Enhance Your Smile with Treatments in Cosmetic Dentistry
At Creative Smiles in Vancouver, WA, we adopt a philosophy of comprehensive care. Therefore, we believe it is important to address the health, function, and aesthetics of your smile for long-lasting results. Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of your teeth and gums. Dr. Futenma offers these treatments for patients who have good oral health, but who desire to give their smile an aesthetic boost.
Crafted from high-grade ceramic porcelain, veneers are affixed to the front surfaces of the teeth to conceal cosmetic imperfections. Conditions that can be addressed with veneers include chipped, fractured, discolored, misshapen, or misaligned teeth. Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin, and can be precisely color-matched to your surrounding teeth for a seamless, beautiful smile. Designed for durability, porcelain veneers can last upwards of 20 years with proper care.
Dental Bonding and Composite Veneers
Dental bonding is often performed as a more affordable alternative to porcelain veneers. Using composite resin material, Dr. Futenma can skillfully camouflage cosmetic flaws, restoring teeth to their original shape and size. One of the major advantages of cosmetic bonding is that is can generally be completed in a single office visit, offering dramatic immediate results. Typically, composite bonding must be reapplied every four to eight years to maintain aesthetic benefits.
Often performed in combination with dental bonding, tooth contouring involves reshaping the teeth for a more aesthetically-pleasing appearance. This process requires the removal of minimal amounts of enamel. During this treatment, Dr. Futenma will alter the tooth structure, shortening or narrowing teeth where necessary. The teeth will then be polished to a shine, and your bite will be checked to ensure proper function.
The gums are meant to accentuate your smile, not be a primary focal point. Patients who have excess gum tissue or a “gummy smile” can improve their appearance with gum contouring. During this procedure, Dr. Futenma removes excess gum tissue and carefully reshapes the gum line for an even, balanced, and symmetrical smile.
At Creative Smiles, Dr. Futenma can perform gum contouring with a dental laser. This minimally-invasive treatment offers maximum precision while also reducing the amount of post-operative bleeding and discomfort.
Professional Teeth Whitening
To brighten dull or stained teeth, we offer professional teeth whitening with take-home treatments by Opalescence®. This system allows our patients to whiten their teeth in the privacy of their homes at their convenience.
Before undergoing treatment, impressions will be taken of your teeth. These impressions will be sent to a lab where a skilled technician will craft your custom bleaching trays. Once we receive your trays, your treatment can begin. You will simply apply the bleaching gel to your custom trays, and insert them in your mouth. Typically, they will be worn once or twice a day for an amount of time determined by Dr. Futenma. Most patients begin to see results within days, enjoying the full effect after a couple of weeks.
Learn More about Treatments in Cosmetic Dentistry
If you are dissatisfied with certain aesthetic elements of your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Futenma. He can design a personalized treatment plan that will help you achieve your goals. Our office is located in Vancouver, WA, and is convenient to the surrounding communities of Hazel Dell, Salmon Creek, Orchards, Battle Ground, Ridgefield, and Portland. Call our office at (360) 574-3061 or contact us online anytime.