Correcting Common Cosmetic Dental Problems

There are many dental problems that can have a severe impact on your appearance. Understanding your options for correcting these common issues with a cosmetic dental office can prove essential to helping you to protect your appearance and the overall health of your mouth.

Gum Adjustments

The gums are often a neglected part of a person's dental health. Over time, the gums may start to grow too high or may recede. Both of these issues can present problems for your teeth and appearance. For example, receding gums will expose the lower portions and root of the tooth to decay. Gums that cover too much of the teeth can impact your appearance and trap food and tartar on the enamel, which can cause decay.

Stain Removal

Staining is one of the most routinely encountered dental problems. The stains may not pose a structural threat to your teeth, but they can present major cosmetic problems. This is particularly true for those that are unfortunate enough to have experienced severe or uneven staining, as this can be particularly noticeable. Whitening toothpaste and home-based whitening kits are the first steps people will usually take to address this problem, but a professionally administered whitening treatment can be more effective. Furthermore, there will be a lower risk of accidentally damaging the enamel of the teeth if this procedure is done by a professional.

Correcting Alignment Issues

Alignment issues can pose both cosmetic and functional problems for patients. When the teeth are not properly aligned, it can make chewing, speaking, and brushing the teeth more difficult. Braces or retainers are viable solutions for realigning the teeth. It may take many months to achieve the desired results, but you may be able to opt for clear braces and retainers to be discrete. There may be higher costs for these discreet treatment options, but this is a small price to pay for those that need to maintain their appearance for their work.

Tooth Reconstruction

When a tooth has suffered extensive damage or simply experienced a developmental problem, it may have an unusual shape. Depending on the severity of this problem, it could actually impact the neighboring teeth. This is due to the risk of the malformed tooth rubbing against them or the other teeth having to do more work when chewing to account for the malformed tooth. A reconstruction procedure will allow you to correct this problem without replacing the tooth. Layers of dental bonding will be applied to the tooth in a way that gives it the appearance of a natural tooth.