Gaps, Chipped Teeth, Dental Fractures, and How to Fix Them

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Caption: A new year is coming! Ask us about options for a healthy smile in 2021.

With more people looking at options for cosmetic dentistry, and a new year coming up, there is no better time to improve your smile. At Dental Partners of Boston, our team understands the concerns you may have and are here to help. We want you to achieve the goals you have to improve your smile.

Common Dental Issues

There are some common cosmetic dental issues that patients prefer to have resolved, that affect the appearance of their smile. Some of these issues may include gaps in your teeth, a chipped tooth, dental fractures, and missing teeth. These dental concerns are very common, but they are also problems that patients tend to avoid resolving until they become a problem. One reason is that many patients are unaware of the cosmetic dentistry options available to them. Here are some options you have to repair these common issues. We will also tell you a little about the procedure.

Cosmetic Dental Bonding

Before undergoing dental bonding treatment, we always begin with a comprehensive dental examination. Your teeth are cleaned and your dentist will apply an “etch” substance to the teeth that need bonding treatment. This step prepares the surface of the teeth to accept the composite bonding and ensures adhesion. Your dentist will color-match to your teeth before adding dental bonding. At that stage, they can mold it into place. Once the composite bonding material has cured, your dentist will then file each treated tooth, clean, and polish them. This will improve the appearance of your teeth while filling in the gaps or fixing chips in your teeth. It is often the choice of treatment when it comes to repairing a small area of your mouth.

Cosmetic Dental Veneers

Dental veneer treatments are tailored to each patient and completed over the course of three sessions. The process is actually fairly simple, although it may take a few weeks to complete from start to finish. The first step is to consider planning. This is where the dentist will complete a full consultation to discuss the goals you have when it comes to veneers. X-rays and impressions will likely take place. You then have the preparation side of things.

Your dentist will need to reshape the tooth surface to create enough space in your mouth for dental veneers without altering the shape of your mouth. Your veneers will then be created. At your last appointment, a few weeks later, the veneer will be fitted. You may have porcelain or composite resin veneers, and each one may be fitted differently. Your cosmetic dentist will fix the veneer in place and bond the veneer to the tooth.

For more information on veneers or dental bonding, schedule an appointment today with our team. Let’s hope this has given you more confidence in some of the options you have with cosmetic dentistry and repairing gaps, chips, and dental fractures.

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