My two front teeth continue to chip. My dentist has repaired the chips, but strongly suggests the veneers. But the cost? (photo)
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Chipped Front Teeth -Bonding or Veneers
My two front teeth continue to chip. My dentist has repaired the chips, but strongly suggests the veneers.
Suggestion....if you do finally decide that you want the more permanent correction to your chipping teeth problems, I would highly recommend that your dentist use one of the stronger porcelain materials. At this time my favorite porcelain veneering material is EMax porcelain, which is not only much stronger than direct composite bonding, but over double the strength of the regular porcelain material (feldspathic porcelain) typically used by most dentists over the past few decades for porcelain veneers.
Chipped front teeth
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The fact that you've had dental bonding in the past, means that it will continue to break and chip over the years, which will require you to have to have the chips fixed again and again. This is because bonding is pretty temporary because it is not very strong when used on your biting surfaces and it tends to stain very, very easily. If you do not mind having your teeth chip occasionally and then having to pay to get them re-bonded from time to time, then bonding may be a cheaper option for you in the short term. However, if you are looking to fix the problem with something that should last you another 20-30 years, then porcelain veneers may be what you prefer for a cheaper long-term fix.
If 6 veneers is out of the question for you, I would suggest only placing veneers on the teeth that are chipped; a skillful cosmetic dentist should have no problem matching the shade of your veneers with the current shade of your teeth. Good luck and I hope this helps. Follow me if you have more questions.
Sarah Thompson, DMD
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