Dental Veneers: The Ultimate Cover-Up

If your smile is less than perfect in a photo, a simple swipe with an editing tool magically fixes the flaws. If you want to perfect your smile in real life, you need the help of a dental professional.

If you live in or around Portland, Oregon, you can join the hundreds of satisfied patients who’ve trusted Dr. Benjamin C. Wang at Centerport Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry. As a restorative dentistry expert, Dr. Wang specializes in the art and science of comprehensive oral care, and he takes a holistic approach that ensures you’ll not only get excellent results, you’ll get excellent health care. And if you’re looking for a way to perfect your smile, he offers several ways to shape up your teeth — including dental veneers. 

Why veneers? 

Do you have a fine line or two traveling across the surface of your teeth or a missing corner where you tried to open a bag of chips and chipped your tooth instead? Chances are these little imperfections are messing up your otherwise perfect smile.

And it’s not just a cosmetic issue. Slightly damaged teeth may seem minor, but any breach in the enamel is the gateway to bacteria. Tiny cracks and chips allow pathogens to enter the inner tooth and fester, leading to infections and tooth decay.

Veneers can solve both the aesthetic and health issues caused by minor tooth damage. These thin shells fit over the surface of your tooth to cover up the visual problem and seal the tooth to protect it from further harm.

But damage isn’t the only reason for veneers. You may have discolored or misshapen teeth that you'd like to change or cover. Or maybe you have a gap you want to close, or one tooth that’s shorter than all the rest. Veneers are made to hide these flaws. 

Types of veneers

If you and Dr. Wang decide that veneers are right for your particular problem, you have two choices.

Direct veneers

The quickest way to cover a crack or bridge a slight gap is with direct veneers. Made from a composite material that’s applied directly to your tooth, this type of veneer is a clay-like putty that Dr. Wang sculpts into the perfect shape and size. The pros and cons of direct veneers include:

Dr. Wang’s years of experience ensure realistic, natural-looking results. For very minor fixes, you may also consider dental bonding. The material used for this treatment is similar to the composite material used for direct veneers, but we generally only cover a portion of your tooth with bonding, rather than the whole thing. Bonding can repair a crack or chip, close a small gap, or lengthen a tooth that’s too short. 

Indirect veneers

Unlike the sculptable composite material of direct veneers, indirect veneers are made of thin shells of porcelain. After taking impressions of your teeth, Dr. Wang orders your custom veneers from a lab. When they’re ready, you come back in for a second appointment to have them permanently adhered to your teeth. The pros and cons of direct porcelain veneers include:

Direct porcelain veneers can solve several problems, including slightly turned or twisted teeth, gaps, misshapen teeth, or chipped or broken teeth. To apply them, Dr. Wang simply etches the surface of your teeth and applies an adhesive that bonds with the porcelain. 

If your other teeth are slightly discolored, Dr. Wang recommends a professional teeth whitening session before he matches the color of your new veneers to the neighboring teeth. 

Still not sure which type of veneer is right for you? Don’t worry — Dr. Wang can help you decide on the best treatment for your unique smile. To learn more about veneers, call us at 503-751-2153 or book an appointment online today.

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