Are you unhappy with the size of your two front teeth? Today, our Halifax dentists share the treatment methods that may be available if you would like to improve the confidence you have in your smile.
It's essential to address all of the aesthetic problems you have with your teeth as part of your whole smile, not just your large teeth. That's why the large front teeth might actually be left untouched by some approaches to treating them.
Here are some options that may be available to help you improve the appearance of large front teeth.
Reshaping large teeth
Just making a patient's teeth smaller is generally the easiest way to reduce their size, however, this isn't always the best approach and can also increase their risk of cavities.
The reshaping of teeth, in most situations, should be considered as a last resort. Dentists normally like to preserve the natural tooth whenever possible. Thus, if there is an approach that gets the result you're looking for while preserving the tooth, your dentist will most likely take it.
Reshaping surrounding teeth
Your front teeth might look too big if the neighboring teeth, the lateral incisors, are too small. There are various possible causes for this, such as retained baby teeth or a peg lateral.
Although, whatever the reason is, your dentist might be able to use porcelain veneers to treat the problem, by making these teeth look bigger and more proportionate
Sometimes your front teeth look large because of your gums. If your gums are not properly contoured, it can change the shape and size of your teeth. Your gums may be covering too much of the lateral incisors, making them look small, or not covering enough of your front teeth, making them look big.
The good news is that gums should be able to be restored to their natural healthy position, especially if the issue is being caused by receding gums. Most dentists will investigate potential bite problems caused by receding gums if this is indeed the issue you are having.
Occasionally your front teeth might appear to be too large or possibly too small if they have been situated too far apart making them improperly positioned. In these situations, Invisalign might be a good orthodontic treatment option for shifting your front teeth closer together so they look more centred.
In other cases, the lateral incisors might not have emerged properly from the gums. In this case, orthodontics might be used to get them to emerge properly so they look more proportionate with the front teeth. Invisalign, nor traditional braces, are normally recommended for this purpose, and more traditional orthodontic treatments are usually prescribed.
What is my best approach?
If you don't like the way your smile looks it's essential to schedule an appointment with your dentist. They may be able to give you an official diagnosis for the problem you have with your front teeth and recommend the treatment options that are most appropriate for you. Your dentist can help you understand each option and why they are recommending it for you.