The practical life of restorations is very long. Dental crowns, porcelain veneers, and others regularly last ten years or more. Unfortunately, this is often longer than you want to have them around, and you may find yourself less impressed with their appearance than you were when you had them first placed.

There are many reasons why people find themselves in this situation.

The Restorations Look Less Attractive Than at First

dreamstime_s_32188852The truth is that although the practical life of dental restorations is long, their aesthetic life may be much shorter. This is especially true of metal amalgam fillings, which were never attractive to begin with, but tend to turn to black from silver quite quickly.

Other restorations may become stained. Although ceramic restorations are very stain resistant, plastic based ones are more likely to stain.

Another problem comes with porcelain fused to metal crowns, which have a metal border around the base of the crown. Once this becomes exposed by receding gums, it can make you very self conscious.

Your Aesthetic Sense Has Changed

Other times, it’s not the restorations that have changed, but you. When you first had the restorations placed, you probably mostly noticed how much better they looked than your natural teeth, which were crooked, discolored, chipped, or damaged.

Now you’ve come to notice that they may not have been as good as you thought. They might look plastic or otherwise fake. They might be too big or too small, or they’re not proportionate to each other. Maybe the color or shape is all wrong.

A New Forward-Facing Job

Other times, it’s your situation that changed. If you used to be an unknown, you might have been happy with less attractive restorations, but once you gain even a little bit of fame or prominence, you might feel self-conscious about them. Whether you’re pitching your startup to investors or welcoming potential donors at a charity gala or even making an appearance on TV for the first time, you likely wish you had better-looking teeth to make a better impression.

Don’t Keep Living with Unattractive Restorations

The good news is that we can help you get those better-looking teeth so you can make great first impressions and feel good about your smile.

To talk to us about your options for removing old restorations and getting a brand-new smile, please call (803) 781-9090 for an appointment with a Columbia, SC cosmetic dentist at Smile Columbia Dentistry today.