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By Elm Street Family Dental
November 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Correct dental imperfections, such as chipped or missing teeth, with cosmetic dentistry and show off your best possible smile. There are cosmetic dentistry various cosmetic dental procedures for correcting a wide range of imperfections. Teeth with cracks, chips, stains, or discolorations can be transformed with the right cosmetic procedure. Extra space between teeth can even be corrected with cosmetic dentistry. At Elm Street Family Dental, Dr. Lane Harris and Dr. Peter Morse are your family dentists in Albany, OR, for cosmetic dentistry.

Bonding & Contouring

Two popular cosmetic dental procedures are bonding and contouring. Both procedures can improve the appearance of problem teeth. Contouring is used to reshape teeth that are oddly shaped, crooked, or overlapping. Cosmetic contouring involves shaving away small amounts of enamel to reshape the tooth and give it a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Bonding can be used to repair such imperfections as cracks or chips in teeth, as well as small gaps between teeth. Bonding can also be used to conceal stains and discolorations that cannot be removed with teeth whitening treatments. Dental bonding works by applying a resin material to the problem area on a tooth. The material can be used to fill in chips, cracks, and gaps, or to fill in small spaces. Once the resin material dries, it will be permanently bonded to the natural tooth and former imperfections will no longer be visible.


Veneers are thin covers placed over the front of problem teeth. They can hide such imperfections as stains, discolorations, chips, cracks, or gaps. The appearance of slightly crooked or oddly-shaped teeth can also be improved with veneers. To apply veneers, a thin layer of enamel is first removed from the problem teeth. Removing a small amount of enamel allows veneers to line up flush with the surrounding teeth rather than protrude out past them. A dental adhesive is then used to permanently affix the veneers to the front of the teeth.


In Albany another available cosmetic dentistry procedure is teeth whitening. Professional whitening treatments can dramatically whiten and brighten teeth in just one dental visit. The color and appearance of teeth that have become yellow or dull due to aging, smoking, food and beverage stains, medical conditions, or even vitamin deficiencies, can be significantly improved through professional teeth whitening. Further, whitening results can last for up to five years before additional treatments are needed.

Show off your best possible smile with one or more cosmetic dental procedures. Your family dentist can recommend the right procedures for your needs. To schedule an appointment with either Dr. Harris or Dr. Morse, your cosmetic dentistry specialists in Albany, OR, contact Elm Street Family Dental at (541) 928-2993.

By Elm Street Family Dental
September 19, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: family dentistry  

Does everyone in your family have their own dentists? Why not make your life easier by choosing one dentist for the entire group? Our family dentistAlbany, OR, family dentists, Dr. Lane Harris and Dr. Peter Morse, explain how you can benefit from making the switch.

Too many dentists, not enough time

It's not unusual for the members of the same family to see different dentists, particularly if spouses or partners have their own dentists when they meet. After children are born, a pediatric dentist may be added to the mix. Unfortunately, visiting various dental offices can be very time-consuming and involve missing multiple hours of work.

When your family makes the decision to visit a family dentist, you won't have to devote quite so much time to dental visits. In fact, you can schedule one long visit for the entire family at our Albany office.

Family dentists are experienced in treating every member of your family

Pediatric dentists aren't the only option for children's dental care. Family dentists offer quality care for you and the youngest members of your family. In addition to filling cavities and applying sealants to children's teeth, they also check for signs that could indicate developmental issues and make treatment recommendations if any problems are detected during a visit.

Family dentists offer several important benefits if you have children, including:

  • A pleasant experience: Family dentists and their staff members create a welcoming, child-friendly environment that helps your child feel at ease during visits.
  • Positive role models: Children like to emulate adults. When your kids accompany you to appointments, they'll see that maintaining good oral health is one of your priorities.
  • Continuity of care: Eventually, your children will become too old to visit a pediatric dentist and will have to search for a new dentist. When you choose a family dentist, your child will enjoy a long-lasting relationship with the same dental group. There won't be any need to transfer records or explain complicated issues to a new dentist.

Protect your family's oral health with regular visits to a family dentist. If you would like to make an appointment, call Albany, OR, family dentists, Dr. Harris and Dr. Morse, at (514) 928-2993.

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.

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