Accidents happen and can result in a knocked out tooth, resulting in a need to make a trip to the emergency dentist's office. Perhaps it was one of those teeth that do not show when smiling, which can lead to considering skipping a dental visit. However, regardless of the tooth's location, it is necessary to…
How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Cover Permanent Tooth Stains
Teeth whitening treatments are commonly used in cosmetic dentistry to whiten teeth, but they are not effective on all types of stains. Discoloration caused by being overexposed to fluoride, tooth decay or tetracycline antibiotics typically do not respond to whitening treatments. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry can eliminate the appearance of stains with other treatments like crowns, veneers and composite resins. These treatments can be used to eliminate any type of stain regardless of its origin.
Cosmetic dentistry treatment used to fix stains and discoloration
Here is how dentists use cosmetic dental treatments to hide stains that cannot be improved with teeth whitening:
Veneers serve as masks that cover up to the front parts of teeth. They are tooth-shaped shells that are cemented to teeth and they can hide most stains and discoloration. The installation of veneers is a permanent procedure that requires the removal of enamel. This makes the veneers look more natural in the patient's mouth when installed.
The process of getting veneers typically requires at least two visits to the dentist. The first visit involves preparing the patient's teeth for the veneers by removing some enamel from the front surface. An impression of the teeth being treated is sent to lab technicians who make the patient's customized veneers. Patients are usually fitted with temporary veneers to protect their prepared teeth until their custom veneers are ready.
During the second appointment, the temporary veneers are removed and the patient is fitted with their custom veneers. All stains and discoloration on the patient's teeth should be hidden at this point.
Crowns can be used to hide stains and discoloration just like veneers. They are a more expensive option than veneers, but they cover up the entire tooth. People only see the crown – which looks just like a real tooth – when the patient smiles.
Dentists will typically recommend crowns as a way to fix discolored teeth when it affects the backside of the tooth as well. The installation of dental crowns requires the removal of larger portions of enamel than veneers require. A tooth that has been crowned will always need one moving forward.
3. Composite bonding
This is the least invasive way to restore the appearance of teeth with stains that are not responsive to whitening treatments. It is performed by applying composites made out of plastics and glass directly to the patient's teeth. The composite is applied in layers and it is hardened with a curing light.
Composite bonding is the most affordable way to hide stains and discoloration on a tooth. The composite used can be color-matched with the rest of the patient's teeth so the restored tooth blends right in with the rest. The entire process takes about 45 minutes per tooth being treated and it does not require the removal of any enamel.
All stains can be removed with cosmetic dentistry
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