Also, unlike amalgam, which is silver, composite fillings are tooth colored. In addition to improving your oral health, composite fillings also provide an aesthetic restoration to the quality of your smile.
Crooked teeth have long been treated with metal braces. While effective, the metal brackets and wires stand out against your teeth and overtake your smile. For many patients, particularly older teens and adults, the thought of spending 2 to 3 years with a shiny metal smile can be more unbearable than living with crooked teeth.
Invisalign provides you with a much more discreet option. Instead of metal brackets and wires, this treatment uses clear plastic aligners to straighten your teeth. The aligners resemble whitening trays in appearance and are made from impressions of your mouth to ensure a proper fit. Your aligners work to gradually shift your teeth into proper alignment. They are made to be worn for two weeks at a time before you change to the next set. When placed on your teeth, your aligners completely disappear from view, and no one will be able to tell that they are there.
With cosmetic dental procedures, we can help to greatly improve the quality of your smile, and significantly boost your confidence. Call North Hills Dental at (503) 567-4121 today to schedule your consultation and find out if cosmetic dentistry is right for you.