A smile completes your look and also gives your confidence. But, when you have stained, misshapen, missing, cracked, chipped teeth, or spaces in between, it could damage your smile and damper your confidence. Fixing these problems is vital to your oral health and appearance. Fortunately, five ways can fix these problems and improve your smile.
- Bleach Your Teeth
Teeth discoloration is inevitable because of factors like age and medication. However, our lifestyle also contributes to the problem. Teeth stains are either intrinsic and extrinsic. The intrinsic or internal stains affect the inner layer of the teeth (dentin) and cause it to darken. Furthermore, as we age the enamel begins to wear out, exposing the dentin, which is yellow or brown.
Extrinsic stains affect the enamel and develop due to lifestyle factors like smoking. Eating staining foods like wine and coffee constantly can also cause the enamel to darken.
With teeth whitening, however, you can bleach your teeth and remove the stains. You can either choose the commercial teeth whitening or in-office/professional whitening treatment. We recommend the professional whitening treatment because our dentist in 77584 will protect the gums from bruising and ensure the treatment is safe.
- Cover the Cracks and Chips
Teeth can crack or chip after biting hard objects or when you come in direct contact with a blunt object. Cracked teeth are not only unsightly, but they trap food. This provides the perfect environment for bacteria to fester and increase your risk for decay.
Dental bonding is an effective solution for the cracked and chipped teeth. Bonding is a fast and painless procedure that lasts for 30 to 45 minutes. Our dentist in Pearland, TX, will apply a resin material to the cracked teeth and harden them with a special light.
If the cracks are too large, then the veneers can be used to cover them.
- Remove Cavities
Teeth cavities develop due to bacterial infection in the mouth. As the bacteria multiply, they wear out the enamel and cause tiny dark holes. Removing cavities is crucial to your dental health. We offer several treatments that can help you remove decay and stop the spread.
If you have mild decay, the dentist will remove it and replace it with dental fillings. These come in several materials, such as gold, porcelain, and ceramic materials.
As the decay advances, then other treatments, like a root canal can be used to remove the infected pulp and stop the spread of infection.
Severely damaged teeth may need to be removed through extraction. This helps to preserve the integrity of the rest of the teeth.
- Restore Missing Teeth
Missing teeth not only affect your smile but also damages your dental structure. Having missing teeth for extended periods will cause the teeth to shift to the surrounding teeth. The supporting bone can also start to disintegrate, further weakening the teeth. Replacing your teeth early enough can stop bone loss.
Dental bridges are one of the commonly used treatments for replacing your teeth. Bridges come with two crowns that are placed on the adjacent teeth. The dentist will first reshape the teeth to make room for the crowns. Dental bridges can last for 15 years with proper care.
If you are looking for a long-lasting treatment, then dental implants offer the perfect solution. These are metal screws that are fixed on the jaw bone to support the artificial tooth. Implants are effective and help to prevent bone loss. However, for our Pearland dentist to fix them, you need sufficient bone support and have a healthy lifestyle, meaning you don’t smoke.
- Strengthen Weak Teeth
Your teeth can get weak and worn out because of factors like bruxism. However, you can strengthen them with treatments like veneers and crowns. Dental veneers are thin shells that are fixed on the enamel.
Dental crowns encase the entire tooth to improve the appearance of the tooth. They help to strengthen the teeth and also correct oddly shaped teeth.