Common Cosmetic Dental Problems

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Cosmetic dentistry can fix virtually any problem you may have with your teeth, gums, and bite. The most common cosmetic dental problems include:

Discolored, Stained, Aged Looking Teeth

Teeth begin to naturally darken with age. Over time, stains from coffee, tea, wine, colas, and tobacco begin to accumulate and that white, luminous color fades. With today’s modern tooth whitening treatments, such as Zoom!2® Tooth Whitening, your teeth will look whiter and brighter. This can appear to take years off of your smile and improve your overall appearance.

Chipped, Jagged or Cracked Teeth

Minor surface damage like cracks and chips can be fixed through dental bonding. By applying a tooth-colored bonding material to your teeth, our dental team can make those imperfections disappear.

Depending on your dental preferences, the severity of your condition, and which part of your mouth is problematic, you can also opt for porcelain veneers and/or porcelain inlays and onlays to improve your smile.

Crooked or Misaligned Teeth

With advancements in cosmetic dentistry, you no longer have to spend years wearing metal braces in order for your crooked teeth to move into their ideal position. Today, you can straighten your teeth invisibly with Invisalign®.

This breakthrough in orthodontics corrects your misaligned teeth by using a series of clear, custom made, removable aligners. You can also choose to have your crooked teeth appear instantly straight with porcelain veneers.

Gaps between Your Teeth

Porcelain veneers and dental bonding procedures can eliminate the appearance of a gap. If you want to move your teeth closer together, Invisalign® and orthodontics can accomplish this.

Severely Cracked or Fractured Teeth

If your tooth is severely damaged or fractured and an inlay or onlay is no longer an option, your tooth can be covered with a dental crown. Acting as a cap for your tooth, a crown stabilizes badly damaged teeth and can be made out of a porcelain or ceramic material to replicate the look of your natural tooth.

Missing or Damaged Teeth

Aside from being unattractive, missing and damaged teeth can cause serious oral problems. If you lose a tooth, the whole structure of your mouth can change, as the teeth around the space begin to shift. This can hinder your ability to chew and can also lead to periodontal problems.

Porcelain crowns are ideal when damage is done to the visible part of your tooth. Porcelain inlays and onlays are a good choice if some of your visible tooth can be saved. Dental implants and implant-supported dental bridges are modern, permanent solutions. Removable full and partial dentures are also viable options.

Jaw Pain, Soreness, or Stiffness

The temporomandibular joint is the joint where the jawbone meets the skull. When this joint is misaligned or is stressed by other causes such as teeth grinding, it can result in temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD). Characterized by headaches, jaw pain, and ear pain, TMD can be relieved through orthodontics, bite appliances, and joint-relaxation therapy.

If you have always wanted a dazzling smile that turns heads, please contact Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville today by calling (908) 221-1188 or completing the appointment request form. Dr. Patti Swaintek-Lamb is a qualified dentist who can fix an array of dental problems. Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville serves patients from Bernardsville, Morristown, Basking Ridge, Mendham, Chester, Far Hills, and surrounding areas in New Jersey.

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