Smile makeovers are becoming more common than most people think. Advances in cosmetic dentistry have made is possible for dentists to create beautiful smiles that look completely natural. Denver cosmetic dentist David Redford uses high quality dental materials and effective techniques to treat tooth discoloration, misalignment issues, and missing teeth. Learn more about the treatments that can be performed to treat aesthetic problems.
While yellow and brown-toned stains that result from the use of tobacco products and dark-colored beverages such as soda, red wine, coffee, and tea are the most common, some patients have stains with a grayish hue and others have white splotches on the teeth. Gray stains are usually caused by medications such as tetracycline, and white stains may appear after wearing braces or due to excessive intake of fluoride as a child. The type of tooth stain that you have should be considered before a treatment plan is formulated. Yellow and brown stains respond best to tooth whitening; those with gray or white-toned stains may experience some improvement after teeth whitening treatment, but dental bonding or porcelain veneers generally offer better results in these cases.
Teeth that are misaligned as a result of overcrowding or spaces between the teeth can result in cosmetic concerns and oral health problems for patients. There are several treatment options that can properly align the teeth and bite; the ideal treatment will depend on the severity of the patient’s orthodontic issues. For gaps and mild crookedness, dental bonding or porcelain veneers are excellent options. For patients with moderate overcrowding, Invisalign® or traditional metal braces may be the best option. Patients with more serious alignment issues will probably require metal braces to pull the teeth into their optimal position.
Worn, Chipped, or Misshapen Teeth
The shape of the teeth has a real impact on the appearance of the smile. Patients that have naturally misshapen teeth, teeth that are different sizes, and asymmetry issues can benefit from the placement of porcelain veneers or dental bonding material to improve proportion. Similarly, for patients with teeth that have become chipped or worn over time, these treatments can be used to replace the lost tooth material and produce a more beautiful smile.
Patients that are missing teeth should seek treatment for the condition immediately to avoid the cosmetic and health problems that are common in patients who are missing teeth. The missing teeth should be replaced with a dental bridge attached to adjacent crowns, or crowns, bridges, or dentures that are secured to dental implants. It is important that patients replace their missing teeth before the underlying gum tissue and bone begins to degenerate, and the surrounding teeth drift out of position. Delaying care often results in further oral health problems that extend treatment time and increases dental costs.
For our patients in Denver, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, Invisalign®, and dental implants can enhance the appearance of the smile. To find out of you are a good candidate for these smile makeover treatments, contact University Dental Arts today.