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Common Dental Problems – And Unique Cosmetic Solutions

If your teeth have seen better days, you might be worried about what possible steps you can take. First of all, don’t fret about it too much. The good news is that dentistry is an accomplished profession, and there usually is a solution to any given problem. Most people have some dental problem at some point in their life, so you are by no means alone. There are many potential issues, but regardless of what you find yourself suffering from, chances are something can be done. With the right dentist and a little patience with the aftercare, a solution is always at hand. Let’s take a look at some of the most common dental problems – and their solutions.

Stained Teeth

After years of use, teeth become stained. This is nothing to be ashamed of – it happens to everybody. Even if you religiously brush your teeth twice a day, you might still have stained teeth. Of course, there are certain preventative measures. Diet is the primary consideration here. Certain consumptives such as coffee and certain fruits can stain your teeth badly. Smoking is also a clear no-no for this (and many other) reasons. If you do develop serious staining on your teeth, don’t worry. Help is at hand. Your dentist can help you by providing you with a whitening service. They will either offer an in-house option or offer a kit to take home with you. The former should only take one or two sessions while the latter may take longer. Whichever way you choose, your teeth can become white again in no time.

Wonky Teeth

Another major cosmetic dental concern is wonky teeth. To a great extent, it is unpreventable. More often than not, wonky teeth are merely the result of genetics. However, that doesn’t mean that there is nothing that can be done. If you have wonky teeth, and you would like to improve their appearance, then you have options available to you. Probably the best is to get porcelain veneers. These are ideal for repositioning your teeth and improving the general appearance of them. This is a great option for those with troublesome front teeth. If your front teeth have become misshapen, then porcelain veneers are the ideal solution.

Cracked Teeth

Cracked, or chipped teeth are a more serious concern than mere discoloration. However, it is no less common, and just as with the other issues, there are solutions. A popular solution is the use of dental bonding. This is a kind of adhesive which is matched to the colour of your teeth to keep the appearance of your teeth healthy. Bonding provides a relatively short-term solution to cracked teeth. However, they are susceptible to staining, so you need to be careful. This might be worthwhile for those with a slightly tighter budget. Again, veneers would also be a viable option here, depending on your situation. Veneers have the significant advantage of lasting much longer and being impervious to staining.