Dental discoloration typically occurs as a result of eating and drinking certain pigmented foods and drinks, smoking, and sometimes, taking certain medications such as liquid iron preparations. While tooth discoloration caused by these factors typically responds well to professional teeth bleaching treatments, discoloration caused by enamel erosion requires different treatments. Here are some effective cosmetic dentistry treatment options for tooth discoloration caused by enamel erosion.
When your tooth enamel becomes thin as a result of acid erosion, it becomes transparent. When this happens, the dark yellow-colored dentin shows through, making your teeth appear stained. Because the teeth are not actually stained, bleaching and other cleaning methods are ineffective. On the other hand, porcelain veneers work very well. Porcelain veneers are thin coverings or jackets that are applied over the surface of your teeth to hide imperfections.
While porcelain veneers are effective in improving the appearance of teeth affected by enamel erosion, the entire process for getting them typically takes a few cosmetic dentistry appointments. Before your dentist applies the veneers to your teeth they will need to "prep" your enamel first so that the veneers attach properly to your natural teeth and so that they look natural. If your teeth are not prepared prior to the application of the veneers, they may look uneven or unusually thick.
Another effective cosmetic dentistry solution for discolored teeth caused by enamel erosion is dental crowns. Not only do dental crowns conceal imperfections of the teeth such as discoloration, chips, and cracks, but they can also enhance your dental health. When your tooth enamel gets too thin as a result of acid erosion, your teeth may become weak and susceptible to decay.
Dental crowns provide an extra layer of protection to your teeth so that cavity-causing bacteria is less likely to penetrate the teeth. Also known as "caps," dental crowns fit over your entire tooth, and like veneers, they can be made from porcelain; however, your cosmetic dentistry professional may recommend metal dental crowns. Not only will dental crowns improve the appearance of your teeth, but they may also help support the structure of your teeth when weakened by severe enamel erosion.
If your dentin is exposed resulting in tooth discoloration as a result of enamel erosion, consider the above cosmetic dentistry treatment options. With the proper cosmetic dental care, you will enjoy the benefits of dental restorations for many years to come.