Due to a childhood disease and the medication that I took for it, some of the tooth enamel on my front teeth eroded. Also, the color of my teeth is not uniform. I am 27 now, and the older I get, the more self-conscious I become. Some friends have encouraged me to try teeth whitening, but I am not a risk-taker. If I do something to make my teeth look worse, I will become even more socially distant than I am now because of my teeth. Are there any cosmetic treatments for eroded tooth enamel? Thank you. Emilia from Santa Clara, CA
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How Can You Get Eroded Tooth Enamel Fixed?
A skilled cosmetic dentist can restore your teeth from eroded tooth enamel with dental bonding, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, or a combination of treatments. Each patient’s case is different, so after a comprehensive examination and x-rays, a cosmetic dentist will explain your treatment options.
What Determines Your Treatment for Eroded Tooth Enamel?
The treatment for tooth enamel may be dental bonding, porcelain veneer, or dental crowns, depending on the condition and position of each affected tooth.
Consider the uses of each treatment:
- Direct composite bonding – A skilled cosmetic dentist may use dental bonding to address mild enamel erosion. After removing the discoloration, the dentist will blend the composite and apply it to the affected areas.
- Porcelain veneers – Severe enamel erosion that only affects the fronts of your teeth requires porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are suitable only for front teeth. An expert cosmetic dentist can conservatively prepare your teeth, take impressions of them, and work with a master ceramist to make custom, natural-looking veneers.
- Dental crowns – When enamel erosion affects the backs of your teeth, closest to your tongue, dental crowns are the best way to restore your teeth. A crown covers the entire tooth and will protect weak tooth enamel from decay.
Consult with an Accredited Cosmetic Dentist for Enamel Erosion
Regardless of the extent of enamel erosion on your teeth, we recommend scheduling a consultation with an accredited cosmetic dentist. Even mild cases requiring dental bonding need a cosmetic dentist for natural-looking results. Most general dentists lack an inventory of shades of composites and other materials needed to restore your teeth beautifully.
You can look forward to a beautiful smile and increased self-esteem after a cosmetic dentist restores your teeth.
Baton Rouge accredited cosmetic dentist Dr. Steven Brooksher sponsors this post.