I have had enamel hypoplasia for as long as I can remember. I’ve always been embarrassed by my smile as a result. For my Christmas present, my husband said I could have any cosmetic dentistry procedure I need that will make me more comfortable smiling. I am so freaking excited!! The only problem I have is that I do not know what procedure I need to get. Do you have a recommendation?
What an exciting present for you! There is no better feeling than a smile that makes you feel confident. For the benefit of those who may not be aware of what enamel hypoplasia is let me give a basic rundown. Enamel hypoplasia is a either caused by a genetic defect or disease that happens during the development of your teeth. The result is that the enamel on your teeth do not fully develop. The results can vary between some decalcification, such as on the left or deep pitted teeth, such as on the right.
There are two good treatments for enamel hypoplasia. Which you get depends on the severity of your particular case. If you are dealing with mild hypoplasia, then dental bonding is a perfectly good solution. If you want your teeth whiter, make sure you have teeth whitening done before the bonding. Once the dental bonding is completed, the color can’t be changed.
If, however, you have more severe hypoplasia, then you will want to get porcelain veneers instead. While dental bonding can just be placed on the specific spots where your enamel is affected, porcelain veneers will cover the entire front surface of your teeth.
Regardless of the procedure chosen, you will need someone with post-doctoral training in cosmetic dentistry. These are both advanced procedures. You would be wise to take a look at their smile gallery. This will have before and after images of their work. You want to feel excited about the type of results they get.
This blog is brought to you by Duluth, GA Dentist Dr. David Marion.