Porcelain Veneers for Small Teeth
By Dr. David Wyse on October 02, 2018
Small teeth can make a smile appear unbalanced. If you cover your mouth when you laugh, speak, or smile, porcelain veneers can help you feel more self-assured and confident.
Here, our doctors at Chrisman & Wyse explore porcelain veneers for small teeth and explain how this treatment can transform your smile at our Bloomington, IL practice.
Why Do I Have Small Teeth?
There are several reasons why patients may have or develop small teeth. Some of the most common include:
- Genetics: Patients with a family history of small teeth are more likely to have the condition themselves.
- Misalignment: Crooked, overlapped, or other alignment problems can make certain teeth appear smaller.
- Gaps or spaces between the teeth: When there are gaps in your smile, normal-sized teeth can appear small. Furthermore, small teeth can seem even smaller, making your smile seem unbalanced.
- A “gummy smile”: In some cases, an irregular tooth-to-gum ratio can make the teeth appear small. For example, individuals with excess gum tissue tend to have “boxy” teeth, creating an unbalanced or asymmetrical appearance.
- Bruxism: Clenching or grinding the teeth can cause erosion over time if left untreated. As a result, the teeth can become worn down, making them appear small.
Porcelain Veneers for Small Teeth
Porcelain veneers are custom-made and crafted from thin shells of ceramic. Unlike dental crowns, veneers cover only the front portions of the teeth.
Once in place, veneers can make the natural teeth appear larger. Best of all, porcelain veneers offer incredibly natural results. In fact, veneers reflect light similarly to natural enamel.
Am I a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic treatment intended for those with healthy teeth and gums. If periodontal disease or tooth decay is present, these conditions should be addressed with restorative treatments before the veneers are placed.
In addition, patients should have a full understanding of the veneer treatment process and have realistic expectations regarding the outcome.
In some cases, porcelain veneers may not be the best solution for small teeth. For example, if your cosmetic issue involves severe misalignment or skeletal abnormalities, then orthodontic treatment may be the best route for you.
How Treatment Works
Once your doctor has determined you are a candidate for porcelain veneers, he or she will carefully remove small amounts of enamel from the affected teeth. Next, impressions will be taken and sent to a trusted dental lab. There, a skilled ceramist will fabricate your veneers, taking your unique oral anatomy into account.
Once your veneers have been made, your doctor will try them on to assess the fit. Finally, he or she will bond them into place and make any necessary adjustments.
Contact Chrisman & Wyse
If you are self-conscious about small teeth, porcelain veneers can change the size and shape of your teeth for a dazzling new smile. Drs. Chrisman and Wyse can determine your candidacy and design a customized treatment plan to meet your needs. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation at our practice, contact us online anytime or give us a call.
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