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By Elm Street Family Dental
July 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Improving your smile may be easier than you realize. Our Albany, OR, dentists, Dr. Lane Harris and Dr. Peter Morse, explain how veneers, veneersan innovative cosmetic dentistry treatment, can provide a simple way to rejuvenate your smile.

How do veneers work?

Adding aluminum or fiber cement siding to your house provides two important benefits: unsightly dents or discolorations are covered up, and you never have to worry about fading or stained paint. Veneers provide the same benefits for your teeth. They're designed to cover imperfections and resist staining.

Crowns are constructed of very thin tooth-shaped pieces of porcelain or plastic that are attached to the fronts of your teeth with dental cement. Before veneers were invented, crowns were the only options to improve the appearance of teeth. Although crowns are a good choice for many dental problems, they require teeth to be shaved down on all four sides to ensure a comfortable fit. When you choose veneers, only a very small amount of tooth enamel is removed.

Are veneers a good choice for me?

Veneers are an excellent solution if you have flaws or imperfections that affect the front surface of your teeth. If the problem affects your entire tooth, a crown may be needed. Veneers may be recommended if you are concerned about:

  • Discolorations: Discolored teeth draw unwanted attention to your smile. Although teeth whitening can lighten stains in the enamel, whitening is often ineffective if the stains are caused by a dental procedure or medications' side effects. Veneers are a very good choice if you need to cover discolored teeth.
  • Bumps, Depressions, Chips and Cracks: Chips, cracks and uneven tooth surfaces are common cosmetic dental issues. Luckily, they can be easily resolved by applying a dental veneer.
  • Gaps Between Teeth: Eliminating spaces between teeth can completely change your smile. Thanks to the availability of veneers, you no longer need orthodontic treatment to get rid of slight spaces between teeth.
  • Whitening: Dental veneers offer the best long-term whitening option. When you visit our Albany office, you'll choose the perfect shade of white. The shade of dental cement used to attach the veneers can also affect the final color of your teeth.

Are you ready to transform your smile with veneers? Find out if this cosmetic dentistry treatment is a good option for you by calling our Albany, OR, dentists, Dr. Harris and Dr. Morse, at (541) 928-2993 to schedule an appointment.

By Elm Street Family Dental
May 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

Invisalign is the modern solution to a beautiful, straight smile. If you have teeth that are crooked or crowded together, you can straighten invisalignyour smile without traditional metal braces. Invisalign utilizes removable soft trays to align the teeth. In Albany, OR, Invisalign is available at Elm Street Family Dental. There, Dr. Lane Harris or Dr. Peter Morse can help you decide if Invisalign is the right option for straightening your teeth.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an alternative to traditional metal braces for straightening the teeth. Instead of metal brackets and wires, Invisalign straightens the teeth using soft plastic aligner trays. The trays are custom fit to your teeth. Every few weeks, your current trays are replaced with new ones. Each new set of trays is slightly different than the previous one, which helps the teeth gradually move into the desired position. On average, most Albany patients wear Invisalign trays for between nine and fifteen months to achieve a straight smile.

Advantages of Invisalign

Invisalign offers several advantages over traditional metal braces that have long been used to straighten teeth. Traditional braces utilize hard metal brackets and wires that can poke the gums and inside of the mouth. Invisalign trays are made from a soft plastic material that will not irritate the mouth. Additionally, metal braces are affixed to the teeth and can only be removed by the dentist or orthodontist when treatment is complete in a few months or years. Invisalign trays, on the other hand, are removable.

The removable aspect of Invisalign trays offers several additional advantages. The trays can be easily taken out to eat and drink or to brush and floss. The removable nature of the trays makes it much easier to keep the teeth clean and avoid food particles getting trapped in the trays. With metal braces, it can be difficult to clean the teeth as food particles are easily trapped between brackets and wires. Finally, Invisalign trays are clear and are barely noticeable, whereas metal braces are readily visible anytime you smile.

Invisalign provides a convenient and comfortable solution for straightening your smile. With soft trays that are both removable and barely noticeable, there really is no easier way to achieve a straight smile. For Invisalign in Albany, OR, contact Elm Street Family Dental at (541) 928-2993 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Harris or Dr. Morse.

By Elm Street Family Dental
March 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Cosmetic dentistry from your Albany, Oregon dentists offers patients a variety of easy and cost-effective treatments that restore your teeth cosmetic bondingto their original state. Dr. Lane Harris and Dr. Peter Morse from Elm Street Family Dental use cosmetic bonding in order to fix minor imperfections on a patient’s smile, no matter their age. Allow them to examine your teeth and decide whether or not this is a viable treatment option for your oral health situation.

