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Porcelain Veneers Overview

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If you have mild to moderate dental imperfections like stained, chipped or gapped teeth, there are a number of cosmetic dentistry options available to you. One of the most effective is porcelain veneers. Price-wise, porcelain veneers are a mid-range option – more expensive than a teeth whitening treatment but considerably less expensive than dental crowns. This might be a consideration for you since most dental insurers will not cover anything that is considered to be a cosmetic treatment. In any case, most of the time, porcelain veneers will work as well as crowns to hide common dental issues.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are tooth-shaped shells that are created from dental porcelain and cemented to the surface of your teeth. They can correct a range of imperfections, and can even alter the shape and length of your teeth. Although not a restorative treatment, in addition to a better smile, you may also find that your porcelain veneers offer some improvement in your ability to bite and chew.

How Are Porcelain Veneers Installed?

Usually, your Lake Oswego dentist will remove a little of your tooth enamel in order to ensure that your veneers will adhere properly. Then, impressions are taken of your teeth and sent to a lab. Once the lab has made your veneers, they can be cemented in place. Some patients, though, can benefit from “low-prep” veneers, which are thinner than standard veneers and can be installed in one visit since there is no need for tooth preparation and impressions. If your dental imperfections are on the low end of the scale, these might be the right choice for you. Your dentist can help you to make the right decision.

Contact Our Porcelain Veneers Dentist in Lake Oswego

If you are less than happy with the state of your teeth, and would like to have your smile improved, contact us at Dental Arts & Wellness in Lake Oswego, OR to discuss porcelain veneers and other cosmetic dentistry options. Dr. Manami Yamaguchi has been helping patients to get the smile they want for years, and is always happy when patients are able to smile with full confidence instead of with a closed mouth. To arrange a consultation with Dr. Yamaguchi, just give us a call at 503 506-2787. We look forward to seeing you.

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