Porcelain veneers conservatively support dramatic smile enhancement!

Veneers are thin handcrafted porcelain shields worn on the front of the tooth which improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, cracked, stained or worn. Veneers are thin as contact lenses, and are an aesthetically pleasing option of closing gaps, lengthening teeth, and providing symmetry to make your smile more natural. Veneers are intended to last for many years without changing color. They are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in dentistry. Ask your dentist if veneers may be right for you.

Dramatic transformations do not require aggressive or invasive treatment at Advance Dental Arts Center. In fact, our team in West Linn, Oregon, supports life-changing transformations in our patients’ smile aesthetics with one of the most conservative procedures available to modern dentistry: porcelain veneers.

Veneers, defined 

Our dentist, Dr. Kimberly Wright, may determine that you are a good candidate for veneers if you have cosmetic imperfections but your mouth is otherwise healthy. “Treatable” imperfections include:

  • Very dark stains or internal discoloration.
  • Chipped teeth.
  • Gaps between teeth.
  • Slight cracks.
  • Worn or “short” teeth.
  • Teeth with irregular contours.

The veneer is made from composite resin or dental ceramic-like porcelain. The latter option, porcelain, is attractive because it retains its beauty over time. It also resists stains better than other dental materials. While it mimics the properties of natural tooth enamel, it is also strong and durable with good oral hygiene at home and professional care at our office.

The process

Veneers are applied mainly to the front surfaces of the teeth that are visible when you smile. Once placed on top of the prepared tooth and bonded or secured to it, each veneer covers up the chips, cracks, gaps, or other imperfections. We compare it to how acrylic nails may be placed on shorter or weaker natural nails for cosmetic enhancement and strength. 

Since modern veneers are super-thin, very little enamel must be removed to “prepare” or make room for each veneer placed and secured on top of the tooth. So, it is a conservative alternative, especially when compared to other dental procedures, which generally require alteration of the natural tooth. This characteristic makes veneers ideal for patients with a history of tooth sensitivity or those who are concerned about discomfort during the process. As the preparation is modest, the procedure is not associated with sensitivity. So, little to no anesthetic is necessary.

Veneers at our office also look like natural teeth! They complement your skin tone and other facial features. They fit precisely and do not jut out, nor do they look overly big for your face or “plastic” because we use such an exacting approach to planning and designing them. To discuss your options, call (503) 694-4776 today! Advance Dental Arts Center is located in West Linn and welcomes individuals and families from Lake Oswego, Oregon City, Gladstone, Milwaukee, Wilsonville, and the greater Portland area.

Dr. Kimberly Wright

Dr. Kimberly Wright

Dr. Kimberly Wright graduated from the University of Oregon and Oregon Health and Science University. She is a lifelong learner, taking over 100 hours of continuing education annually. Dr. Wright earned the prestigious Mastership Award from the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) and is a past MasterTrack Director for Oregon’s AGD, for which she had also served as past president. She was the past trustee for the Oregon Dental Association too. She is a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Orofacial Pain, Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the American College of Dentists.