Veneers are thin, custom-made shells crafted of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front side of teeth. They are an option for correcting stained, chipped, decayed or crooked teeth. Veneers are made by a dental technician, usually in a dental lab, working from a model provided by your dentist. Placing veneers is usually an irreversible process, because it’s necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your tooth to accommodate the shell. Your dentist may recommend that you avoid some foods and beverages that may stain or discolor your veneers such as coffee, tea or red wine. Sometimes a veneer might chip or fracture. But for many people the results are more than worth it.
If you regularly chomp on hard foods like nuts or ice cubes, grind your teeth or have a mouth piercing, you’re at a higher risk for a chipped tooth. You might feel pain, depending on how much tooth has been lost. You may also feel a rough edge when you run your tongue along it.
If this happens, see your dentist. A small chip might be able to be smoothed down. Your dentist can use a tooth-colored filling, a veneer s or crown to shape up your smile after a larger chip.
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Cosmetic bonding is a process where the dentist attaches or “bonds” materials directly to your tooth in order to change the color and shape.
A dental crown can make your tooth stronger and improve its appearance.
Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your other teeth.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may notice a difference in chewing and speaking. Dental bridges can help restore your smile.
Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases.
Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults.
Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp (soft tissue inside your teeth containing blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue) becomes inflamed or diseased.
After sealant has been applied it keeps those bits of food out and stops bacteria and acid from settling on your teeth—just like a raincoat keeps you clean and dry during a storm.
Talk to your dentist before starting any type of teeth whitening. If you are a candidate, there are three ways to put the shine back in your smile.