Aging may be a fact of life, but that doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with wanting to look as young as you can. If you assume that means you need to get a facelift or liposuction, think again. A non-invasive cosmetic dentistry procedure such as porcelain veneers can help you look 10 to 15 years younger than your actual age. If you are tired of trying to treat your stained teeth at home or feeling embarrassed when you smile due to another issue, speak to Dr. Bahar Nia, your Buckhead cosmetic dentist, about your options in cosmetic dentistry.
Acidic Foods and Beverages Contribute to Teeth Staining
Teeth staining is a problem that develops slowly over time. One of the biggest contributing factors to this problem is the consumption of foods and beverages containing large amounts of acid. Coffee, soda, dark tea, red wine, and sports drinks leave teeth vulnerable to discoloration because the acidic properties in these drinks cause teeth to become more porous. Sodas and sports drinks cause even greater damage due to their high sugar content. The combination of acid and sugar softens the teeth and creates an ideal environment for staining.
Foods with high amounts of starch or sugar can cause your mouth to produce bacteria that turns into acid that wears away at your teeth. Some of the worst offenders include candy, chips, bread, pasta, and crackers. Unfortunately, teeth stains won’t go away on their own even when you change what you eat or drink. While that can be disappointing, the good news is that your Buckhead cosmetic dentist can eliminate the stains with dental veneers to give you a more attractive and younger-looking smile.
As Your Body Ages, So Do Your Teeth
Even when you consume a healthy diet and follow a consistent oral healthcare routine at home, it’s normal for your teeth to start taking on more of a yellow appearance as you age. The reason for this is that the outer layer of your teeth becomes thinner and allows the dentin present in deeper layers to show through. In addition, the increasing porousness of the teeth creates tiny holes that become larger as you get older. This increases the risk of new teeth stains developing or small existing stains becoming larger.
Why Porcelain Veneers from Your Buckhead Cosmetic Dentist Can Be Better Than Teeth Whitening
By the time some patients consider porcelain veneers, they may have tried whitening their teeth at home or visiting a cosmetic dentist to complete the procedure. Perhaps this describes your situation as well. While professional teeth whitening is effective, you will likely need to repeat the procedure several times. That is because it only removes stains on the surface of the teeth and not from inside of them.
When you receive porcelain veneers, your Buckhead cosmetic dentist places a thin lifelike ceramic layer over the front surface of your stained tooth to permanently change the shade and shape of the existing stained teeth. Many patients decide to place veneers on several of the front teeth to finish their smile with a seamless look and make sure all of them have the same shape and shade. This gives them a brighter and more beautiful smile while saying good bye to their significantly stained permanent teeth. Dr. Bahar Nia uses her cosmetic expertise and attention to detail to custom match the shade and shape of the dental veneers to enhance the patient’s facial features and aesthetic needs.
Non-Invasive Procedure with Little Prep Work Required
To prepare your teeth for veneers, Dr. Bahar Nia will review what reshaping needs to be done for the teeth that will be covered with veneers.
The process to prepare the patients teeth for veneers is usually a 2-3 appointment visit. Dr. Bahar Nia usually recommends for her patients to see their final restorations in a mock up smile that will mimic the shape of the final veneers in white wax. This is completed by a Master ceramist that works with Dr. Nia personally.
Compared to teeth whitening that you may need to repeat every several months, porcelain veneers can last 10 to 15 years with the proper care. We invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bahar Nia of Buckhead Cosmetic & Family Dentistry to learn if this is the right procedure to give you the younger-looking appearance you desire.