Clackamas dentist Dr. Jeremy Suess and his team at Clackamas Smiles Family Dental provide comprehensive cosmetic dentistry care and services.
When a filling is required, Dr. Suess and his team can provide aesthetic tooth colored/bonded restorations. Closely matched to the color and shape of your surrounding teeth, this procedure protects your teeth while providing a beautiful smile.
Amalgam fillings are perfectly acceptable restorations to have. Dr. Suess only recommends removal of amalgam fillings when there is a defect in the filling or decay in the tooth. If you have received fillings over the years, Dr. Suess will closely monitor them for any signs of failure and offer replacement options when necessary.
Tooth-colored/bonded restorations are natural-looking fillings that prevent further tooth decay while strengthening weakened teeth. Generally completed during one office visit, this bonding procedure can significantly improve the appearance of a tooth. Composite restorations come in a variety of shades to match the color of the actual and surrounding tooth structures.
Teeth Whitening and Bleaching
Teeth whitening and bleaching have become a widely used and popular way to whiten smiles. Many Clackamas Smiles Family Dental patients achieve the look they’ve been dreaming of with either custom-made home whitening trays or with the Zoom! chairside tooth whitening system, achieving dramatically whiter teeth in one office visit for immediate results.
The Zoom! teeth whitening procedure begins with a short preparation to cover your lips and gums, leaving only your teeth exposed. We then apply the proprietary Zoom! Whitening Gel which was developed to be used with the Zoom! Lamp. The whitening gel and the Zoom! Lamp work together to gently penetrate your teeth, breaking up stains and discoloration.
The at-home teeth whitening procedure includes special bleaching agent that you put into the custom-made clear trays, which removes stains from the enamel of your teeth. Once your teeth reach your preferred brightness, only occasional treatments are needed to maintain your new smile.
Bonding is a resin that is used in the front or back teeth to restore decayed teeth, lighten stains, close minor gaps or correct crooked teeth. A tooth is prepared through light etching on its surface, and a bonding resin is placed on top. The tooth is bonded, sculpted, colored and shaped to improve your smile. Once cured with a high-intensity curing light, the surface is polished.
Tooth bonding is convenient, often completed in one visit, and can significantly improve the appearance of a tooth. Bonding typically lasts three to five years, or even longer before need of repair.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of the teeth. They are generally used to improve the overall look of your teeth, especially if you have teeth that are uneven, chipped, stained or crooked. Ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to stains from substances like coffee, tea, or tobacco.
Veneers can be completed in about three dental visits, involving a consultation with Dr. Suess as well as an impression of your teeth to send to the lab where your veneers will be made. The veneers will then be place and bonded to your teeth during the third visit. As an expert in cosmetic dentistry in Clackamas, Dr. Suess will ensure that your veneers are crafted from the highest quality porcelains and are bonded with the most advanced and proven materials available.
Veneers require the same type and amount of care as regular teeth. Brushing twice daily and flossing once a day, along with regularly scheduled trips to your dentist, will ensure a bright, healthy smile for years to come.