Chipped teeth can happen from general wear and tear, a fall, an accident, or simply from biting down too hard on a hard object. No matter the cause, it can leave your smile permanently blemished and your self-confidence hindered.
Your smile is one of the first things someone notices about you, so you want to make sure and keep it polished and beautifully shaped. When you are proud of your smile, you will find yourself showing it off every chance you get.
If you are seeking treatment for chipped teeth, our dentists at Perfect Smiles, LLC in Tolowa, NJ offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures. Here are three of the most common. At your consultation, we will discuss the pros and cons of each and help you decide which is the most suitable for you.
Dental bonding uses composite resin tinted to match the natural shade of your tooth. The dentist will carefully mold the composite over the chipped area to conceal the imperfection.
As the composite is layered, a special UV light is used to harden the resin and restore the structural integrity of the tooth.
Dental bonding can generally be completed in one office visit. It offers an affordable and immediate solution to repairing chipped teeth.
While dental bonding is affordable, it is only meant to last about 10 to 15 years. If you are looking for a longer-lasting solution, our dentists offer customized porcelain veneers.
Made from medical grade porcelain, each shell is fashioned to match the natural shape and color of your tooth to provide realistic and durable results.
Porcelain veneers are bonded to the front surface of the affected teeth to conceal everything from chipped, gapped, discolored, and misshaped teeth.
Because a small amount of enamel is removed before the shells are attached, it is considered a permanent treatment solution. Results typically last anywhere from 10 to 20 years and provide the most aesthetically pleasing results.
When molars or teeth used for heavier chewing are chipped, dental crowns are typically recommended. Also made from porcelain, these are thicker in design than veneers in order to provide more durable results.
Each crown is fashioned to blend with the natural aesthetics of your smile and able to withstand heavy chewing and biting.
Tips for Caring for Your Restored Smile
Although the materials used are sturdy and able to last for decades, special precautions are recommended to extend the longevity of your smile.
Common tips may include:
- Avoid eating ice or other hard foods, such as mints and popcorn
- Avoid eating sticky foods, such as caramels
- Avoid chewing on pen caps or other hard objects that don’t belong in the mouth
- Avoid biting your nails
- Visit the dentist every six months so adjustments can be made
If you are suffering from chipped teeth, you no longer have to worry about concealing your smile thanks to the many cosmetic dentistry treatments available. To schedule your consultation and to learn more about the treatments we provide, contact our office today. We look forward to meeting you and helping you improve your smile.