We all want white and sparkly teeth. Sadly, not all of us are blessed with good genes. We see local and international celebrities on t.v. and we long to have their pearly whites.
The truth is that not all of those pearly whites are God-given. In most cases, these were created by a skilled dentist. But before we discuss that, let us talk about the reason most of us have yellowish or discolored teeth.
Why We Have Yellowish or Discolored Dentition
Discolored dentition may be caused by many factors. One of the most important factors is heredity. Some individuals have a thinner enamel layer than others. Enamel is the outermost layer of the crown and provides the tooth with a pearly white color. If a person has parents or grandparents with weak enamel, he or she may be born with the same condition.
Another factor to consider would be staining. Certain types of highly-pigmented food and drinks may lead to staining. Excessive consumption of cofee, tea, red wine, tomatoes and even blueberries can lead to discolored teeth. Please note that these minor stains may be removed with a good dose of in-office tooth whitening treatments. However, in cases of tetracycline-induced discoloration and other types of major staining, it would be best to consider another option.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are wafer-thin shells that are customized by a dentist or lab technician. These are used as onlays, covering discolored or fractured teeth. This process requires the dentist to remove a thin layer of the enamel to make way for the "shell." The process is done in such a way that there is no downtime and discomfort. However, please keep in mind that patients usually have to come back after one to 2 weeks for the finished product. Temporary veneers are put in place to avoid any loss of self-esteem and embarrassment while the final veneers are being made.
A skilled dentist or technician will be able to mimic the hue and shade of the rest of the dentition. This procedure may be paired with a few tooth whitening treatments to lighten the shade of the natural teeth, unless a patient decides to have all his or her teeth capped.
Veneers in the Philippine Setting
Patients who opt for this procedure are usually celebrities, politicians and beauty queens. However, many dentists offer affordable rates for this cosmetic procedure. Hence, more people are able to afford this type of treatment. These days, more new-grads and college students are getting veneers done to give them an edge when they join the workforce. Pearly white dentition is a dream that is becoming quite attainable these days.
If you want to boost your self-confidence, consult a skilled dental expert today!
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