There are many possible reasons teeth dull or become discolored. Genetic factors or as symptoms of a medical condition are sometimes seen in older patients, as well as discoloration caused by certain medications. In these cases, the dulling or discoloration is often permanent, but that doesn’t mean the teeth cannot be improved. Most discoloration seen in teeth is a result of surface stains caused by food and beverages with deep pigments that stain. Smile makeover treatment options can improve nearly any discoloration.
For surface stains, professional teeth whitening, combined with professional dental cleanings, can remove a significant degree of staining in the enamel of teeth. White teeth whitening may improve the appearance of teeth, most patients do not experience Hollywood-style white teeth from whitening alone. Natural teeth come in a range of colors that can include white but generally does not include bright white seen in Hollywood and mainstream media. Discussing desired results with the cosmetic dentist could help create a treatment plan that improves patient satisfaction.
Teeth that have permanent discoloration or dulling that cannot improve from professional teeth whitening treatments may opt for porcelain veneers. With porcelain veneers, the cosmetic dentist has customized porcelain pieces made for the individual patient, ensuring a perfect fit to that patient’s teeth. The veneer pieces are carefully bonded to the fronts of teeth, usually only to the teeth visible in a wide smile. Most veneers have a lip-edge at the bottom, to protect the porcelain and reduce risk of an impact loosening the bond. The results are fast and aesthetically pleasing, leaving patients instantly satisfied with their new smile.
Porcelain veneers can also be used to improve other dental conditions for a Smile makeover. The cosmetic dentist may use porcelain veneers to repair a broken tooth or the reshape a tooth for better appearance and functioning. With conscientious at-home oral health habits, combined with regular dental checkups and professional cleanings, the results of cosmetic dentistry treatments such as professional whitening or porcelain veneers will provide lasting results.
For more information on improving smile, contact our skilled cosmetic dentistry team at 281-256-6866 today!