You want to go out and have a good time with your friends, but you tend to have a tough time really enjoying yourself because you’re embarrassed by your smile. One or more of your teeth are too small or short, which makes you feel self-conscious about showing off your pearly whites. If this is something you’re experiencing, you probably wonder: why are my teeth small and how do I fix them? Your local dentist can help you understand the reasons why you have small teeth in Dallas and the various treatment options for fixing them.
Why Do You Have Small Teeth?
Teeth that are either small or appear smaller are known as microdontia. Though most people naturally have a few small teeth, some have more smaller teeth than is average.
Microdontia is usually hereditary, but sometimes it can be a symptom of a genetic disorder. Another possibility is that your teeth have become smaller due to wear and tear, damage, or excessive teeth grinding.
Short teeth can throw off your bite, which can lead to conditions like tiredness, headaches, and facial pain. If left untreated, small teeth can wear down to the point where the raw nerve is exposed, causing severe discomfort and sensitivity.
Can You Fix Small Teeth?
Fortunately, if you feel your teeth are too small or causing problems, you can get them fixed! There are a couple of cosmetic treatment options that can help you do this: dental crowns and porcelain veneers.
A dental crown is a custom-made porcelain (ceramic) cap that can slip over a tooth, restoring its strength, function, and appearance. The crown will be shaded to match the enamel of your surrounding teeth and placed over smaller teeth to help correct their shape and cosmetic appearance. Crowns can also repair teeth that have been weakened or severely cracked, serving as a restorative treatment as well as cosmetic.
Once placed, your crown can last many years with proper oral hygiene. One thing to keep in mind is their cost when treating multiple teeth as well as the necessary preparations on your natural teeth before impressions are made.
As one of the most popular cosmetic options, porcelain veneers can provide a complete makeover for your teeth. By affixing a thin porcelain shell to the front sides of your teeth, and then cementing them to the natural teeth, you will essentially have a brand-new, customized smile! Not only will they appear as natural as ever, they will also be more resistant to stains and give you a brighter smile than before.
You and your dentist will decide on the specifications for your new smile during your first visit, addressing any issues with small teeth. After your second visit, you will have your porcelain veneers permanently bonded.
Now that you understand the reasons for small teeth and treatment options, you’ll have the confidence to decide which is best for your situation. You’re well on your way to having your dream smile!
About the Practice
Dallas Esthetics is a state-of-the-art dental office located in Dallas, TX. Dr. Higginbottom, Dr. Derksen, and Dr. Hildebrand practice dentistry here, providing restorative and cosmetic services for any dental issues, including dental crowns and porcelain veneers for small teeth. Using advanced technology with your comfort in mind, you can be sure to have any of your dental needs met. If you have any questions on cosmetic dentistry, visit their website or call 214-827-1150.