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Choosing the Right Cosmetic Treatment

Which is Right for My Smile?

With so many cosmetic treatment options available, it can be hard for individuals interested in enhancing their smiles to pick the treatment that best serves their needs. While some may need more extensive care in order to achieve their ideal smile, others are often able to fulfill their dental dreams with less invasive cosmetic treatments. However, while these treatments offer similar results, each is best when used in particular scenarios.

Consider how different dental conditions can be solved with different cosmetic treatments.

External Dental Staining

For patients with yellowed, dull smiles, teeth whitening is an excellent option for improving the entire smile without altering the structure of teeth.  During this treatment, professional grade whitening gel is applied to teeth via a custom fit tray. Within the course of about an hour, patients are able to notice a significant difference in the look of their smile. While teeth whitening treatments are often completed in office, patients with busy schedules are able to opt for a take-home version of the treatment.

Intrinsic Staining

While teeth whitening can help lighten the external shade of teeth, topically applied bleaching gel may not be strong enough to clear internal tooth staining. Stains within teeth can be caused by a number of conditions, ranging from medication side effects to decayed tissue within the tooth. For patients looking to cover darkened teeth, our Beaverton dentists often recommend porcelain veneers. While fairly thin, veneers are opaque enough to cover deep staining and are made to reflect light as naturally as possible.

Crooked Teeth and Gaps between Teeth

For patients with minor tooth rotation or misalignment, veneers can provide an excellent alternative to orthodontics. Rather than having to undergo year-long realignment treatment, the misaligned tooth can be covered with a porcelain veneer, leaving patients with a natural, uniform smile. For individuals who prefer a less invasive method of filling gaps between teeth, composite bonding can be an effective cosmetic option for filling minor chips and cracks in teeth. As the resin material is made to match teeth, the results of composite bonding treatments are natural looking.

Missing Teeth

There are a number of options for replacing missing teeth. However, few provide the health and aesthetic benefits of dental implants. Surgically placed into the jaw, dental implants help stimulate the bone tissue, ultimately preserving facial structure, bite alignment, and overall oral health.  

Considering Cosmetic Dentistry? Contact Farmington Dental Care Today

From teeth whitening to dental implants, our Beaverton dental team offers a number of treatment options tailored to help patients achieve their ideal smile. To learn more about your cosmetic treatment solutions, visit our Beaverton dentists today. 

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