Your appearance is not the most important thing about you, but it is one of the things that people notice first. You should feel confident about the way you look! Unfortunately, many individuals have a degree of self-consciousness because of the way their teeth look. How can you find the solution to common cosmetic dental problems? Here is an overview of how your dentist may be able to help with various issues:
Teeth naturally incur stains over time, usually due to the consumption of pigmented foods and beverages. Genetics, smoking, and other factors can also play a role in discoloration. If your smile is looking a little yellow or dull, you might be a candidate for a professional whitening treatment. In-office whitening usually takes around one hour and can brighten teeth by several shades. A take-home professional whitening kit can achieve similar results in just a couple of weeks.
Irregularly Shaped Teeth
Teeth may have an irregular shape due to grinding and clenching, genetics, or other factors. Depending on the details of your situation, your dentist may recommend one of the following treatments:
- Veneers. Veneersare thin pieces of porcelain that cover the outward-facing surfaces of teeth. They can hide many shape irregularities.
- Dental bonding. This service uses a composite resin to reshape teeth. At first, it looks similar to veneers. However, it is not as durable.
- Metal-free crowns. These restorations cover the entire portion of a tooth that is above the gumline. Not only do they look beautiful, but they can also strengthen and protect teeth that have been damaged by grinding or other circumstances.
Cracked, Chipped, or Broken Teeth
Cracked, chipped, and broken teeth are often more than a cosmetic issue — they can cause pain and endanger your future oral health! Usually, the best way to address such problems is by restoring the teeth with lifelike crowns or veneers. However, if a broken tooth is severely damaged, it may need to be removed. Later, it may be possible to replace the tooth with a beautiful and functional dental implant or bridge.
Other Cosmetic Issues
Problems like crooked teeth, gapped teeth, an uneven gumline, and more can all be corrected. In some cases, your general dentist may collaborate with local specialists, such as an orthodontist or periodontist, in order to help you achieve a smile that is both healthy and stunningly beautiful.
It is important to remember that most aesthetic imperfections in teeth can be corrected. Your dentist is ready to help you reach your goals!
Meet the Practice
Drs. Erick Anderson, Ken Gasper, and John Neuhaus have several decades of combined experience in the dental field. All of them enjoy the art and science involved in helping patients achieve beautiful, healthy teeth. If you are contemplating the idea of enhancing your smile, our team would love to consult with you. Contact Anderson Family Dental by ESPIRE at 719-593-0988.