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By David Cooley, DDS
September 23, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers   Chipped Teeth  

It can happen to anyone, a chipped tooth playing sports, or while eating a meal, or even when sipping a drink from one of those nature-conscious straws. While some accidents are preventable, a chipped tooth, like many dental accidents, isn't restricted to specific circumstances. Whatever the case, a chipped tooth is very much something your Portage, MI, dentist can repair. There are a few options at their disposal, and deciding which best suits your individual needs will depend on several factors. We'll cover a few below, but as with everything, for more information contact Dr. David Cooley.

Bonding

Bonding refers to using a very special material that is applied in liquid form onto your tooth. This is done in very thin layers which are hardened by using ultraviolet light. Once enough structure is built up it is given a final shaping and polishing. This process allows your dentist the versatility to shape your tooth during the application.

Veneers

A dental veneer is yet another option for repairing chipped teeth. These are thin yet very durable caps that look like natural teeth. They are permanently bonded on top of your injured tooth to restore its appearance.

Dental veneers offer longer-lasting results compared to composite bonding. In contrast, bonding can usually be completed within one visit. There are a few upsides and downsides to either treatment, so it's important to discuss expectations with your dentist to decide on the best way to repair your chipped tooth.

Veneers in Portage, MI

To prevent chipping your teeth you should wear a mouthguard whenever you practice sports, avoid biting very hard foods, and switch from metal straws to something similarly reusable, but instead made with silicone.

These are just some common sense tips, but as you might know, chipped teeth can still happen. For these circumstances, you can depend on your Portage, MI, dentist Dr. Cooley. Serving the areas of Portage and Kalamazoo, you can reach the office by dialing 269-345-1021.