A less than perfect smile can really affect a person’s self esteem and confidence. Dull, discolored teeth; teeth that are chipped or cracked, or even teeth that are missing can all wreak havoc on a smile’s appearance. However, through a range of cosmetic dentistry treatments designed to tackle smile imperfections, these problems can be addressed and a brilliant smile recreated.
Teeth can be badly discolored through daily life as a result of the foods and drinks we consume. Smoking tobacco can also lead to tooth discoloration, and unfortunately there are times when teeth become so discolored that conventional tooth whitening treatments won’t suffice. Medicines such as tetracyclines can also discolor teeth beyond the limits of tooth whitening.
Porcelain veneers can be used in cosmetic dentistry to conceal excessive discoloration. Veneers are thin shells that are affixed over the teeth by a dentist in order to restore a more natural appearance to teeth. Semi-translucent, veneers allow light to be reflected off the enamel to provide a natural finish. Veneers can also be used to close gaps between teeth, or to make misaligned or crowded teeth to appear longer and straighter than before.
Where tooth enamel has been chipped or cracked, veneers can also be used as a concealment aid, depending on the severity of the damage. For extensive damage, dental crowns may be used as an alternative. Dental crowns encapsulate the entire tooth, improving its appearance while helping to hold the underlying tooth together. Again, a natural finish can be attained by shaping and shading the dental crown to match the remainder of the patient’s teeth.
Many people have silver amalgam fillings in their teeth. These can be unsightly, especially when there are numerous fillings. Tooth-colored fillings allow for a more natural appearance, and a dentist can even replace silver amalgam fillings with tooth-colored alternatives to improve appearance.
Dental implants can be used by a dentist to restore the function of lost or missing teeth. Using titanium as a tooth root replacement, and affixing a dental crown, the dentist can recreate a perfect smile that can last a lifetime.
Smile imperfections needn’t be an issue anymore; with a range of cosmetic dentistry options available, a brilliant, natural looking smile can be easily achieved. Contact our team at Withers Dentistry to learn more about your treatment options.