If you have uneven teeth, your self-confidence might have taken a big blow. Thankfully, there are a few treatments available that can help make your teeth more level. Here, our Halifax dentists discuss the cosmetic treatments available for uneven teeth.
How Teeth Become Uneven
Teeth that are irregularly shaped or uneven can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics and teeth grinding at any stage of life. Functioning bite issues and TMJ disorder are two common dental problems that can either cause or be caused by uneven teeth. TMJ disorders are disorders of the jaw muscles, joints, and nerves associated with chronic facial pain. Any problem that prevents the complex system of muscles, bones, and joints from working together in harmony may result in TMJ.
What Happens If My Teeth Are Uneven?
Out of proportion teeth can make your face look older, lead to wrinkles, leave your jaw and facial structure without enough support, and more. At Parkland Dental, our dentists are able to evaluate your smile and bite to find out if this is the situation for you, then provide you with the cosmetic treatment you need.
Available Treatments For Uneven Teeth
Remember that treatment options are decided on a case-to-case basis. Depending on your case, one of the following options might be available for you:
Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-coloured materials that are used to cover the front surface of teeth to change their appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of your teeth and can alter their colour, shape, size, or length.
Veneers don't just help improve the appearance of your teeth but also your bite's function. Our Halifax dentists can provide you with custom-designed porcelain veneers to help support proper alignment between your jaw and bite.
Dental bonding might be needed to fill a gap between two teeth, repair a damaged tooth, or improve the look of misaligned teeth.
In terms of cosmetic dental treatments, dental bonding is generally one of the least invasive. The composite bonding material can be shaped, hardened, and polished to blend in with the tooth being repaired. The material's colour can be adjusted to look very similar to the colour of your surrounding natural teeth.
Dental bonding is commonly used to repair chipped or discoloured teeth, but it's also often used to close gaps between teeth and to change the colour and shape of teeth to try and achieve a more symmetrical, cohesive appearance.
It is possible to quickly correct some uneven teeth by "shaving off" a small amount of enamel to make them more consistent with the surrounding teeth. For minor differences, this is normally the most effective treatment.