You love your smile. That’s why you’re so upset about the fact that’s it’s not 100 percent perfect. Thankfully, cosmetic dentistry can fix most tooth problems. Of course, if you have an actual health problem that’s causing your teeth to stain, chip, crack, or fall out, you should address that first. But, sometimes, there are problems that only a cosmetic dentist can fix.
When your teeth just won’t lighten the way you want them to, try teeth whitening. Procedures are out-patient, and only take a few hours to complete. You can try to do this at home, but it’s never as good as what you’ll get at the dentist’s office. First of all, dentists are experts at this. They have the know-how and experience to apply the whitener properly and get good coverage.
Secondly, they have tools and products that are only available to licensed dentists. When you walk out of the dentist’s office, you’ll end up with a movie-star smile. That’s the good news. Now for the bad part.
Many whitening products and procedures, even those sold by dentists contain harsh chemicals in them. The whitening process actually scratches the glass-like outer surface of your teeth. This outer layer is what protects you from bacteria and their acidic waste products.
The damaged tooth surface will re-stain quickly, requiring you to get further treatments. Unfortunately, it’s a never-ending cycle. If you look at natural teeth, they’re never white-white. The dentin, the material below the enamel, is actually yellowish in color. While it might not be the most appealing to look at, it is what it is.
Fortunately, a strong enamel and glass-like layer reflects light so that your teeth will look pretty white when they’re clean. The secret to a bright smile lies in diet. Don’t eat foods that stain your teeth. Lay off the sugar. Lay off the grains, as the starch feeds the oral bacteria and the high omega 6 in most grain products contributes to inflammation. Also, eat a mineral-rich diet.
Your saliva is what helps remineralize your teeth. The higher the mineral content in your saliva, the stronger, brighter, and whiter your teeth will be.
Aside from good diet, brush your teeth regularly, and use xylitol mouthwashes if you want a brighter smile.
Bonding might help cosmetically, if your teeth look like they have excess space between them or if they’re chipped, broken, stained or cracked. Any qualified dentist can tell you if bonding is an appropriate solution for your problem. Sometimes, the answer is bonding, but sometimes, braces are the way to go.
Veneers are covers for teeth that help hide improper tooth spacing, stains, and chips as well as poorly-formed teeth or teeth that are slightly crooked.
A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers damaged, stained, or malformed teeth. They’re typically more expensive than veneers, but they can restore shape and strength to anything that’s damaged in there. Because the process is expensive, and it’s a time-intensive procedure, not all dentists will recommend it. But, sometimes, it’s the best solution.