Chipped a Tooth? A Veneer Will Make It Look Like New

Eating hard candy, chewing on non-food items, and getting injured can all result in chipping a tooth. Age, teeth grinding, and acid reflux can also weaken your enamel and increase your risk of chipping a tooth.

Thankfully, there are many ways to treat chipped teeth, including using dental veneers. At The Woodlands Dental Group in The Woodlands, Texas, David Epstein, DDS, and Nikita Vakil, DMD, are experts at giving veneers. In this blog, they explain why you should fix a chipped tooth and why dental veneers are a great option.

Why you should fix a chipped tooth

If your tooth is chipped, there are many reasons to fix it. Chips can affect the appearance of your smile, but they can also be sharp. Jagged, uneven pieces of your tooth can scrape your lip or tongue. Additionally, leaving a chip or crack untreated can increase your risk of developing an infection if bacteria enters the crack.

However, fixing a chip with a venner can restore the appearance of your smile, eliminate the risk of cutting your lip or tongue on a sharp edge of your tooth, and keep bacteria from entering the crack. Furthermore, a veneer can help reinforce the damaged tooth. 

The process of getting a veneer

Dental veneers are thin porcelain shells that are placed on the front surfaces of teeth. You can get one veneer or more depending on how many teeth you want fixed.

Here’s how the process works:

  1. A small portion of enamel is removed to make room for the veneer
  2. Impressions are taken of your teeth
  3. The impressions are sent to a dental lab
  4. The dental lab creates the veneer and mails it back to The Woodlands Dental Group
  5. The veneer is attached to your tooth with dental cement
  6. Final adjustments are made to make sure your veneer looks great

Because veneers are carefully customized to match your tooth shape and color, no one will notice that you have a veneer. With the right care, veneers can last up to 10 years, although some studies report that veneers can last up to 20 years.

If you have other issues you want treated in other teeth, such as discoloration, misshapen teeth, gaps, or other minor flaws, veneers may be able to fix those issues as well. In cases like this, you may want to get a full set of veneers. No matter your case, your provider will give you a thorough evaluation and go over your treatment options.

If you have a chipped tooth and want to see if veneers or other options can help you, book an appointment over the phone with The Woodlands Dental Group today.

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