Dental stains can have a negative overall impact on your smile and your self-confidence. If you have stained teeth, they can lead you to feel reluctant about smiling, laughing, and speaking around others, even your friends and loved ones. People who have professions that involve lots of public interactions may also experience professional issues caused by the flawed appearance of their smile. This is were Knoxville, TN cosmetic dentist Thomas G. Zarger, Jr., DDS can help.
Our team would like to consider the use of porcelain veneers, a versatile and popular cosmetic dentistry treatment. This staple of smile makeovers can work wonders for patients who have discolored teeth.
Causes of Dental Stains
Generally, there are two kinds of dental stains that people have to worry about:
- Extrinsic Stains - These kinds of stains are the stains that are the result of external substances in contact with the teeth. This includes everything from tobacco products, coffee, tea, beets, and tomato sauce. If it can stain a white shirt, it can also stain your smile.
- Intrinsic Stains - These kinds of stains originate from within your teeth as opposed to the surface of the teeth. This could be the result of tooth injuries, use of certain medications (e.g., tetracycline), genetics, and certain medical conditions.
How Porcelain Veneers Can Help
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are used to conceal cosmetic flaws. With a porcelain veneer in place, underlying cosmetic problems are masked from view. This allows major cosmetic flaws to be concealed and patients to smile without renewed confidence.
Porcelain Veneers or Teeth Whitening?
Both porcelain veneers and teeth whitening can effectively treat stained teeth. The nature fo the problem will determine the right approach.
For extrinsic stains, minor discoloration can be treated with teeth whitening sessions. Serious extrinsic stains that do not respond to whitening are better addressed with porcelain veneers.
For intrinsic stains, porcelain veneers are a better option. Teeth whitening treatments can only affect the outer surface of the tooth rather than the interior portions of the tooth structure. Porcelain veneers mask the entire tooth, making them ideal for these kinds of stains.
The Porcelain Veneers Procedure
To place porcelain veneers, a small amount of tooth structure must be removed from the front of the tooth. This is to accommodate the veneer and to make sure it looks natural when in place. Once the tooth is prepped, an impression is taken and sent to a dental lab where the veneer will be crafted.
When completed, the finished porcelain veneer is sent back to the practice. The cosmetic dentist checks the veneer one last time for fit and comfort before it is securely adhered in place.
The Results of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers can leave a smile looking brand new. Since they blend in seamlessly with natural tooth structure, people will not notice that you have a veneer in place. Patients are often quite satisfied by the results, and experience greater confidence thanks to the dental work they have undergone.
Contact Thomas G. Zarger, Jr., DDS
For more information about improving the appearance of your smile, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist. The team at our practice is ready to answer your questions and address your concerns. You can contact us by phone at (865) 693-7631.