Dental Veneers for Cracked Teeth
Your teeth can get cracked or chipped for several reasons, such as dental injuries, bruxism, and other factors. If you’re self-conscious about your chipped teeth, you can get porcelain laminate veneers to cover them up, helping you achieve a perfect smile. URBN Dental Uptown provides extremely personalized porcelain veneers that cover up the cracks on your teeth while blending with the surrounding teeth, betraying no signs of cosmetic work.
Cosmetic Veneers Benefits
- Cover up chips and cracks on your teeth.
- Remain stain-free.
- Long-lasting cosmetic treatments.
- Indistinguishable from natural teeth.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain dental veneers are extremely thin wafers of tooth-colored and tooth-shaped materials attached to the front surface of the teeth. In traditional dental veneers, the dentist shaves a few millimeters off the enamel to accommodate the porcelain veneers. As such, dental veneers essentially replace the chipped, stained, or discolored enamel with fresh and stain-free porcelain.
Porcelain is the ideal replacement for enamel because it resembles the same color and texture as natural enamel. In fact, porcelain also reflects light similarly to enamel, and it has the same translucent quality, making it indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Porcelain laminate veneers allow you to conceal all cosmetic concerns, including chips and cracks, for a complete smile makeover.
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Dental Veneers for Cracked Teeth
Your teeth may be chipped or cracked for several reasons, such as injuries, accidents, trauma, nighttime teeth grinding (bruxism), and other factors. You can also chip or crack your teeth if you use them to open bottle caps and seals from packages or bite hard objects, like ice, pens, and fingernails. All of these factors compromise the enamel on your teeth, leading to superficial cracks and chips.
Major dental cracks have to be addressed with restorative dental treatments, such as dental bonding, dental fillings, and dental crowns. However, if the crack is superficial, i.e., it doesn’t extend beyond the enamel, you can get porcelain veneers for a complete transformation. Porcelain veneers essentially replace the damaged enamel, restoring optimal cosmetic health. Please ask your dentist if you’re a suitable candidate for cosmetic veneers.
- The dentist examines your teeth, discusses your goals, runs various x-rays, and takes impressions of your teeth.
- After delivering local anesthesia, the dentist shaves a few millimeters from your enamel to accommodate porcelain laminate veneers.
- A dental mold of your prepared teeth is taken to prepare the veneers according to your specific goals, needs, and expectations.
- The dentist provides temporary veneers that you have to wear until the permanent veneers are prepared.
- After the permanent veneers are prepared in 2 to 4 weeks, you’ll need to return for another session.
- The dentist will adjust the finalized veneers and bond them to your teeth using dental cement and a special light.
- The dentist makes final adjustments to your teeth to ensure optimal alignment.
Porcelain veneers only provide cosmetic benefits — no functional benefits. As such, you don’t need to use dental veneers, but you should consider getting veneers if you feel self-conscious about your teeth. If you have surface stains or cracks on your teeth, veneers can conceal them and transform your smile, improving the quality of your life.
You can use veneers for 10 to 15 years, i.e., the average lifespan of dental veneers. However, you can extend their lifespan by following all of the dentist’s guidelines, such as not using your teeth to open bottle caps, not biting hard objects, etc.
Traditional dental veneers necessitate the removal of surface enamel to accommodate the porcelain laminates. However, if you want a conservative treatment without removing enamel, you can ask your dentist about no-prep veneers, such as Lumineers. No-prep veneers are made of ultra-thin materials, so they can be bonded to your teeth without preparation.
Porcelain veneers are made of thin porcelain shells, and composite veneers are made of engineered composite resin materials. Both materials can match your teeth, providing the ideal color and shade necessary. However, porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, so there’s no risk of the veneers staining or becoming discolored with age.
You’re a good candidate for dental veneers if you have stained, discolored, cracked, misaligned teeth, or other cosmetic concerns. However, the dental cracks must not extend beyond the enamel, and you should have optimal oral health without ongoing gum disease, cavities, etc. Your dentist will run numerous tests to ensure you’re a suitable candidate for porcelain veneers.
- Maintain optimal oral hygiene.
- Don’t bite hard objects, such as ice or fingernails.
- Don’t use your teeth to open bottle caps.
- Chew hard foods using the back teeth, not the front teeth.
- Wear a nightguard if you suffer from bruxism.
- Wear a mouthguard while playing sports to avoid dental injuries.
The replacement of veneers is suggested after 10 to 15 years or once your veneers are damaged due to injuries or poor maintenance.
Claim Your Porcelain Veneers in Uptown Houston
URBN Dental Uptown is led by an incredibly talented and artistic cosmetic dentist specializing in porcelain dental veneers. Dr. Jiman Nelson discusses your specific concerns and goals, examines your teeth, and curates dental veneers that perfectly resemble your actual teeth. This allows you to cover up the cracks without leaving any traces of cosmetic work. For more information on porcelain veneers for cracked teeth, please schedule an appointment at our dental clinic in Uptown Houston, TX.