There are many ways a dentist can improve your smile’s appearance by tackling your chipped or worn teeth. Worn teeth can create an uneven appearance to your smile and can make you look older than you feel, whilst chipped teeth should always prompt a visit to the dentist.
Teeth can be easily chipped by accidents and injuries involving the face, even by biting hard foods such as nuts if a tooth is weakened. There are some practical steps you can take to avoid chipping your teeth, including:
- Always wearing a properly fitted sports mouthguard when playing contact sports or games that involve fast-moving objects, such as hockey, cricket, or rugby.
- Visiting a dentist or orthodontist to improve the position of protruding front teeth (“buck teeth”) so that they are better protected.
- Never using your teeth to open bottles, chew pencils, or indeed for anything other than biting and chewing food.
- Attending regular dental check-ups so that any areas of weakness can be spotted and addressed before an emergency happens.
However, accidents can still happen, and the most important thing to remember is that you should visit your dentist as soon as possible after you chip a tooth. Even a small chip or crack can be enough to let bacteria enter the tooth, which can cause infection.
DentalFX in Glasgow offers a number of treatments for chipped and worn teeth, and the best solution will depend on a number of factors, including:
- The location of the affected tooth
- The extent of the damage
- Your overall dental health
Treatment options include:
Fillings and composite bonding
White filling material is now very strong and durable, and should last you for many years. Fillings are a good option for the back teeth, whilst composite bonding is a good option for small chips on the front teeth. The latter option involves using white filling material to seamlessly restore the tooth, and only needs one appointment.
Crowns are used when extra strength is required. Tooth-coloured options are available, and crowns will require two appointments.
Porcelain veneers are a great option to improve the appearance of chipped or worn front teeth, and require two-three visits.