Three Ways to Restore the Appearance of the Teeth

As durable and strong as they are, the teeth are vulnerable to trauma-related breaking, cracking and chipping.


  1. As durable and strong as they are, the teeth are vulnerable to trauma-related breaking, cracking and chipping. Trauma can happen for a variety of reasons, such as assault, car accident, an inadvertent contact with a hard surface, or even from biting down on a hard piece of food. A chipped tooth can make one feel like hiding their smile, but cosmetic dentistry treatments can restore the natural, smooth appearance of the teeth. Below are several options for restoring the looks of teeth that have been chipped, cracked, broken or otherwise damaged.


    Using resin that is colored to match the teeth, a dentist will fill in the chipped area and blend it in with the rest of the natural teeth. A part of the tooth may need etching, where the surface is roughened to help the material adhere. The resin is a strong plastic that can be sculpted into the desired size and shape, and UV lights help the material harden before a final polish gives a natural, smooth look.


    Veneers are shells about the thickness of a fingernail, that are bonded to the front of the teeth to conceal chips, cracks and  other flaws. Patients can choose between porcelain or resin veneers; the latter are more resistant to damage. Veneers are made in a dental lab from an impression of the patient's teeth, and can take up to two weeks to arrive. When the veneers are finished, they are bonded to the patient's teeth with a strong, durable dental cement.

    Dental Crowns

    If a patient's teeth are chipped more severely, dental crowns may be the best way to restore their natural appearance. Crowns are made from metal, porcelain and metal, ceramic or resin, and they are placed over the tooth to hide damage and restore the tooth's natural look and function. A dentist can help the patient determine which choice is best in their situation.

    Having cracked, chipped or broken teeth can cause a patient to suffer from a decrease in self-confidence, but there are ways to repair the damage. A dentist will evaluate the patient's teeth to ensure that there's no damage to the roots or the underlying bone before proceeding with any of the above cosmetic treatments. With bonding, veneers, crowns and other treatments, dentists with the Gordon Center for General and Advanced Dentistry can work with patients to give them the healthy, happy smiles they deserve.