It’s natural to want to find a quick fix for a cosmetic problem, especially when it comes to tooth stains. Certainly, there is no shortage of products that promise to brighten up your smile. Making a permanent change to tooth enamel, however, requires the practiced hand of an experienced NYC cosmetic dentist and just the right smile upgrades.
Depending on the nature of your tooth stains and discoloration, there are four treatments that might work to brighten up your smile.
1. Teeth Whitening
The obvious choice for eliminating tooth stains is with professional teeth whitening. Whether done in your Midtown dentist’s office or using customized take-home whitening kits, the bleaching products used by your dentist are powerful enough to break through major discoloration and make teeth multiple shades whiter.
It is necessary, of course, to have the kind of teeth that can be whitened. Some patients are dealing with discolored enamel that is naturally yellow or stained by antibiotics, and teeth like that will not be affected by whitening treatments. There are, however, other cosmetic dentistry treatments that can make a major difference.
2. Porcelain Veneers
Badly stained teeth that are beyond teeth whitening but are otherwise healthy can nearly always be improved with porcelain veneers. Carefully constructed in shape, size, color, length, and width, veneers are designed for every patient so they look natural and blend perfectly with your mouth shape, face shape skin color, and even gender and age.
Tooth stains are easily concealed by the super-thin veneers, whether you opt for traditional veneers, microthin veneers, prepless veneers, or otherwise. Any other imperfections are covered up too for a versatile and all-encompassing smile makeover procedure.
3. Tooth Bonding
Quick, easy, and non-invasive, tooth bonding can fix all manner of dental sins in just one visit to your cosmetic dentist. Tooth-colored composite resin is carefully prepared and applied to the stained tooth to cover up its flaws and ensure that it blends into the rest of your teeth again. With proper care and regular visits to your dentist, bonding can last for years.
4. Porcelain Crowns
If a tooth is heavily stained and has other shortcomings, like being cracked, chipped, or misshapen, a porcelain crown may be used to cover up all the problems. Also known as caps, crowns are customized to the patient in size, shape, and color, so they fit right over the tooth in question, making it stronger while also making it look better and function better.
Crowns are often used to cover up severely stained teeth that don’t respond to other cosmetic dentistry treatments.
Upgrade Your Smile
If there is a feature of your smile or even just a characteristic of one tooth that is bothering you and making you self-conscious, there are always ways to fix the problem. Cosmetic dentistry makes it possible for everyone to have a smile they love and are proud to show off. Rely on the expertise of Manhattan cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael J. Wei to get rid of your tooth stains. Schedule your consultation at his Midtown Manhattan office, or submit a Smile Virtual request online from the comfort of your home.