Cracked, missing, and stained teeth are some of the most common signs of an aging smile. Years of everyday use through eating and drinking, and habits such as drinking coffee and red wine or smoking, will stain teeth and eat away at your enamel. Without proper dental hygiene and regular checkups, many seniors experience increased instances of tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth damage or loss.
To keep your smile looking youthful and healthy, consult with your dentist about cosmetic dentistry options. Treatments including tooth whitening, dental veneers, and crowns can reverse the signs of aging. Below we’ll discuss how dentists use cosmetic procedures to turn back time and give your smile a more youthful appearance:
Smoking and certain foods and drinks lead to permanent staining. A cosmetic dentist can restore your smile’s brightness with professional whitening. Professional whitening will get your teeth several shades lighter more quickly and effectively than over-the-counter kits. Patients looking for quicker results may want to consider in-office treatments. There are also at-home whitening treatments, which involve a customized tray and prescription strength whitening gel.
Porcelain veneers can give your smile a complete makeover. This treatment is used to correct irregularities such as gaps between teeth and uneven or stained teeth. Veneers are thin sections of porcelain the dentist will bond to your tooth to recreate the natural contour and color of your smile. The porcelain will not stain, and it is even stronger than your regular tooth enamel. Porcelain veneers will give you a bright, flawless smile for years to come!
Teeth that are worn down, missing enamel, or cracked will affect the health of surrounding teeth and your entire smile. To bring back the function and beauty of your damaged tooth, a cosmetic dentist can apply a porcelain crown. A crown rebuilds the entire structure of the damaged tooth to restore functionality and create a more beautiful smile.
To learn more about the right cosmetic dentistry options for you, contact the office of John Carson DDS in Tucson. Call (520) 514-7203 to schedule an appointment today.