Conveniently located in Homewood, Alabama, with over 30 years of experience and continued education, Dr. Beckham and his professional staff provide comprehensive dentistry in a warm, inviting atmosphere. Your family deserves excellence, so we are dedicated to earning your trust. Whether you or your family need cosmetic, restorative, or general dental care, our individualized attention and uncompromising quality, we’ll give you a reason to smile.
Dental bleaching, also known as tooth whitening, is a common procedure in general dentistry but most especially in the field of cosmetic dentistry. A child's deciduous teeth are generally whiter than the adult teeth that follow. As a person ages the adult teeth often become darker due to changes in the mineral structure of the tooth, as the enamel becomes less porous. Teeth can also become stained by bacterial pigments, foodstuffs and tobacco. Certain antibiotic medications (like tetracycline) can also cause teeth stains or a reduction in the brilliance of the enamel.
Cosmetic dentistry can range from simple to complex. It can be as simple as tooth reshaping, removing parts of the enamel to improve the overall appearance of the tooth. It may be used to correct a small chip, or to alter the length, shape or position of teeth. It can be used to correct crooked or excessively long teeth. This may be known as cosmetic re-contouring. This procedure offers fast results and can even be a substitute for braces under certain circumstances.
It can also be very complex where all the teeth require new crowns, often called full mouth rehabilitation. Sometimes, as many as 14 new crowns may be needed.