Damaged, crooked, and stained teeth can keep individuals from freely smiling. If you avoid smiling for photos or cover your mouth when laughing out of insecurity, it may be time to consider cosmetic dentistry. With a smile being one of the most noticeable features, it’s important that you feel happy and confident about yours.
Certain cosmetic dentistry treatments, such as porcelain veneers, can help correct a wide array of imperfections, including tooth flaws and an uneven gum line caused by gum recession. Dr. Clint Newman in Nashville, TN discusses porcelain veneers and receding gums and how you can improve your smile and self-confidence.
What Is Gum Recession?
Gums are designed to frame the teeth and make them appear straight and uniform. Over time, gums can begin to recede and make your gum line and teeth appear unbalanced and uneven. Gum recession occurs when the gums lift away from the base of the tooth and show more of the tooth than is necessary. This can be caused for any number of reasons, including:
- Teeth grinding and jaw clenching
- Gum disease
- Gum injury
- Aggressive tooth brushing
Creating a Healthy Smile
While receding gums can create an unappealing appearance, it can also lead to further gum recession and dental sensitivity. Determining the cause of your receding gums is important to preventing it from getting any worse. During your consultation, Dr. Newman or Dr. Underwood will perform a thorough examination with advanced technology to identify the root cause of your gum recession. Before improving the aesthetics of your smile, he may first recommend a gum treatment, such as scaling and root planing to create a healthy foundation.
How Porcelain Veneers Can Help
Porcelain veneers are custom designed shells designed to match the natural aesthetics of your smile and permanently bond to the front surface of teeth.
As gums recede, they can make certain teeth appear overly long. A porcelain veneer can cover the front surface of your tooth, giving it a new and improved look. Your veneers will blend seamlessly with nearby teeth. While veneers are an excellent solution for dramatically improving the appearance of your smile, they can also minimize any dental sensitivity that occurred as a result of your receding gums.
Caring for Your Smile
Once your veneers are placed, the doctor will also instruct you on how to care for your veneers, nearby teeth, and gums. Following a good oral hygiene regimen with proper brushing techniques is pertinent to maintaining the health of your smile and extending the longevity of your veneers. Tips to follow include:
- Brushing your teeth at least twice a day in a circular motion for two minutes
- Flossing daily
- Using a gentle, soft-bristled toothbrush
- Rinsing with an approved mouthwash
- Changing your toothbrush every three months
- Avoiding certain foods that could damage your veneers or irritate your gums
- Visiting the dentist for routine cleanings and examinations
Schedule Your Consultation
Creating a healthy and beautiful smile can greatly improve your self-esteem, making you feel more attractive and confident. With your veneers in place, you will notice an increased desire to smile. To learn more about porcelain veneers and receding gums, please contact our office today online or call 615-866-4258 to schedule your consultation.