Teeth whitening, the most popularly requested smile-boosting treatment in the United States, is excellent for patients whose teeth have unsightly stains, but what about those who need a bit more help perfecting their smile? If you haven’t kept up with the latest developments in cosmetic dentistry in Shrewsbury, MA, you may be surprised to discover that teeth whitening is just one of several treatments available to enhance the appearance of your teeth. As Dr. Todd Pizzi explains, there is virtually no aesthetic aspect of your teeth that cannot be improved upon.
Want Whiter Teeth?
Not all types of discoloration can be treated with whitening toothpaste, and in fact some are even resistant to professional teeth whitening formulas. This is often the case in patients who drink tea or coffee, and especially in those who use any form of tobacco. We also see patients whose medication has caused their teeth to appear yellowed or slightly gray. Unlike bleaching, each veneer actually covers the surface of the tooth rather than treating it. Because each layer of porcelain is so thin, your dentist can use as few or as many layers as needed to mask the underlying stains.
Mind the Gap
Some patients’ teeth are perfectly straight save for one small area. This isn’t a problem if the space in question is located near the back of your mouth, but what about when you have a prominent gap between your two front teeth? This hardly warrants orthodontic treatment. Instead, your dentist may recommend porcelain veneers as a means of subtly closing the gap to create a more complete smile.
Other patients have teeth that aren’t gapped but are slightly crooked. Many times, the teeth overlap only a little bit, in which case braces aren’t the most practical solution. By building up one or more affected teeth by adding layers of porcelain, your Shrewsbury cosmetic dentist can create the illusion of straighter, more neatly aligned teeth. Compared to the average two-year treatment time for traditional braces, you can see why veneers are so appealing.
About Your Shrewsbury Dentist
To learn more about our services, or to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors, contact our Shrewsbury, MA dentist office at (508) 842-8838. We welcome residents of Shrewsbury, Boylston, North and South Grafton, Milford, and the surrounding communities.