Having cracked teeth is not only unsightly, but it is also dangerous to the overall health of your mouth. If you want your mouth to look and function better, it is important that you cover those cracks.
The type of treatment you need is going to depend on the type of cracks you have, how deep those cracks go, and the cause of the cracking. Your dentist would have to look at your current oral health and decide which teeth can be repaired using which treatment method.
When Veneers Are a Good Treatment Option
If the cracks are superficial and more cosmetic in nature, then a veneer is likely the best treatment option for teeth that are readily seen when you smile. They can cover the cracks, protect them from getting worse in most cases, and restore the beautiful smile you always wanted. However, if your cracks are more than a cosmetic concern, veneers may not be the right option.
Other Options for Covering Dental Cracks
Some cracks, even on the teeth that are readily seen when you smile, simply won't be secure enough with a veneer. Those cracks should be bonded so that the tooth's overall structure and integrity are restored. Dental bonding is sturdier than veneers and can really help improve a person's smile.
If you have deep cracks or cracks that may get worse from something like clenching your teeth, you may want to change treatment options to things like dental crowns. These are caps placed over your teeth to protect them. If bruxism is the cause of your cracks, you should also consider getting a mouth guard as part of your treatment plan so you do not crack the crowns, too.
Find out from your dentist what he or she thinks is the best course of action for your specific teeth.
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