Cosmetic imperfections on the teeth in your smile can come in many forms. While chronic staining issues can easily be improved by a dental bleaching treatment, it cannot improve the appearance of mismatched fillings and chips in the tooth enamel. In a situation like this, many people will consult with Dr. Gerald Fujii to find the best option for improving their smile.
One of the most effective methods of improving an imperfect smile is installing dental veneers. They are custom-shaped porcelain shells that are designed in a state-of-the-art dental lab to fit over the faces of each tooth in your smile. They appear to look like healthy white tooth enamel.
The special dental-grade porcelain material the veneers are made from will not be receptive to microscopic staining particles. Since stains can’t penetrate the porcelain, it will make it easy to keep your smile bright white.
Dr. Gerald Fujii will start by examining the teeth in your smile to make sure you have sufficient enamel to secure a veneer. If you have one or more teeth that have been compromised by a past filling or current cavities, he might recommend restoring the tooth enamel with a porcelain dental crown.
Next, Dr. Gerald Fujii will remove small amount of enamel from the face of each tooth. Then, he will make a meticulous impression of each tooth in your smile. This will be sent to the dental lab to serve as a guide while the technicians work to produce your final veneers.
A second appointment will be necessary when the veneers are ready. During this appointment, your dentist will cement the porcelain shells into place.
If you live in the Portland, Oregon, area and you are interested in improving the appearance of your smile with dental veneers, you should call 503-227-1693 to schedule a consultation at Portland Dental PC.