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Cosmetic Dentistry

How to Fix a Chipped Tooth

Teeth that have been broken or “chipped” can have a significant aesthetic effect on your smile. In fact, even a small chip can be quite noticeable. Although the teeth are naturally strong and durable, they are certainly not impervious to harm. A traumatic injury or using the teeth to pry open a package/bottle are the most common ways to chip a tooth. Fortunately, individuals who experience this condition have several options that can effectively address a chipped tooth and restore its appearance. 

Some of the most popular treatments for chipped teeth include:

Porcelain Veneers 
Porcelain veneers are typically the most ideal options for teeth affected by chips and other aesthetic dental imperfections. A veneer is delicately and precisely designed to mimic the appearance of the natural tooth. This restoration covers the front surface of the affected tooth and “hides” the chip by recreating the tooth’s original shape and contour. Porcelain veneers are often the best treatment for chipped teeth because of their ability to produce natural-looking outcomes and results that can last for decades. 

Cosmetic Dental Bonding 
Another effective way to fix a chipped tooth is a treatment known as cosmetic dental bonding. This option utilizes special dental materials and techniques to rebuild the affected tooth and eliminate signs of the chip. Our dentist will carefully apply a tooth-colored resin to the tooth and shape it to restore its original appearance. Compared to porcelain veneers, cosmetic bonding does not produce results that last quite as long; however, the treatment can yield outcomes that last for several years with the proper care. 

Dental Crown 
If a chip is particularly severe, a dental crown may be recommended. Crowns are typically necessary when the damage is so significant that the health of the tooth is at risk. This restorative option is custom-designed to produce the most natural look, fit, and feel possible. Unlike porcelain veneers, dental crowns cover the entire tooth rather than just the front portion, which can ultimately prevent the tooth from additional deterioration. Our practice offers advanced CEREC® dental crowns, which can be designed, produced, and placed in a single appointment. 

To learn more about our cosmetic and restorative dentistry options, please contact Scottsdale Smile Center.

Teeth Whitening vs. Porcelain Veneers

shutterstock_136158827Brightening the shade of your teeth can be one of the fastest and easiest ways to enhance the overall appearance of your smile. Both teeth whitening and porcelain veneers procedures can effectively lighten the shade of your teeth and eliminate stains for a more vibrant, radiant smile.

At Scottsdale Smile Center, our bleaching and teeth whitening treatments involve the use of fitted trays and a professional grade whitening gel that you can wear as you sleep. Most patients see significant results in just two to four weeks. As an added benefit, teeth whitening can be one of the most cost-effective ways to boost the radiance of your smile.

Dental veneers can brighten your teeth by concealing any stains or discoloration with a thin layer of durable porcelain. In addition to the whitening benefits, porcelain veneers have the ability to improve the appearance of many other tooth imperfections, such as cracks, chips, gaps, damage, and even slight misalignments.

During the consultation process, one of our experienced cosmetic dentists – Dr. Don Chiappetti and Dr. Jonathan Coombs – can help you determine which procedure may best meet your individual goals. To learn more about teeth whitening or porcelain veneers, or to schedule a consultation at our office, please contact us today.

How Long do Porcelain Veneers Last?

shutterstock_121062757When properly cared for, high-quality porcelain veneers can last decades. While many dental veneers are made from a durable porcelain material, there are a number of additional factors that can influence the lifespan of your veneers, including:

  • Type of veneer
  • Quality of the laboratory in which the veneer is made
  • Skill of the ceramist
  • Bonding method
  • Skill and experience of your cosmetic dentist

Patients who are prone to clenching or grinding their teeth may consider wearing a night guard to help protect the veneers while they sleep. In addition, routine brushing and flossing as well as twice-yearly professional teeth cleanings from your dentist can help extend the lifespan of your veneers. Should a single dental veneer become damaged, it can usually be easily replaced without having to replace any others that remain in good shape.

At Scottsdale Smile Center, Dr. Jonathan Coombs and Dr. Don Chiappetti are highly skilled in custom-designing and placing porcelain veneers to achieve natural-looking, long-lasting results. If you have any further questions about porcelain veneers, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, please do not hesitate to contact our office today.

When Should I Consider Porcelain Veneers?

shutterstock_37981099 %282%29Porcelain veneers can conceal a wide range of common cosmetic concerns pertaining to one’s smile. If you have stains, tooth discoloration, chips, cracks, gaps, or broken teeth, Dr. Jonathan Coombs and Dr. Don Chiappetti can cover these perceived imperfections with thin layers of durable porcelain for results that both look and feel natural. In some cases, porcelain veneers can also be used to improve the appearance of mild tooth misalignment.

Prospective patients with severely damaged and/or misaligned teeth may not be ideal candidates for porcelain veneers. Additionally, those who have minor staining and discoloration may be better suited for something like teeth whitening. During the consultation process, your cosmetic dentist will be able to determine if porcelain veneers are right for you. If not, our practice offers a variety of other aesthetic and reconstructive dentistry options that may be able to more appropriately address your needs, including Invisalign® for teeth straightening, dental implants and crowns for tooth replacement, fillings for tooth repair, and much more.

For more information about porcelain veneers, or to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled and experienced dentists, please contact us today.