Summerwood Aesthetic Dentistry
Julie A. Spaniel DDS

What Can I Do About Chips, Cracks, and Other Dental Imperfections?

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A great smile can leave a long-lasting impression, but not everyone has teeth that are free from common imperfections. If you notice chips and cracks in your teeth, the cosmetic dentistry options at Summerwood Family Dental may be right for you. Dr. Spaniel is eager to help you achieve the smile of your dreams with veneers, Invisalign, or even a full smile makeover. Learn more below.

Causes of Common Dental Imperfections

Several lifestyle and medical factors can lead to problems with the appearance of your smile.

Discolored teeth: Your bright smile may appear duller with longtime use of tobacco. Tooth discoloration may also occur if heavily pigmented foods are a regular part of your diet. This includes berries, soy sauce, tea, and coffee. Age can also leave you with a yellow-tinged smile, as can poor oral hygiene since plaque and tartar tend to hold only stains.

Chips and cracks: Dental trauma can result in fractures and cracks in your smile. In addition, if you unconsciously grind your teeth while asleep or whenever you are stressed out, you can weaken the structure of the teeth, leaving them susceptible to stress fractures.

Misaligned teeth: Misaligned teeth are often genetic based, but you can experience issues with your bite if you have missing teeth.


For a shining smile, many turn to veneers. These thin shells are custom-made and designed to fit securely over the teeth to hide any imperfections. Veneers at Summerwood Family Dental are composed of porcelain, which is revered for its ability to mimic the look of natural teeth. This means patients can enjoy a natural-looking yet significantly improved smile after veneer treatment.

Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening services can treat tooth discoloration, leaving you with a brilliantly white smile. During your treatment, your teeth will be covered with a special gel containing a bleaching agent. This formula is activated with a special light. Patients can receive their teeth whitening service in less than an hour, and the results are immediate.

Smile Makeover

Sometimes, a single treatment is simply not enough to address all of a patient’s dental cosmetic concerns. For a comprehensive result, Dr. Spaniel offers smile makeovers, which are carefully planned and utilize the most appropriate procedures and techniques for each patient.

Meet with Dr. Spaniel

If you are ready to have your best smile yet, contact the team at Summerwood Family Dental. We are excited to discuss your smile goals and craft a treatment plan that helps you achieve them. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.