Smile Makeover Options for Damaged Teeth

Smile Makeover Forest Hills, NY

The latest developments in cosmetic dentistry make it possible for people with damaged teeth to realize their dreams of having a pleasing smile. A smile makeover addresses all aspects of repair and restoration, so you can show your teeth with confidence. These targeted interventions are effective, attractive, and long-lasting.  

Common types of tooth damage

Teeth are strong, resilient, and durable. In fact, bone is weaker than tooth enamel. That said, teeth are not immune to damage. Teeth grinding, trauma or injury to the mouth, or biting down on rigid objects can cause tooth cracking or chipping. Enamel erosion can occur over time. The main types of tooth damage are:

  • Tooth decay
  • Cracked teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Tooth sensitivity

Smile makeover restoration options

A dental professional can evaluate the patient's unique issues and carries out a treatment plan that may involve one or more procedures to restore the teeth and smile. 

Inlays and onlays

Sometimes, cavities become advanced, penetrating deeper layers of teeth and causing infection and possible tooth loss. Normal fillings may not sufficiently treat and protect the tooth. In this case, inlays and onlays may be a recommended alternative. Both restorations are often considered partial crowns. Inlays are custom-molded by the dentist, fitting the grooves of teeth. This helps restore structural integrity and maintain the appearance of the tooth. Onlays cover a more extensive area, fitting over cusps of teeth rather than into the damaged spaces. 

Dental veneers

Dental veneers address minor tooth damage such as chips, small cracks, or discoloration. They are made of porcelain or porcelain-like material and are customized to fit on the front of teeth snugly and comfortably. Before application, a straightforward tooth preparation procedure takes place. The dentist removes a thin layer of enamel, makes impressions, and either prepares the veneers or sends the impressions to a lab. Once ready, the veneers are bonded into place. Thinner options are also available that do not require preparatory work. 

Dental crowns

Dental crowns or caps cover existing teeth and protect them from further damage. Patients with cracked, fractured, broken, or chipped teeth may choose this option as part of a smile makeover when fillings are not possible. Surrounding the entire tooth, crowns restore shape, size, and general appearance, bringing back the integrity of a smile. A seamless blend of color and shade is created with existing teeth. 

Dental implants

Major tooth decay or damage may require that the dentist do an extraction. Dental implants can then replace extracted teeth, reducing the risk of alignment changes that can have a major impact on appearance and function. The dental professional installs a titanium post, on which the artificial tooth is attached and secured. Dental implants are stable, long-lasting, and easy to maintain. 


Even when patients have damaged teeth, it is still possible to have a pleasing smile with the help of a smile makeover. Thorough examination and discussion of treatment options can help patients decide on the right procedures for their situation. 

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