There are a number of dental problems that can be fixed with the help of cosmetic dental procedures. If you have dull or dingy teeth, discolored teeth, damaged teeth, or missing teeth there is a cosmetic dental procedure that can help.
Dull or dingy teeth
Your teeth can start to look dull and dingy over time without proper care. Plaque, tartar, and surface stains can build up on your teeth and impact how they look. During your regularly scheduled dental cleanings the plaque, tartar, and some surface stains on your teeth will be removed. Keeping up with your regular cleanings will make a big difference in the condition of your teeth. However, these factors can still have a lasting impact on the brightness of your smile. Professional teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure that can take your smile from dull and dingy to white and bright.
Teeth can become discolored from everyday activity like eating and drinking. These factors cause surface level stains that can often be reversed with professional teeth whitening. In other situations, your teeth can become discolored on a much deeper level. There are some types of medication that can cause teeth discoloration. Habits like smoking can also create very deep stains. In order to get a whiter smile in these situations it will require more than surface level whitening. If your teeth are permanently discolored two cosmetic procedures that can help include porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns. Both of these cosmetic procedures are designed to cover your permanent teeth and can provide you with the bright and white smile you desire.
Two types of damage that can happen to your teeth include cracks and chips. Sometimes these issues are surface level and can be corrected with cosmetic procedures such as porcelain veneers or crowns. The first step in fixing unsightly damage to your teeth is to schedule an examination with your dentist. It is important to assess the level of the damage and make sure that it does not extend below the surface. Once your dentist confirms that the damage to your teeth is only on the surface you can explore porcelain veneers and crowns as potential options.
Replacing missing teeth can have a big impact on how your smile looks. In addition, replacing your missing teeth can significantly improve your quality of life by helping you function normally once again. Three of the main cosmetic procedures that can replace your missing teeth include dental implants, bridges, and dentures. The right option for your situation depends on a number of factors that you will explore with your prosthodontist.
Cosmetic dentistry offers a wide range of options if you are unhappy with some element of your smile. If you want to brighten your smile, repair damage, or replace missing teeth - schedule a time to talk to your dentist about cosmetic dentistry options that will help you reach your goals.
Julie C Berger, DDS, MA, FACP is a local Gettysburg dentist and a board certified prosthodontist specialist. She is a former full time instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.