How can I change the shape of my teeth? Cosmetic Dentistry Solutions
There are many factors that determine the appearance of your teeth. Your genetics plays a part in determining how large or small your teeth are, and they also help determine whether your teeth are rounded or squared-off in shape. Genetics also affects other common dental traits, such as teeth spacing, jaw growth, etc. Even whether or not you sucked your thumb as a kid! Once of the most common cosmetic concerns of our patients is the shape and size of their teeth, and how they can change them.
For those patients who are unsatisfied with their smiles, we offer cosmetic dentistry at Coddington Dental.
How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Change the Shape of My Teeth?
Our dentist may simply recommend reshaping and re-contouring your teeth if you only need a minor modification. This procedure is for teeth that only need slight changes, so it is for teeth that are healthy and decay –free. This procedure involves using sanding strips and dental equipment to make subtle adjustments. This procedure is relatively inexpensive compared to other cosmetic dental treatments. The gentle and slight reshaping of your teeth can leave you with a smaller smile of a more ideal shape; and the process is not uncomfortable!
When modifying the shape of your smile, it is important to consider your facial dimensions and features. Typically, females opt for a more rounded look to their teeth, while males prefer a more square look to their teeth. However, our cosmetic dentists will speak with you about your specific needs and wants to give you the most optimal smile.
Porcelain Veneers and Cosmetic Dentistry
If you need or desire a more dramatic shift in your appearance and smile, you may consider porcelain veneers or crowns. Veneers are thin, porcelain shells that are permanently applied and bonded over the front teeth. Before placing veneers, your teeth are gently prepped by your dentist. Then, your custom-made, lab-fabricated veneers will be placed on your teeth. Veneers are best suited for the front teeth, on teeth with little to no decay. With just slight modifications, veneers are able to drastically improve the cosmetic appearance of your teeth.
Dental Crowns and Cosmetic Dentistry
Crowns are also used when patients desire to dramatically change the size and shape of their teeth. When the teeth in question are highly decayed, sustain significant biting and chewing forces, or contain existing fillings, they also are good candidates for crowns. All porcelain, tooth-colored crowns are made to treat cavities and provide support for chewing while altering the size and shape of your teeth. Cosmetic crowns can be used on both the front and back teeth.
If you are concerned that your teeth seem too small, our cosmetic dentists will evaluate your gum line as well. It is possible to reshape your gum line if you feel your teeth are “too small.” Re-sculpting the gum tissue, if you feel that your gum line covers too much of your natural tooth, our dentists can help to reveal larger teeth. This can help make your smile more aesthetically pleasing and also more fitting to your face.
If you are interested in cosmetically changing the appearance, shape, or size of your teeth, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with us. Here at Coddington Dental, our dentists make sure that they have a clear understanding of their patients’ goals for their cosmetic makeover.