Best cosmetic dentistry treatment for a chipped front tooth?

I have an ugly chip in my front tooth. I finally have some extra money and it’s time to get it fixed. I have done a little bit of research and have identified porcelain veneers and dental bonding as cosmetic dentistry treatments that should work. Which do you recommend?

– Elizabeth in New Mexico

Elizabeth,

Dental bonding and porcelain veneers are both legitimate options when it comes to fixing a chipped front tooth. But one of the most important things to consider is selecting the right cosmetic dentist to do this work. An excellent cosmetic dentist will be able to give you a beautiful result and you won’t be able to tell. Since this is such a highly visible area, you would be wise to go about selecting the right cosmetic dentist versus calling a dentist up and telling them you want a porcelain veneer or dental bonding.

Dental bonding uses a special tooth colored material that will blend in perfectly with your natural tooth. In most cases, dental bonding tends to be more of a temporary solution. This is because over time, it will stain and will need to be replaced. It is less expensive than a veneer, yet you will have to continually endure the expense of having it redone.

A porcelain veneer is a very thin shell of porcelain that is permanently bonded to the front side of your tooth. An impression is done and then sent off to the laboratory to be created. It does tend to cost more but will last much longer than bonding. Also, porcelain is very resistant to picking up stains so there will be less maintenance. Even though it may cost more money upfront, it could be less expensive over the long run.

Again, the most important decision you have is selecting an excellent cosmetic dentist that you can trust.

This post is sponsored by Phoenix dentist Arthur Chal Esthetic and Reconstructive Dentistry.

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