When you smile, it’s pretty obvious that the first thing people see are your front teeth. If they look good, it makes your entire smile look good.
If they don’t…well, then unfortunately your entire smile just won’t help you project the best version of yourself to the world.
At Shining Smiles Family Dentistry, patients often ask us what the best treatment is for a front tooth (or teeth) that are cracked, chipped, broken or misshapen.
In the spirit of “giving the people what they want,” we wanted to address this common concern, and give you our recommendation for how to fix your front teeth that are cracked or broken.
First and foremost how big is the problem?
The first question you need to ask yourself is, “How big is the problem?” If you have a very small chip or a hairline fracture in your tooth, then it may be possible to remedy the issue with a simple procedure called cosmetic dental bonding.
During the dental bonding procedure, a resin material is used, which hardens and then bonds to your tooth. The material is shaped correctly so that it’s nearly impossible to tell that it isn’t part of your actual tooth.
While dental bonding is often used to repair cracked or broken teeth, it can also be used to change the shape of a tooth and improve any discoloration issues you are having.
The problem with dental bonding?
It’s not the best solution for people who have modern or severe chipping or cracking, and are looking for a more permanent solution. If this sounds like you, one of the next two alternatives will likely be a better fit for what you are trying to accomplish.
Fixing your front teeth with porcelain dental crowns
While dental crowns are often thought of as a solution for replacing teeth that have been restored using dental implants, that isn’t the only use.
In fact, dental crowns are used to fix a wide variety of dental issues, including:
- To cover a misshapen, discolored, or a severely worn tooth
- To ensure a dental bridge stays in place
- To restore a tooth that has been weakened due to decay
And much more. One of the most common uses of dental crowns is to cover front teeth that have been damaged for one reason or another.
When it comes to the dental crowns procedure, there are two common types of crowns:
- Metal crowns
- Porcelain crowns
It’s pretty much that simple. At Shining Smiles Family Dentistry, we prefer to use porcelain crowns as it is a newer technology that gives patients all of the same benefits, without the “metal mouth look.”
The problem with metal crowns is that over time a thin, gray line can appear around your teeth, which can cause your entire tooth to have a dull appearance.
Others will either think you have a dead tooth or that you’ve had dental work done. One of the pillars of cosmetic dentistry is achieving a natural look, which is why we use porcelain “tooth-colored” material for our crowns (especially on the front teeth).
If you would like a little more information on dental crowns, click the link below:
Improving your smile with porcelain veneers
In addition to dental bonding and crowns, there is another procedure that can give you your “dream smile,” and that’s porcelain veneers.
Veneers are made of a thin piece of porcelain (about the thickness of a contact lens), which then adheres to the front of your teeth and covers them.
If you’ve ever seen someone who seemingly has a perfect smile, there’s a good chance they have veneers!
Now, it’s important to note that porcelain veneers are an irreversible procedure because we have to shave off some of your tooth enamel in order for the veneers to look their best.
The great thing about veneers is that we can match the shape, color, and translucency perfectly to achieve the exact smile you’re looking for. If you have severely chipped, cracked, or broken front teeth, veneers may be a great option for you.
We have an entire page on our website dedicated just to veneers. If you would like to learn more about the procedures, including the benefits, pros vs cons, and more, just click the link below:
So is there really a “best” way to fix cracked or broken front teeth?
The answer is that it depends on the person. The most comfortable option (and what works best for one person) won’t necessarily be the best option for another.
The ultimate look you want to achieve, as well as your budget, are things you need to consider before undergoing any cosmetic procedure.
If you’re in or around the Northwest Atlanta area (specifically in the Powder Springs/Lost Mountain area), and want to learn more about improving your smile by fixing your front teeth, give Shining Smiles Family Dentistry a call today!