Teeth can die for a range of reasons, but regardless of why they died, most dead teeth look gray or slightly black—not the most attractive colours to have in the middle of your smile. If you have a special occassion coming up and you want to hide your discoloured tooth in the photos, there are a range of things you can do.
From relatively expensive and permanent to practically free but temporary, here are five solutions to consider so your discoloured tooth doesn't show up in pictures:
1. Root Canal and Internal Bleaching
Unfortunately, bleaching doesn't work on dead teeth because the discolouration is actually coming from the inside of the tooth. However, you can get a root canal to address the decay in your dead tooth, and then, you can have a cosmetic dentist bleach the tooth from the inside.
If internal bleaching doesn't work, consider having a cosmetic dentist cover your tooth with a veneer. A veneer is a thin coating of plaster that can be placed over a tooth. It simulates enamel and can make your discoloured tooth match the rest of your smile.
3. Snap-on Smile
Root canals, internal bleaching and veneers all take time to accomplish, but if you only have a week until you need to be an important picture, you should consider a snap-on smile. Snap-on smiles are a temporary solution that you fit over your teeth to create the appearance of straight, white teeth.
These convenient fake teeth come from a cosmetic dentist and are designed to fit your smile. They also don't look like a fake set of teeth from a novelty store.
If you don't have time to go to the dentist for any work, you may be able to hide your dead tooth by choosing your lipstick carefully. Bright shades of red can create a contrast that can help to make your teeth look brighter.
Shades of coral, however, should be avoided as they bring out the yellowish shades in your teeth, and obviously, novelty, colours such as black or blue should absolutely be avoided as they will definitely highlight your dead tooth.
If you have already had your photo taken, don't worry. You can still fix it. Just have a photographer photoshop out the darkness and make your tooth match your other teeth in the picture.
Even if you haven't had the photos taken yet, you can rely on this idea to fix your smile if you don't want to explore the above options. For more tips, contact resources like Woodvale Dental Surgery.