Smile Makeover for Small Teeth
By Dr. Everett Heringer on January 06, 2020
By undergoing a smile makeover, people in the Bismarck and Mandan, ND area can achieve the smile they have always wanted. A smile makeover can fix issues with the teeth and gums to enhance your appearance and improve your confidence.
Many people undergo smiles makeovers for chips, cracks, and stains, but Dr. Everett E. Heringer can treat other kinds of issues related to smile aesthetics. With that in mind, let’s consider how a smile makeover can treat small teeth.
Why Small Teeth Are Such an Issue
If you have small teeth, they can cause a number of issues with the aesthetics of your smile. Tiny teeth, especially small front teeth, can make you feel self-conscious about the way you look. You may feel hesitant to laugh, smile, and speak around others, even around trusted colleagues, family members, and friends you have known for years.
These small teeth could also be the source of dental health problems. Pressure while biting and chewing may be distributed to the other teeth. This can cause discomfort and contribute to an increased risk of teeth grinding (bruxism), tooth fractures, and gum recession.
How Smile Makeovers Work
A smile makeover involves a combination of different cosmetic dentistry procedures that can dramatically enhance the appearance of a smile. During the consultation process, a dentist determines the ideal treatment or groups of treatments to achieve a desired result.
There are many treatment options for improving the appearance of small teeth. It depends on what is causing this problem. Let’s cover three of the most common ones used in smile makeovers.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are affixed to the fronts of the teeth. When in place, porcelain veneers can block imperfections from view, which includes issues with tooth size and shape. The veneer essentially provides a cosmetic mask for a small tooth, making it appear a more ideal size in the process. The shade of the veneer is carefully matched to your existing teeth so that it appears seamless.
Tooth-Colored Dental Crowns
For instances in which a veneer is not an option, a tooth-colored dental crown is usually best. A tooth-colored dental crown is an aesthetic cap that fits over a small tooth. The crown helps improve the appearance of small tooth and can also improve its overall function in a person’s bite. Like a porcelain veneer, the material is carefully color-matched to the adjacent teeth.
Gum Reshaping and Contouring
When a tooth or multiple teeth appear small because a person has a gummy smile, gum reshaping may be ideal. This procedure removes a little bit of the gum tissue from the gumline, in effect elongating the appearance of a tooth. Even just a little bit of gum reshaping may be all you need to enhance your appearance.
The Results of a Smile Makeover
Whether you get porcelain veneers, a tooth-colored crown, or undergo gum reshaping, the results of treatment can be extremely dramatic. Your smile will look enhanced, with the teeth evenly sized and symmetrical. Thanks to modern technique and materials, the results of your smile makeover will appear seamless.
Contact Heringer Dentistry
For more information about improving the appearance of your smile, be sure to contact a skilled cosmetic and restorative dentist. You can reach our office in Bismarck by calling (701) 255-4850. We look forward to your visit.
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