Common Cosmetic Problems

common cosmetic problems

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Seeing beautiful smiles in the media has become commonplace but, in reality, very few people naturally have near-perfect smiles. The vast majority of people who have seemingly flawless smiles have improved their natural teeth through the techniques and expertise of cosmetic dentistry.

Using advanced techniques, state-of-the-art technology, and beautiful materials, cosmetic dentistry is geared to improve the appearance of the teeth and smile. Many cosmetic dental procedures also improve the function of teeth by realigning the bite, making eating and chewing more comfortable.

Let’s take a look at some common cosmetic issues that patients report, and how your Greeneville cosmetic dentists at Tusculum Dental Care can correct them.

Stains and Discoloration

Discoloration of teeth can range from mild stains to deep, intrinsic stains from within the tooth itself. Existing at the mild end is the yellowing or dullness that occurs as a natural part of the aging process. Stains and discoloration also can develop based on consumption of foods and drinks such as coffee, tea, and red wine, as well as tobacco use.

How cosmetic dentistry can help: Arguably the most popular type of treatment in all of cosmetic dentistry, a teeth whitening procedure is a cost-effective and convenient procedure that can be completed in less than an hour. Our teeth whitening treatments in Greeneville at Tusculum Dental Care use a higher concentration of whitening gel than any over-the-counter product, yielding brighter teeth that last longer, and without causing enhanced sensitivity in teeth—an often-reported consequence of store-bought teeth whitening kits.

Crooked Teeth

Do you have teeth that are crooked? In addition to raising the risk of certain oral health problems later in life such as malocclusion (also known as a misaligned or bad bite), living with crooked teeth can make you less confident and more self-conscious. Plus, crooked teeth prove more difficult to keep clean.

How cosmetic dentistry can help: In addition to providing orthodontic treatment with braces or Invisalign, your Greeneville cosmetic dentist can give you straighter-looking teeth by installing a set of veneers. Tusculum Dental Care offers porcelain veneers, as well as the revolutionary DuraThin veneers to permanently hide any imperfections in your teeth. 

Gapped Teeth

An unwanted gap between teeth can make you self-conscious about your smile, and become a potential breeding ground for plaque and bacteria, the building blocks of tooth decay and gum disease. 

How cosmetic dentistry can help: Veneers can be used to conceal the gap. Tusculum Dental Care also can cover the gap with a cosmetic bonding treatment—one of the most cost-effective and versatile treatments in cosmetic dentistry. 

Missing Teeth

Living with a lost tooth leaves a gap in your smile, also impeding your ability to eat and chew, and potentially compromising your long-term oral health.

How cosmetic dentistry can help: Tusculum Dental Care can replace a lost tooth with a bridge or, for a permanent tooth replacement that also safeguards against the deterioration of the supporting bone structure, a dental implant. Multiple lost teeth can be replaced with dentures or, for patients who have suffered significant tooth loss, your Greeneville implant dentists can replace an entire dental arch of teeth through the All-on-4 implant system.

Chipped or Broken Teeth

A broken tooth could cause significant discomfort, especially if the nerves become exposed. Damage to your gums, supporting bone structure and even the surrounding teeth also may occur.

How cosmetic dentistry can help: For minor chips and fractures, cosmetic treatments such as cosmetic bonding or veneers are the best choices. If a tooth has sustained serious damage due to injury or tooth decay, Tusculum Dental Care can install a crown that replaces the entire exterior of the tooth, protecting its valuable interior structure.

Misshapen Teeth

Do you have one tooth that is noticeably shorter than the other, or teeth of different shapes or sizes? If not addressed, these unevenly sized teeth can lead to bite misalignment, which also can cause oral health issues such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), an ailment that often causes debilitating pain for its sufferers.

How cosmetic dentistry can help: Much like crookedness, the appearance of unevenly sized teeth can be improved through treatments such as cosmetic bonding or veneers. If you have several unevenly sized teeth, you may need a full set of veneers to correct the problem.

Uneven Gums

Are your gums resting too high or too low on your teeth? This can create what is known as a gummy smile, which can make your teeth look disproportionate.

How cosmetic dentistry can help: If you are unhappy with the appearance of your gums, Tusculum Dental Care can perform laser gum recontouring. Using a precise dental laser, your gum line can be reshaped with minimal bleeding, discomfort, or risk of infection—with better results and in a fraction of the time compared to traditional gum surgery with a scalpel.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Greeneville

A beautiful smile is more attainable than you might think. To learn more about the cosmetic dentistry services offered at Tusculum Dental Care, call our office at (423) 639-7575 to schedule a consultation.

Tusculum Dental Care is proud to offer comprehensive services for people in the areas of Greeneville, Jonesborough, and Erwin, Tennessee.