An attractive smile is becoming increasingly important to people of all ages. Self-esteem, business, and personal relationships can all be adversely affected by an undesirable smile.
If the problem is simply darkened teeth, dramatic improvements can be made by bleaching the teeth with a gentle peroxide gel placed in a soft custom-fitted rubber tray for several hours a day for one to two weeks. This safely removes accumulated stains deep within the tooth in a controlled fashion.
In cases where the teeth are slightly rotated, chipped or worn, or have deep congenital or environmentally acquired darkening, porcelain veneers can be placed over the teeth to brighten and straighten the smile. These require minimal removal of tooth structure and are bonded securely over the visible surfaces of the teeth with adhesive resin.
When the problems are more involved than veneers can correct, full porcelain crowns can be placed over the teeth. A lot of people have old silver amalgam fillings in their teeth which have blackened due to corrosion and stained the teeth over time, resulting in an unsightly look when the person talks or smiles. When the old filling is relatively small, it can often be replaced with a tooth colored filling. In other cases where the tooth has been considerably weakened, a porcelain inlay or onlay is the replacement of choice. These are cemented in place and are long lasting and wear resistant.