With the current increased cultural popularity of healthier beverages like teas and juices, another cultural phenomenon is making a reappearance – stained and decaying teeth. Thank goodness for modern technology – it’s given us a great way to keep smiles bright and beautiful with porcelain veneers.
As we’ve noted in previous blog posts, many things can stain your teeth from smoking to medication to beverages such as coffee, tea, and soda pop. Trained cosmetic dentists can provide whitening treatments, but some of those stains might never be completely removable. As we age, our teeth age too, showing more and more uneven tones and discoloration. A lot of people today already know that coffee, smoking, or soda can stain teeth, but surprisingly, few think of the popular health drinks like tea also creating an issue with tooth staining.
Similarly, the mechanism for why teeth decay has been clarified through modern research. The enamel on our teeth is rather like Superman – it’s incredibly strong, but it also has a secret adversary like the Man from Krypton, which in the case of enamel is acids. Many foods are acidic and many foods cause a reaction in the bacteria in the mouth that cause acids to be produced. Juices and other healthy beverage are sometimes highly acidic or can produce those acids, so while it might be healthy for your body to drink juice drinks, you teeth could be being harmed by too much of a good thing.
With all the possible issues that can contribute to unattractive teeth, porcelain veneers are a great way to restore your smile to a youthful, more beautiful look. The nice thing about porcelain veneers is that your teeth don’t need to be drilled down to nubs or pulled like for some other restoration techniques. If decay has gone too far, there’s really little choice. If your teeth are still fairly healthy – just exhibiting stains and aging – porcelain veneers might be the perfect answer.
Contact a trained cosmetic dentist like the ones at Bedford Dental Group for help determining what the overall health of your teeth is. He or she can also help you decide what treatment or procedure would be best to achieve your smile goals.