Your teeth are designed to be very strong. In fact, the enamel, which is the hard, white outer coating of the tooth, is the hardest substance in the human body. However, it is not indestructible and there are many ways it can be damaged or chipped through disease or accidents. Having chipped, cracked and crooked teeth can be awkward, embarrassing, painful and maybe even a little bit scary. However, there is no reason to worry. There are many ways your dentist can fix these problems so you can prevent future issues and be confident knowing your smile is healthy and attractive.
What Causes This Damage To Teeth?
There are a variety of reasons why a tooth may become chipped, cracked, or crooked. Although many times, teeth are naturally crooked, they may be knocked out of place by a fall or a heavy bow to the face. If a tooth is already weakened by decay caused from neglecting or taking improper care of your teeth, it is especially susceptible to becoming chipped or cracked as a result of a heavy fall or blow, or biting down on a hard object, food or otherwise. If your tooth has been damaged or if it is crooked and mars your desired perfect smile, it will be pretty easy for you and your dentist to decide which treatment method will be best for you and most effectively solve this problem.
Treating Chipped, Cracked & Crooked Teeth
If you have a chipped, cracked, or crooked tooth, you will need to get it checked out and fixed as soon as possible. Here are a few methods that have been proven to be highly effective in correcting damaged teeth:
- Composite Fillings – Fillings are a very common solution for teeth that have been cracked or chipped. Composite fillings are different because instead of metal, they are made out of a resin that is the same color as a tooth. This makes them look more natural, as the filling is virtually undistinguishable from the rest of the tooth.
- Invisalign Orthodontics – This is a great alternative to typical metal braces. You will receive custom aligners that conform to the shape of your teeth and straighten them. They are more comfortable than metal braces, as well as making it easier to keep your teeth clean. In addition, as you can probably guess from the name, they are clear and nearly invisible.