Is it Safe to File Front Teeth?

Chipped teeth are fairly common. If you bite down on hard substances like ice, fall, play a contact sport without a mouth guard, get into a car accident, or grind your teeth while you sleep, you may have chipped teeth. Many people with chipped teeth come to our office and ask Dr. Gladwell whether it’s safe to file their front teeth to improve the appearance of the chipping.

It’s important to understand that filing a chipped tooth should not be a DIY endeavor. If Dr. Gladwell believes that filing is the ideal solution, he may safely and correctly file down your chipped tooth to get rid of the ragged edge or smooth the rough surface. Keep in mind, however, that filing is rarely the best way to resolve a chipped tooth. It cannot restore the tooth to its original dimensions and may create an asymmetrical smile.

If you have a moderately chipped teeth, dental bonding may be a good idea. It involves using composite resin and bonding it onto your tooth. Porcelain veneers may be an option as well as they can make the tooth look like it’s brand new. In the event your chipped tooth is severely damaged, onlays, inlays, or crowns may be recommended.

While it can be tempting to try to file your chipped tooth on your own, doing so can further damage it and require further treatment.

Schedule an Appointment at Gladwell Orthodontics

If you are wondering whether you should file your front teeth, call our office at 919-453-6325 to meet with Dr. Jason Gladwell. We look forward to hearing from you!