Our teeth are important–whether it’s eating, speaking, smiling or emoting, they shape our faces and are the centerpieces of our smiles.
So what happens when your teeth are discolored, chipped, or otherwise unsightly? Discolored teeth can cause self-consciousness and self-doubt and can even cause us to miss out on personal and professional opportunities.
Luckily, cosmetic dentistry has come a long way in the past few years, revolutionizing procedures to improve dental appearance and the health of teeth. If you’re unhappy with your smile, you have so many options for improving it–all you have to do is consult a trustworthy local dentist.
Here are a few cosmetic dentistry procedures that can give you the smile you want.
Professional Dental Whitening
Do you teeth have persistent, stubborn dental stains and discoloration? There are many causes of discolored teeth, but very few over-the-counter whiteners have the power to reverse truly stubborn tooth stains.
Some tooth stains are extrinsic, meaning the staining is contained on the outer layer of the tooth. Other tooth stains are intrinsic, which means they exist within the pulp or nerve of the tooth.
If only one of your teeth is discolored, it could indicate that the tooth has experienced trauma; it could also mean the tooth is dead. A dead tooth will eventually fall out by itself. At that point, you will need to seek other dental procedures to replace the tooth.
For stains caused by smoking, medication use, alcohol or food, your dentist can create a custom-molded whitening tray especially for your mouth. Talk to your dentist about whitening versus bleaching your teeth.
If the staining persists after a whitening session, you may need to explore other ways to improve your smile.
As we age, our teeth can become worn down and weak. This increases the likelihood of chipping. . Trauma, illness or poor dental hygiene can also contribute to unsightly or unhealthy teeth.
Teeth that have significant chipping can be painful and cause lacerations and sores on the inside of the mouth. Chipped teeth can also cause compromised chewing. In addition to these side effects, chipped teeth can also cause embarrassment and lack of self-confidence.
Cosmetic dental veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are meticulously attached to your teeth. Veneers can improve your teeth’s appearance, but they also improve chewing and the feel of your teeth in your mouth.
Dental implants can do more than make your teeth look better. They can also improve your gum health, your speech and the way your mouth feels.
We’ve written about dental implants in detail here, noting how implants actually function as a replacement tooth root. After your dental implant is put in place, a permanent crown can be fitted to it, restoring your smile. Dental implants also last longer and require less upkeep than other tooth replacement options.
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