It’s December, and the holiday season is here. But did you know some of the drinks you spread cheer with during the holidays stain your teeth? Keep reading to learn what you need to know to keep your smile bright.
If you aren’t happy with your smile, your life is affected in ways that aren’t always immediately obvious. For example, when you feel self-conscious about your smile, you may seem guarded when you first meet people.
Self-consciousness can also affect your confidence, and that can have unexpected effects on many areas of your life. If you don’t feel confident, you may not pursue the promotion at work you deserve, or you might not enjoy as full a social life as you’d prefer. Confidence in how you look — and especially in your smile — is a critical part of how you present yourself to the world.
If your teeth are damaged, stained, or otherwise unsightly, you’re aware of it. You may notice other people looking at them, or simply feel self-conscious about smiling. Either way, damaged teeth can definitely damage your self-esteem.
If you’ve been thinking the only solution for your damaged teeth is to have them pulled, you may want to learn a little about the uses and benefits of dental crowns. Crowns are used to strengthen weakened teeth and also to restore smiles if you have damaged teeth.
There are different ways that our dentists at The Dental Studio use crowns. For example, if you have a large filling, and there’s not enough tooth left to hold the filling, We may use a crown to secure the filling. We also use crowns to protect weak teeth or to correct a tooth that’s already broken.
A crown is a prosthetic device that functions like a tooth. A crown can work like a cap for your natural tooth, or it can be attached to a rod that is inserted into your jawbone — otherwise known as an implant. We also use crowns with bridges to fill the space where one or more teeth are missing.
Depending on the location of your crown, among other concerns, your crown may be constructed of various materials. Temporary crowns are often made of stainless steel.
Other materials that can be used for crowns include gold, or other metals, porcelain over metal, resin, or ceramic. The most appropriate material depends on several factors, including your preferences. Porcelain is the material that most resembles natural teeth.
If you have a damaged, cracked, chipped, or stained tooth, we can use a crown to cover it. A crown can reshape the appearance of your tooth. In this case, we cement crowns to your natural teeth, so they are permanent and aren’t like dentures.
You don’t have to worry about having one weird looking tooth, either. Your dentist at The Dental Studio carefully makes sure your smile looks as it should, matching the color of your crown to that of your other teeth if you choose porcelain or ceramic.
If you’d like to learn more about crowns and find out if they could be the solution to your smile woes, book an appointment with us at The Dental Studio. We have two locations, and you can use our online booking tool or call to make an appointment at the location most convenient for you.
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