Overall I have healthy teeth. They are white and look nice. I had an accident last week when I was out with my friends. A glass chipped one of my front teeth. It is very small. I would guess it to be maybe 2mm wide by 1mm long. From a conversational distance it would be impossible for someone to notice. That said, it really bothers me because I notice it every time I look at it. I am considering a porcelain veneer to cover the chip but I have a few questions.
- Can veneers be natural looking? If at all possible, I don’t want something that looks fake.
- Can a veneer match the shape of my existing tooth?
- Can the color of the veneer match my other teeth?
I don’t need or want a complete smile makeover. I just need to fix the breakage.
– Paul from Oregon
When considering a porcelain veneer, it is important that you consult an expert cosmetic dentist to get the most natural look possible. Your average general dentist most likely does not possess the artistic ability or training required to make a veneer look natural. The answer to all your above questions is – yes. The color and shape can be blended seamlessly giving a beautiful and natural looking result.
For a very small chip, composite bonding is a great fix. The surface of your tooth will need to be roughened slightly then a composite bonding material is applied to the tooth. This treatment can last many years. For such a small repair, there isn’t a lot of cosmetic talent required to have it look nice. If you had a larger chip or were interested in making over your smile, it would be essential to visit a dentist that specializes in cosmetic dentistry.
This post was provided by Plano dentist Whitmore DDS.