Chipped, cracked, and crooked teeth are common conditions impacting many people. While these issues can affect the appearance of your smile, they also pose greater oral health issues if they are not corrected. Fortunately, there are a variety of simple solutions to these problems which will restore a healthy, beautiful smile.
This page will discuss some of the most common solutions for chipped, cracked, and crooked teeth, but it cannot make specific recommendations for your unique condition. The best way to determine the right treatment for you is to speak with Houston-area dentist Dr. Heather Fleschler in person about possible cosmetic dentistry options. Please call (713) 997-8999 today to schedule an appointment at our dental office.
Solutions for Chipped and Cracked Teeth
The treatment plan Dr. Fleschler recommends will depend on the severity of your chipped or cracked tooth. For small chips, Dr. Fleschler may recommend dental bonding. She will apply the bonding materials in layers in order to sculpt the tooth into its desired shape. An ultraviolet light is then used to harden the bonding material, securing it to the surface of your tooth.
For more extensive damage, Dr. Fleschler may recommend a dental crown. Dental crowns cover your tooth to provide greater protection from additional damage or decay. Dr. Fleschler uses all-porcelain crowns in order to achieve beautiful results which blend in seamlessly with your smile.
If one of your front teeth has a minor crack or chip, porcelain veneers may be an excellent option. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental porcelain which get bonded to the front surface of your tooth. Porcelain veneers achieve beautiful, natural looking results that will make your tooth look whole again.
Solutions for Crooked Teeth
Dr. Fleschler offers several solutions for straightening crooked teeth as well. For mild to moderate alignment issues, Dr. Fleschler recommends Invisalign® clear braces.Invisalign® treatment uses a series of clear, plastic aligners to gradually shift your teeth back to their desired position. Invisalign® is often a preferred option for adults since the aligners are virtually undetectable to others.
While Invisalign® is very effective at correcting mild to moderate crowding and spacing issues, it is not a good solution for major orthodontic and bite alignment conditions. In these situations, Dr. Fleschler may refer you to an orthodontic specialist.
If you would like to achieve the appearance of straight teeth but do not want to invest the time required of Invisalign or traditional orthodontic treatment, then porcelain veneers may be a great option for you. They are often called “instant orthodontics” because they can provide you with the appearance of straight teeth in just a few short visits to our Houston dental office.
If you would like to correct chipped, cracked, or crooked teeth, please contact Dr. Heather Fleschler online or call (713) 997-8999 today to schedule an appointment. We serve patients in the Houston, Texas areas of West University, Bellaire, Meyerland, and River Oaks.