Posts for: February, 2019
Is your smile picture perfect? Dullness, imperfections, damage and missing teeth can affect your smile and your self-esteem. Luckily, cosmetic dentistry procedures offered by your Centralia, WA, dentists, Dr. Steven Ash and Dr. Brian Roberts can protect and enhance your smile.
Brighten your smile
Teeth tend to become duller as the years go by. Natural changes due to aging are to blame for some of the dullness, but they're not the only cause. Anything you eat, drink or smoke may give your teeth an unattractive yellow tint. Darkly pigmented foods and beverages, such as berries, soy sauce, cola, tea, coffee and wine, deposit stain-causing pigments inside tiny pores in your tooth enamel.
Teeth whitening treatments brighten your teeth and remove pigments in your enamel by safely breaking them apart with hydrogen peroxide gel.
If you're looking for a longer-term whitening option, you may want to consider dental veneers. Veneers are thin porcelain shells that only cover the front surfaces of your teeth. When you visit your Centralia dentist's office, you'll pick the perfect shade of white for your smile.
Repair or prevent damage
Do you have a broken tooth or a large chip? Adding a crown to your tooth will repair the damaged area and improve the appearance of your tooth. Crowns completely encase teeth and are made of porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic or resin. The restorations can also prevent fragile teeth from breaking. Teeth can become fragile after dental work, such as large fillings or root canal therapy, or may become weaker with age.
Bonding may be an option if you have a small chip or crack in your tooth or a cavity. Your dentist adds flexible, tooth-colored composite resin to your tooth, then bonds it with a curing light.
Improve your appearance
Both crowns and dental veneers can cover discolorations, hide flaws and change the shape and length of your teeth. Veneers and bonding can also close gaps between your teeth. Your dentist also offers several options to restore your smile if missing teeth are a problem. Bridges, dental implants, dentures and implant-supported dentures fill the gaps in your smile and improve your ability to chew and bite.
Could you benefit from a cosmetic dentistry treatment? Call your Centralia, WA, dentists, Dr. Steven Ash and Dr. Brian Roberts at (360) 736-8380 to schedule an appointment.