Critical to maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile is the overall shape and appearance of your individual teeth. Unfortunately, your teeth can begin to lose their youthful proportions and look aged, even if you’re still in your twenties and thirties. Characteristics commonly associated with “aged” teeth often include a short, worn, or small appearance, which may or may not be exacerbated by yellowing and discoloration of the enamel. There are numerous factors that can contribute to older-looking teeth, including:
- Teeth clenching and grinding: Clenching or grinding, which often occurs unintentionally in times of stress or while asleep, can wear down your teeth and eventually culminate in a small or short appearance.
- Smoking and dietary choices: It’s no secret that tobacco use and smoking in general can significantly stain the teeth and accelerate the discoloration of your enamel.
- Lackluster dental hygiene: Without frequent brushing and flossing, bacteria and plaque can build up in the mouth — not only impacting your smile, but also compromising your oral health.
- Certain diseases and medications: There are specific medications and treatments — such as tetracycline and chemotherapy, respectively — that can cause a patient to be at a higher risk of discolored teeth.
- Erosion of the enamel, revealing the yellow core of the tooth — known as the “dentin”: Abrasion of the natural tooth enamel, sometimes caused by diseases or DIY teeth whitening methods, can reveal the porous, soft center of a tooth. Known as the dentin, this area is naturally yellow and can be more evident as the enamel wears down.
While seeing your smile change can be frustrating, our skilled cosmetic dentist can rejuvenate your teeth with simple in-office treatments, such as teeth whitening and porcelain veneers. Professional teeth bleaching can lighten the shade of your enamel by up to six to eight shades, also addressing internal discoloration within the dentin. Best of all, results can be visible immediately and the appointment often takes less than an hour. On the other hand, porcelain veneers can mask short or worn teeth by bonding a thin shell of dental porcelain to the front of the enamel. Dr. Mark Griffiths would be happy to evaluate your concerns and suggest an appropriate treatment based on your overall goals.
Questions? Please contact Griffiths Smiles to learn more about our cosmetic dentistry services or to schedule a consultation.