There are many imperfections that can compromise the beauty of the smile, but tooth discoloration is one of the most common. Whether a single tooth is stained or all of the teeth are discolored, yellowed teeth can impact the appearance of the smile and a person’s overall confidence.
Fortunately, we offer many cosmetic dentistry treatments at Ridgewood Dental Associates to address dental stains and discoloration. One of the most popular options for discolored teeth is porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers conceal the natural teeth and produce teeth that look straight, white, even, and healthy.
We are proud to offer porcelain veneers for discolored teeth at our Ridgewood, NJ dental practice because of the many benefits that they offer our patients.
Teeth whitening is a fast and affordable way to treat dental stains and discoloration, so why do so many patients opt for porcelain veneers? While teeth whitening treatment can improve tooth color in many situations, it cannot always provide patients with the full results they want.
Porcelain veneers are the most versatile cosmetic dentistry treatment. They can truly makeover virtually every aspect of the smile. Ideal candidates for porcelain veneers include the patients with the following concerns:
- Intrinsic or extrinsic tooth stains: Not all dental stains are the same. Some discoloration affects the outer layer of the tooth, or the enamel. Others affect the underlying layer of dentin. Porcelain veneers are one of the only cosmetic dentistry treatments that can address both types of stains.
- Dental blemishes: Porcelain veneers can also hide cosmetic flaws, including chips, cracks, fractures, or misshapen teeth.
- Minor misalignment problems: Overcrowding, gapped teeth, and crooked teeth do not always impact a patient’s oral health, but they do detract from the beauty of the smile. Porcelain veneers conceal minor misalignment problems.
The Treatment Process
Porcelain veneers can improve tooth color and conceal other dental imperfections in as little as two dental appointments. At the first dental visit, our dentists will prepare the teeth for veneers placement.
To ensure that the porcelain veneers will fit properly and blend in with any untreated teeth, we remove a thin layer of tooth enamel from the teeth that will be treated. Afterward, we take impressions of the teeth so that we can fabricate a set of veneers.
Finally, we plan all aesthetic aspects of the veneers, including size, shape, and color. We carefully design each set of veneers so that they will provide patients with the white, straight, even teeth they desire.
In a matter of weeks, the patient’s porcelain veneers will be complete and they can return for the placement procedure. First, we will test the fit to ensure that the veneers sit comfortably and look natural. If necessary, minor adjustments can be made.
When we are satisfied with the fit, a strong dental compound will be used to cement the veneers into place. Once bonded to the teeth, porcelain veneers are extremely durable and should withstand years of regular dental wear and tear. Porcelain veneers are also resistant to stains, so patients should be able to maintain the bright, white smile that veneers provide.
If you want to improve the color of your teeth and wonder if porcelain veneers are right for you, contact us at your earliest convenience. Call Ridgewood Dental Associates at (201) 652-2474 to learn more about this cosmetic dentistry treatment.