About Cosmetic Bonding

The bonding material used with tooth bonding is known as composite resin. This adds strength to teeth that have weakened overtime. The composite itself bonds to the surface of the tooth. After the bonding is completed, it will be hard to determine a bonded tooth from the rest of your smile. Bonding does last less time than other procedures such as veneers, but it doesn’t require a dental lab and can be done in just one dental visit. This makes this cosmetic dentistry treatment from your Albany, Oregon dentists so popular.

Cosmetic bonding can help repair damaged teeth easily. Tooth bonding can be achieved in just one dental visit. The surface of the tooth is cleaned and etched with a gel that opens up the pores in the surface of the tooth so that it can accept the bonding material better. The gel is rinsed off before the composite resin is painted onto the surface of the tooth into thin layers. A curing light is used by an Albany, Oregon Cosmetic dentistry specialist such as Dr. Harris and Dr. Morse to harden this bonding material. After the dental procedure is finished, the tooth itself is polished.

Bonded teeth must be cared for in the same way that other teeth should be with regular brushing and flossing. A bonded tooth can stay beautiful for years. To schedule an appointment with Elm Street Family Dental in Albany, Oregon, call 541-928-2993 today.

By Elm Street Family Dental
January 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

Find out if this clear orthodontic system is right for you.

While we would all love to live in a world where everyone is born with the perfect smile, sadly this isn’t a reality. People can’t control howinvisalign their teeth come in, only genetics can (thanks, genetics!). But this doesn’t just mean that you are sore out of luck. Our Albany, OR, dentists, Dr. Lane Harris and Dr. Peter Morse, have some amazing ways to straighten your smile once and for all despite that little flaw in your genetic makeup.

You Have to Have Discipline

Yes, aligners are removable, which can be a major selling point for people who want straighter smiles, but remember that you actually have to wear your aligners if you want to see results. Wearing your aligners for about 22 hours out of the day is ideal. You really should only be removing them before eating and drinking or when you need to brush and floss your teeth.

You Have to Have the Right Dental Issues

Invisalign is able to treat a lot of problems, from crooked teeth to overbites, spacing issues and other malocclusions (“bad bites”) but it doesn’t mean that it can tackle all issues. Those who have more complex problems like a severe underbite or issues that require the movement or realignment of the jaws will actually benefit more from traditional braces than Invisalign.

You Have to Clean Your Aligners

It’s amazing that you can get a straighter smile without the need for metal braces but if you want to keep your aligners looking clear and invisible then you’ll actually want to keep them clean. Aligners can easily become stained if you don’t rinse them out and clean them regularly. You’ll also want to brush your teeth after eating and drinking before placing your trays back in.

It’s More Comfortable than Other Orthodontic Systems

Whether you’ve had to have traditional braces growing up or you’ve heard horror stories, you probably know how uncomfortable it can be to have traditional braces tightened. Fortunately, this is a thing of the past when you get Invisalign in Albany. Aligners are made from flexible, thermoplastic and are custom-made to fit over your teeth. Sure, they will fit snugly around your teeth but they aren’t uncomfortable like their metal counterparts can be.

If you are ready to find out if Invisalign is right for you then it’s time to pick up the phone and call Elm Street Family Dental in Albany, OR. Invisalign is an amazing way to straighten your smile without other people noticing.

By Elm Street Family Dental
December 01, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

If you're familiar with dental veneers, you probably know how they can make a huge difference in your smile. If you're not quite sure veneersabout what veneers do, but you have some cosmetic problems with your teeth that you want to correct, this is the blog post you need to read! Dr. Lane Harris and Dr. Peter Morse, your dentists in Albany, OR, are proud to offer veneers at Elm Street Family Dental as a way to enhance and beautify your smile. Here's the information you need to find out if veneers are right for you.

What are veneers?

Versatile, beautiful, life-changing - it'd be hard to pick just one way to describe veneers. Made from expertly-crafted sections of porcelain that are about half the width of a dime, veneers are tooth-shaped restorations that cover just about any flaw you can find in your teeth. While other restorations fix only one problem at a time, veneers are designed to be the solution for several cosmetic dental problems at once: discoloration, chipping, crookedness, or irregular length or shape are all concealed once your veneers from your Albany, OR, dentists have cemented into place.

Would veneers work for me?

If you have any of the cosmetic problems we mentioned - permanent staining of the enamel, chips or cracks, misalignment or worn down or oddly-shaped teeth - veneers could be a great solution for you! However, there are some patients who do not fit the criteria needed to place them; those with missing teeth, for example, would need to consider dental implants or another tooth replacement option. Dr. Harris or Dr. Morse will also evaluate your enamel to make sure it is healthy and strong, as a slight amount of it will need to be buffed away in order to ensure a proper fit. All of these aspects and more will be carefully considered and discussed by you and your Albany dentists before beginning the process of creating and placing your veneers.

We here at Elm Street Family Dental in Albany, OR, look forward to talking with you about your cosmetic dentistry options. Contact us today for an appointment with one of our experienced and talented dentists!

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