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.
Teeth whitening and bleaching have become a widely used and popular way to whiten smiles. Many people achieve the look they’ve been dreaming of with the simple “bleaching” procedure provided by McDowell Dentistry.
While many over-the-counter whitening products are now available, dentist-supervised treatments remain the recommended procedures for lightening discolored teeth. We are able to get closer matches and make sure that whitening works to its optimum potential.
Teeth whitening is an inexpensive and safe procedure. Depending on your preference, you can lighten only your upper teeth or both the upper and lower.
We will provide you with a special bleaching agent that you put into the clear trays, which removes stains from the enamel of your teeth. Once your teeth reach their optimum brightness, only occasional treatments are needed to maintain your new smile.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of the teeth. These thin pieces are bonded to the front of your teeth, and 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.
As a premier cosmetic dentist in Gladstone, Oregon, Dr. McDowell will consult with you to evaluate your occlusion (bite) to determine the best results of veneers. He may take preliminary impressions to produce a diagnostic wax up to have you evaluate before any treatment begins. Dr. McDowell 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.
Properly aligned teeth can help prevent serious health problems and help maintain healthy gum and teeth. MTM (minor teeth movement) Clear Aligners are an affordable alternative to braces for people will misaligned teeth. This process uses clear and removable plastic aligners to address conditions such as spacing, crowding, midline discrepancy, tipping, and rotation.
The aligners are custom fabricated for you by Dr. McDowell with a treatment plan to advance your teeth into their ideal positions. MTM Clear Aligners are virtually undetectable and treatment can be short as three to six months. For your treatment to be effective, we recommend wearing the aligners unless you are eating, brushing your teeth, or drinking hot liquids.
When your bite is incorrect and causes pain and/or speech problems, or you are not happy with your side profile, Dr. Robert McDowell can talk with you about full-mouth reconstruction. Often these may include jaw surgery, extractions and veneers to achieve a healthy and aesthetically-pleasing bite and profile.