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Think ahead to the next big event in your life.

Are you getting married? Are you preparing for a high school reunion? Are you or someone you love receiving an award?

No matter what it is, someone will be taking a photo that will probably end up online. You want to look your best, and that includes your smile.

If you want a whiter smile, you should look into veneers. Porcelain veneers are a simple and effective way to fix your teeth.

If you live in or near Canby, Molalla, or Oregon City, you can get your veneers at Pioneer Dental Group.

Smile, you’re on social media

Technology has improved our lives in many ways. We can communicate with people around the world, or just on the other side of the room, with our smartphones.

Those phones are equipped with cameras, which means at any moment someone can ask for a “selfie.” Within minutes, your picture with your friend, sibling, classmate, child, or grandchild can be posted on Facebook, Instagram, and who knows how many other Internet sites.

If that happened right now, would you be happy with your smile? Millions of Americans would say no. If you are one of those people, veneers are a great way to fix a number of problems with your teeth.

Do you want whiter teeth? Veneers can fix that.

Tea, coffee, soft drinks, and dark sauces (think tomato and soy) are among the many things that can cause tooth stains. Yellow teeth may be a side effect of some medicines, and tobacco can leave its mark on your teeth, even if you quit years ago.

Veneers can cover those stains and let you present a pearly white smile to the world.

Do you have crooked teeth? Veneers can fix that, too.

In a recent survey, 78 percent of people said they think of adults with crooked teeth as unsuccessful, according to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). Veneers are a great way to hide those teeth that won’t get in line, giving you the appearance of a perfectly straight smile.

Do you have a chipped or broken tooth? Again, veneers can fix that.

No matter if you chipped your tooth last week, last year, or last millennium, you don’t have to keep feeling like something is missing. Veneers can replace what’s missing and give you a complete smile.

Do you have a gap between your teeth? Veneers are the answer for that, too.

David Letterman may have been fine with his gap, but many people feel uncomfortable about uneven spacing between their teeth. Veneers will close the gap so your smile is more uniformly spaced.

If you don’t like your smile, you have a lot of company. According to that AAO survey, 48 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds said they had “untagged” themselves in a picture because they were disappointed with their smiles.

Improve your smile

You can think of veneers like a new case on your cell phone. With time and use, your old case becomes dirty, discolored, and worn down.

Something similar can happen to your teeth, depending on your oral care habits, the things you eat and drink, or your use of tobacco products. Putting on porcelain veneers can leave your teeth looking like new.

Modern veneers look like real teeth. The difference is veneers make your smile whiter, straighter, and more complete.

Veneers are bonded to the front of your teeth, and they are designed so they will look natural in your mouth. You will see a dramatic improvement in the appearance as soon as the veneers are bonded in place.

Many patients experience a boost to their self-esteem when they see their new smiles. And that makes us feel good, too.

Fix your smile now

Remember that AAO survey? Fourteen percent of the people who responded said they
believed they missed out on a better job because of their teeth. Twenty-two percent said improving their smile would improve their love lives, and 36 percent said a better smile would improve their social lives.

Fix your smile today. Feel more confident about yourself, and you might just enjoy your life a little more.

When you are ready to get veneers or maybe have your teeth whitened, contact the team at Pioneer Dental Group in Oregon City. You can schedule your visit with our online form or by calling 503-388-4691.