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Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry

Lumineers for Minor Imperfections

Three of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures include Lumineers, porcelain veneers, and professional teeth whitening. Below, your local Battle Ground dentist points out the benefits of each.

You may have heard of Lumineers before. Digitally designed to perfectly fit your mouth, these ultra-thin dental enhancements can be applied in two easy visits. While they are about as thin as a contact lens, Lumineers are great choices for hiding minor imperfections, such as chips, cracks, gaps, stains or uneven lengths.

Unlike other veneers, Lumineers do not typically require a lot of drilling, shots, or temporary fronts. (In fact, they are considered pain-free, non-invasive cosmetic options!) Each composite Lumineer is bonded to the surface of your teeth individually, to ensure a truly natural look.

 

Porcelain Veneers for a Dazzling Smile

Porcelain veneers are another option. Like Lumineers, porcelain veneers are placed over the front of your natural teeth. Unlike Lumineers, however, they are a bit thicker. Additionally, porcelain veneers will require the removal of a layer of enamel from the front of your teeth.

Porcelain veneers are known for their durability, often lasting 10 to 30 years! They are easy to install – typically only requiring two visits. Porcelain veneers look as real as your natural teeth. They are a great fix for gaps, chips, intense discoloration, and much more. In fact, because porcelain does not easily stain, you do not have to worry about having a less-than-brilliant smile again.

 

Custom Teeth Whitening at Excel Dental

If discoloration is your biggest complaint, a custom, professional teeth whitening session may be all you need. Wouldn’t you get the same results with one of those kits at your local superstore? Not at all! At-home, over-the-counter teeth whitening kits are nowhere near as potent as professionally applied versions.

Custom teeth whitening can reach even those deep stains. When applied by a professional, they can address any discoloration variations that may occur to ensure the final result is a consistent, white. For more, you can have a beautiful white smile in just a single visit!

 

Cosmetic Dentistry in Battle Ground, WA

If you are looking to improve your smile, Excel Dental can help. Our cosmetic dentistry services include several options, including Lumineers, porcelain veneers, and custom whitening.

If you are ready to have the smile of your dreams, contact Excel Dental today!

What To Do When You Have a Chipped or Broken Tooth

What To Do When You Have a Chipped or Broken Tooth

Chipping your tooth is one of those accidents that everyone aims to avoid but sometimes just can’t help doing. Most people hate the sight of their own chipped teeth and will immediately make plans to see a dentist to get it fixed (unless they’re professional hockey players, in which case they wear it like a badge of honor).

If you have recently chipped a tooth, you may be wondering what you need to do. Ultimately, you need to go to a dentist, but as it turns out there are a series of steps that you can do immediately to help prevent further damage to the tooth and alleviate pain.

The first thing you should do is rinse your mouth out. Usually, when an individual chips their tooth, they get a chalky taste in their mouth which can be quite annoying. Rinsing your mouth out with water can get those fragments out and can help staunch any bleeding that may be occurring as well.

Next, consider taking a low dosage painkiller if it is painful. Remember that teeth do have nerves running through them, so often time when it is chipped, the tooth can be quite painful. Tylenol or other over-the-counter medications can help alleviate this pain.

You will also want to cover any part of the tooth that is jagged or sharp. Many dentists suggest using sugarless gum or wax paper in a little ball to help prevent that sharp edge from cutting another part of your mouth. Make sure to continue replacing whatever you use.

Beyond these fixes, make sure that you avoid eating food in that general area. If you can, use another part of your mouth to eat, as excess use on the chipped tooth could lead to further damage and more pain, which is exactly what you should be trying to avoid.

Contact Us for a Chipped Tooth

Finally, call your dentist! While a chipped tooth may not be grounds for an emergency appointment, you can set up an appointment immediately to get a procedure done, such as a filling, a crown, or veneer, to fix the chipped tooth. If you are in Battleground, Washington, contact us and we will use the best procedure to help with your chipped tooth!

 

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