Many complex aesthetic problems can be corrected with cosmetic dentistry procedures at Richmond Smile Center. Yet I find that dingy, discolored teeth are the primary concern for many patients. They simply want brighter smiles with uniform shading. My suggestion for improvement depends on the cause of discoloration, the number and location of teeth affected, and the patient?s lifestyle.
Teeth whitening ? Richmond Smile Center offers a number of in-office and at-home whitening options. These treatments are good for external stains (coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco) on all teeth, that cannot be removed with regular brushing. Zoom! and Opalescence Boost are good choices for dramatic results in about an hour. NiteWhite lightens teeth gradually with overnight use. The KöR Deep Bleaching system, a combination of in-office treatment and at home whitening, lifts even deeply-set, stubborn stains.
Veneers ? Dental veneers are thin coverings of lustrous porcelain. Veneers are appropriate when the four, six, or eight ?smile teeth? need more brightening than can be accomplished with teeth whitening. This could be the case if teeth have internal discoloration from medications, enamel damage from fluorosis, or the enamel has a naturally dark shade.
Dental bonding ? As an economical alternative to veneers, composite resin (similar to a tooth-colored filling) can be used to conceal discoloration on one or a few teeth.
Crowns ? A porcelain dental crown covers the entire visible surface of a tooth, hiding deep discoloration or an old, dark dental restoration. Until dental veneers became popular, crowns were the standard for smile enhancement in Hollywood.
Regardless of the whitening method you choose, good oral hygiene ? brushing after meals and flossing before you go to bed ? and regular professional cleanings are the best way to keep your teeth sparkling every day. Call 804-417-7203 to find out how cosmetic dentistry procedures at Richmond Smile Center can transform your smile.