Posted on: 11 December 2017
People with cosmetic dental problems may not know what to do to improve the look of their teeth, especially if the teeth display more than one issue.
Dental discoloration from dark-colored foods and beverages can be whitened by chemical bleaches. Crooked teeth can be aligned by braces or plastic aligning trays. However, in instances where the teeth suffer from multiple blemishes at once, a dental patient may not want to undergo multiple procedures to improve the look of the teeth.
Here are a few applications that be used for multiple simultaneous corrections:
Porcelain Dental Veneers
Porcelain dental veneers are slender, tooth-shaped bits of ceramic material that are applied to the front of the teeth. Before the veneers are applied, the teeth are prepared for the installation.
A small amount of enamel is removed from the teeth during their preparation. The removal of the enamel allows the veneers to look natural on the teeth. Since the veneers are considered permanent, the altered teeth should remain covered for the rest of the patient's life.
Still, there are instances in which the dental veneers may require replacement. Each veneer should sit flush with the gumline, but as a person grows older, the gums may recede. As a result, a gap may form between the gums and the tops of the veneers. In order to maintain the natural look of the cosmetic correction, new, longer veneers may need to be placed.
Since veneers are applied to the side of the teeth that is normally displayed when a person laughs, speaks, or smiles, they conceal the visible imperfections of the covered teeth. If a tooth is discolored, the whiteness of the veneer makes it appear stain-free. Teeth that are misshapen appear uniform. Even gaps and alignment issues are concealed.
Crowns that are made of porcelain can also transform the look of the teeth. Each crown surrounds and covers the entire portion of the tooth that rests above the gumline. A crown can conceal a chip, crack, or other dental irregularity.
Since the crowns are made of porcelain, if some of the natural teeth are blemish-free, the color of the crowns can be matched to the color of the exposed natural teeth. As a result, the crown-based restoration looks natural, even if only a few crowns are used.
For more information about cosmetic dental applications, schedule an appointment with a cosmetic dentistry office in your local area.Share