Common Cosmetic Dental Problems

When it comes to your smile, no cosmetic concern is ever “common.” Patients often visit John Schmid, DDS, with similar complaints, but the cosmetic dentistry solutions he recommends are never one-size-fits-all.

The way aesthetic imperfections impact your comfort, self-confidence, and the function of your teeth is entirely unique. At Contemporary Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Schmid and his team are committed to providing treatment options tailored specifically to the smile you want to achieve.

During your free consultation, Dr. Schmid will evaluate your teeth, gums, and bite and recommend custom cosmetic treatment options. Please call Contemporary Cosmetic Dentistry at 512-329-5967 today for service in Austin, Round Rock, Bee Cave, Lakeway, and nearby areas of Texas.

Cosmetic Problems Affecting the Teeth

Many patients feel self-conscious about their smiles due to issues such as:

  • Chips or cracks in the teeth
  • Teeth that are broken or worn
  • Unevenly shaped or sized teeth
  • Teeth that are crooked or awkwardly positioned
  • Gaps or spaces between the teeth
  • Severe discoloration both on and in between the teeth
  • Missing teeth

Beautiful teeth aren’t the only factor in a perfect smile. The teeth and gum tissue should be balanced. When it isn’t, you may experience an uneven gum line or a “gummy smile” where the teeth are overshadowed by excess gum tissue.

Dated and Unsightly Restorations

In the past, dental restorations weren’t built for aesthetics. As a result, many patients visit Dr. Schmid to learn about replacement options for dental crowns, bridges, fillings, veneers, and more.

What Causes Tooth Discoloration?

Tooth discoloration is incredibly common. It can happen for many different reasons. Some stains are extrinsic and affect the surface of the tooth. These stains are caused by pigmented foods and beverages such as red sauces, chocolate, tea, and coffee as well as regular tobacco use. 

Intrinsic stains are located deeper inside the tooth. Discoloration in this category can look gray and result from things such as medications, injury, decay, genetics, and too much fluoride.

Aging can also cause tooth discoloration. Your enamel wears away over time and this leads to a yellow appearance. Stains related to aging can be related to both extrinsic and intrinsic factors. 

How Often Should You Visit Your Cosmetic Dentist?

It’s ideal to find a cosmetic dentist who also offers general and restorative services. That way, you can visit them twice a year to keep your smile beautiful, healthy, and functioning properly.

Some patients will benefit from more frequent appointments. For example, if you are straightening your smile with ClearCorrect, you will need to come in every 4-6 weeks.

Will the Results of My Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment Look Natural?

Cosmetic dentistry treatments and procedures have come a long way in recent years. That means the results can look incredibly natural and flattering. However, technique plays a significant role. Your outcome will only be as good as your provider’s skill and experience.

Dr. John Schmid regularly sees patients who are unhappy with cosmetic work performed elsewhere. He has replaced fake-looking veneers and corrected poorly designed smiles. 

Cosmetic Dentistry vs At-Home Treatments

Few things are more important than the appearance and health of your smile. That is why you should leave all dental work to trained professionals. Self-administered treatments can result in damage to soft tissues, gum irritation, tooth sensitivity, and even permanent tooth damage.

Why Choose Dr. Schmid for Your Cosmetic Dentistry Appointment?

Dr. John Schmid has been helping patients achieve beautiful smiles for over two decades. He received his Doctorate in Dental Science (DDS) from the University of Texas Health Science Center and went on to train at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. In all of his years in practice, a patient-focused approach has always come first.

We invite you to read reviews and explore our before and after gallery to learn more. Then, schedule a complimentary cosmetic smile consultation to find out what we can do for you.

Common Problems With Dental Bridges

One of the most common problems with old dental bridges is the development of tooth decay below the capped teeth that support the bridge. The crowns are cemented in place over the teeth, so patients can’t clean the tooth surface covered by the crown. As a result, tooth decay can progress unchecked. As the condition of the restored teeth declines, the stability of the bridge is also affected, making damage to the restoration more likely.

Dr. Schmid generally recommends dental implants to replace missing teeth. However, if implants aren’t a suitable option for you, Dr. Schmid can create a custom dental bridge that restores your dental health, function, and your smile.

Do Veneers Look Fake?

Done well porcelain dental veneers are a premier solution for enhancing your smile. Unfortunately, some dentists aren’t able to attain the best result, fitting patients with veneers that are:

  • Oversized or ill-fitting
  • Too white compared to the patient’s natural teeth
  • Prone to chips, cracks, and breaking due to inferior-quality materials

Each of these issues can make porcelain veneers look fake. Worse, they can damage your teeth.

At Contemporary Cosmetic Dentistry, we understand the frustration and disappointment patients face when the veneers they thought would last for years don’t meet expectations. Dr. Schmid has extensive experience replacing veneers. Prior to a revision procedure, he will evaluate your underlying tooth structure to ensure another set of veneers is the best solution for improving your smile.

In the event of damage, veneer repair is generally not possible. The missing portion of porcelain could be bonded back into place, but Dr. Schmid will usually recommend replacing the damaged veneer outright to ensure that the porcelain has consistent strength and appearance.

Dr. Schmid warrants bonded porcelain restorations for a period of 5 years. Click here to read our porcelain veneers warranty.

Old Fillings

Metal amalgam fillings are unsightly, but for years they have been the most common material to fix cavities. Although they can last for more than a decade, the life span is negatively impacted by wear and tear and temperature changes within the mouth (metal amalgam expands and contracts, which weakens fillings and the teeth they repair).

More and more patients are opting to replace their metal amalgam fillings with tooth-colored alternatives. In fact, Contemporary Cosmetic Dentistry has stopped offering metal restorations entirely due to the aesthetic, health, and functional benefits of white fillings.

Resolve Cosmetic Dentistry Problems Today

Dr. Schmid provides patient-focused solutions. He will tailor your treatment to meet your specific needs, crafting a smile that complements your features and restores both beauty and function. During your free initial consultation, Dr. Schmid will listen to your concerns, assess the quality of your teeth and gums, and help you determine the best course of action for creating the smile of your dreams.

For cosmetic dentistry in the Austin, Bee Cave, Lakeway, and nearby areas of Texas, please call Contemporary Cosmetic Dentistry at 512-329-5967 to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Schmid today.