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Cosmetic Solutions for Long Yellow Teeth

You can’t remember exactly when it started. All you know is that you’ve gradually become ashamed of your smile. Whitening toothpastes and rinses just don’t work anymore. You wonder if anything can be done.

How Did Your Teeth Get Like This?

Teeth will look longer when the gums recede from them. As your tissue pulls away, the tooth root is revealed. Unlike the bright enamel covering on the crown of your tooth, roots are dark yellow in appearance. Gingival recession thus results in making your teeth look longer and more yellow.

Years of stain and wear will also darken the hue of your teeth. The enamel layer thins out as you age and this exposes more of the yellow inner layer of your tooth.

It’s an unfortunate side-effect of aging that teeth will get darker and look longer.

Prevent Gum Recession and Staining

You might be able to slow down the recession of your gums by changing the way you brush. A soft toothbrush and gentle hand will help you keep your teeth clean without irritating your gums. Try to cut back on dark staining foods and drinks such as coffee, tea, red wine, curries, and tomato sauces.

Repair the Damage That’s Done

In spite of your best efforts, there’s little you can do to actually erase the effects of aging on your teeth. Your best options for improving your smile’s appearance include:

  • Gum reshaping and crown lengthening
  • Bonding to cover and protect exposed roots
  • Veneers to even out the color
  • Professional whitening for a deep bleaching effect

Ask your dentist for help in designing a smile makeover to rejuvenate your aged enamel.

Posted on behalf of:
Montevallo Family Dentistry
711 Wadsworth St
Montevallo, AL 35115
(205) 665-2224


Smile Contouring: Beautiful Teeth in a Day

What if you could completely revolutionize your smile in a single day? Thanks to gum contouring and dental bonding, this is possible! You could experience a total smile makeover in a single dental visit and then find a whole new caliber of confidence in your smile.

Gum Contouring Alters Your Smile

Gum contouring, or reshaping, is the minimally surgical alteration of your gum line. Are you plagued by having a “gummy” smile? Do you feel your teeth look too short? Or maybe you are dissatisfied with the uneven appearance of your gums. Contouring helps to even things out so that your teeth stand out, bright and even, and your gums are no longer front-and-center. It will also help to fill in unsightly gaps between teeth.

Dental Bonding to Complete the Look

While gum contouring essentially “lifts” the gums to give you a fuller and healthier-looking smile, you may also wish to enhance the effect by having some dental bonding done. Dental bonding is the conservative application of tooth-colored filling material on the front of your teeth. Bonding can help make your teeth themselves look longer and/or fuller and even out those that are chipped or misshapen. The gaps between teeth are minimized when teeth are smoothed out with a little bonding.

Between gum contouring and dental bonding, you could leave your dentist’s office with a totally different smile after just one appointment! If you are self-conscious of the gaps between your teeth, the shape of your teeth themselves, or the amount of gum tissue that shows when you smile, then a smile makeover could be just what you need. Schedule a consultation with your dentist and find out which combination of cosmetic procedures is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

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