Since 2001 Optima Dental has proudly served Lake Oswego with the latest and most comprehensive cosmetic dental options and procedures. Cosmetic dentistry can improve the appearance of a single tooth, your entire smile, or all of your teeth with full-mouth reconstruction.
Our Lake Oswego office offers the following cosmetic dentistry services:
1. Dental veneers
We offer a variety of dental veneers that are either porcelain or composite.
a. Porcelain or ceramic dental veneers
There are three types of all-ceramic dental veneers based on thickness. These include traditional full- thickness veneers, ultra-thin or micro-thin veneers, and no-prep veneers. Empress® and e.max® are ceramic types that currently dominate the market. Porcelain and Empress veneers are great options due to their brilliance, strength, and durability. We offer both of these products.
b. Composite or resin dental veneers
Composite dental veneers are made from composite resins, which are similar to white dental fillings, but offer better aesthetics due to their finish and polishing capabilities. Although these veneers can only be utilized in specific situations and have limited longevity and applications, they are less expensive than porcelain veneers.
2. Metal-free zirconia restorations
There are many options for teeth restoration without the use of metal, including:
a. Full-zirconia crowns and bridges
Zirconia offers outstanding strength when restoring your back teeth. It is much stronger than porcelain and because of this, is a superior option for back teeth that are used for grinding and chewing food. Zirconia crowns and bridges also work well for patients with bruxism (teeth grinding). Recently, manufacturers introduced multi-layered zirconia to mimic the layers of tooth enamel and dentin and provide highly aesthetic and natural-looking results.
b. Porcelain fused to zirconia
Lava™ restorations are porcelain-fused-to-zirconia crowns and bridges. These consist of a zirconia base that is layered with porcelain for better aesthetics.
3. Porcelain restorations
Porcelain offers the best cosmetic dental results because of its ability to replicate your tooth’s natural appearance. It is used most often on front teeth due to its superior aesthetics. However, porcelain tends to be weaker and more brittle than zirconia and more prone to fracture. Because of its limited applications, porcelain can only be used in certain situations. Some of the porcelain materials available include:
a. e.max porcelain
High level of aesthetics, great strength, and durability
b. Empress porcelain
High level of aesthetics and moderate strength
4. Composite bonding
Composite bonding, or teeth bonding, is a quick and convenient way to repair chips, fractures, or cavities in highly visible areas of the mouth.
The entire process of composite teeth bonding can be completed in a single visit. The process of tooth bonding begins with the removal of old fillings and tooth decay, and smoothing out sharp edges. This step is followed by applying a bonding agent to the tooth, and as a result, the composite adheres to the tooth’s structure.
The composite is placed in increments and shaped in order to get the ideal fit, feel, and look. This is where art meets science. All the subtle qualities and perfect “imperfections” of neighboring teeth are replicated to provide highly aesthetic and seamless results.
5. Cosmetic gum surgery
Cosmetic gum surgery can be classified into two different types: reduction and grafting. In both types of surgeries, the artistic ability of the surgeon plays an important role in producing proper tissue contours and creating outstanding aesthetics.
a. Gum tissue reduction surgery
This procedure is performed to treat gummy smiles that often look like baby teeth. In this example, our patient had as much as 3mm of her gum removed. To further improve her appearance, we added length to her teeth and beauty to the final restoration.
b. Gum grafting
This procedure is used to restore deficiencies in the gum tissue around teeth that leaves them overexposed. We take matching tissue from the roof of the mouth to transplant in the deficient areas.
In both types of surgeries, the artistic ability of the surgeon plays an important role in producing proper tissue contours and creating outstanding aesthetics.
6. Cosmetic dental implants
Cosmetic dental implants are also known as zirconia dental implants or metal-free dental implants. Zirconia is a natural-looking, strong ceramic material. Zirconia implants offer superior cosmetic results, great durability, and a great alternative to titanium dental implants. Several studies have shown that zirconia dental implants continue to offer better integration to the surrounding bone and tissue and superior biocompatibility.
Dr. Saleh was the first clinician to bring this exciting new technology to Portland, Oregon in 2008. Because of his advanced training and knowledge, we continue to be the only providers of zirconia dental implants in Oregon.
As shown in the photo, there are two zirconia dental implants replacing two molars for a patient who wanted a strong, natural-looking restoration. The implants have been restored with e.max porcelain crowns and had superior tissue adaptation because it was the best option.
7. Cosmetic implant abutments
Zirconia custom abutments can also be used in conjunction with titanium implants to produce superior cosmetic implant restorations.
Tooth-colored zirconia implant abutments can be a great alternative to titanium metal abutments for better aesthetics, particularly around the gumline. Due to their natural color, zirconia custom abutments for implant restorations can eliminate darkness around the gumline that often occurs with titanium dental implants and restorations.
This photo demonstrates the restoration of a zirconia custom abutment with an implant crown that produced beautifully natural results.
8. Teeth whitening
While laser/light-activated teeth whitening continues to offer dramatically superior results in contrast to other options, at Optima Dental we see even better results with more innovative and advanced alternatives. The introduction of whitening pens and at-home gels are good examples.
We provide several methods of teeth whitening because certain options will be more effective depending on the color and condition of your teeth and the number of teeth being treated. Our methods include in-house chairside laser/light activated whitening, take-home trays, whitening gels, and internal teeth bleaching to lighten teeth that have been darkened due to a root canal procedure. For more details, please refer to our teeth whitening page.
What Can You Expect?
Cosmetic dentistry services from Optima Dental include the following:
- Five-year replacement warranty
- Unparalleled, beautiful natural-looking results
- Anxiety-free sedation dentistry
- Various dental veneers and cosmetic dentistry options
- Free Zoom teeth whitening with dental veneers
Call us to request a complimentary consultation, or schedule an appointment online.