When considering the perfect smile, it is not enough to have a full set of healthy, white teeth. An attractive smile also relies on a specific proportion and balance in the size of your teeth. If you have one or more teeth that are especially small in size, it can be a significant threat to your overall appearance.
In most cases, you can blame your parents for your small teeth. The size and shape of teeth are largely dependent on genetics, just like your eye color, hair color or height. Unfortunately, small teeth are rarely desirable, as they can make you look much older than you really are or in some cases, you can look more childlike. Regardless of why your teeth are small, there are cosmetic dentistry solutions that can fix it. In fact, you have more than one option when it comes to making a tooth look bigger.
What Are the Treatment Options for Small Teeth?
Addressing your small tooth or teeth starts with a simple oral exam from a cosmetic dentist. Depending on your preferences, smile goals, budget and the underlying reason for your small teeth, you may choose one of the following cosmetic treatment options:
Porcelain Veneers – By placing wafer-thin shells of porcelain on the front surface of your small tooth, we can cover up a multitude of imperfections, such as a tooth that is too small, chipped, discolored or gapped. Veneers are the preferred choice to create the smile you have always dreamed of.
Cosmetic Dental Crowns – Depending on where the small tooth is located in your mouth and how strong it is, it may be most appropriate to place a dental crown on the tooth. This is a tooth-shaped cap that fits over all sides of your natural tooth. It can be used to make a tooth look larger while also boosting its strength at the same time.
Dental Bonding – If you have a tooth that is only slightly shorter than the rest, it may be possible to simply build the tooth up and elongate it using composite resin bonding. This is a quick, painless and affordable option.
Gum Reshaping – In some cases, teeth that appear too small because there is excess gum tissue present. Therefore, by reshaping the gums or removing a small portion of the bulky tissues, it reveals that your teeth as their true, proportionate size.
What’s Right For You?
Schedule your consult with Marietta’s most trusted cosmetic dentist at Gilreath Dental Associates. We can evaluate your dental concerns and lay out the best treatment options for attaining a beautiful, more confident smile. Remember that you don’t have to live with the small or unsightly teeth you were born with. Cosmetic dentistry can help!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV,