You can improve your smile with dental crowns and a teeth whitening procedure. St. Louis, MO, dentists, Drs. Joseph and Nina Zeigler, share a few details about these popular cosmetic dentistry procedures.
Versatile crowns offer many benefits
Crowns are equally effective at restoring a broken tooth as they are concealing bumps or chips. Crowns, or caps as they're commonly known, are designed to fit on top of a tooth. Because they're hollow, they slide over the tooth and are used to provide strength and stability, hide imperfections or change the shape of a tooth.
Crowns must be strong enough to resist breaking when you bite into a raw carrot, but light enough that they won't be uncomfortable. Porcelain, ceramic and resin are frequently used to create crowns because these materials are not only tough and lightweight but also resemble tooth enamel.
Dentists use crowns to treat several dental problems, including:
- Weakness: A substantial part of your tooth structure is removed when you need a large filling or a root canal. Crowns absorb biting forces, keeping your weakened tooth safe from fracturing.
- Cracks: Cracks in a tooth may look harmless, but those small lines can threaten the health of your tooth. If you don't get a crown, your tooth may break when you take a bite of a sandwich one day.
- Short Teeth: Short teeth affect your appearance and may change your bite. If you don't lengthen a short tooth with a crown, you may find it more difficult to chew and may begin to experience jaw pain, stiffness and headaches.
- Unattractive Teeth: Crowns are also used to conceal twisted, chipped, discolored or oddly shaped teeth.
Teeth whitening offers immediate results
Teeth whitening, a simple way to enhance your smile, can be completed during a one-hour appointment at our St. Louis office. Hydrogen peroxide is used to bleach stains that discolor the outer layer of your teeth. After just one whitening session, many people notice a significant improvement. In fact, your teeth may be three to eight shades brighter after your whitening session.
You can expect your teeth to stay whiter for up to five years after teeth whitening. Avoiding substances that stain teeth, such as tobacco products and darkly pigmented foods and drinks will help you keep your teeth white.
Are you interested in improving your smile with crowns or teeth whitening? Call St. Louis, MO, dentists, Drs. Joseph and Nina Zeigler at (314) 872-7590 to schedule an appointment.