Teeth that are irregularly shaped or smaller than they should be can have a negative impact on your smile, and even your oral health. Here, Dr. Thomas Tang and our Brookfield, WI dental team discuss porcelain veneers for small or misshaped teeth. We also explain why porcelain veneers are often the optimal choice for patients who wish to address this issue.
Why Do I Have Small or Misshaped Teeth?
Many individuals can blame genetics for the size and shape of their teeth. If you have a family history of small teeth, chances are, you will have them too.
There are, however, a few other reasons why your teeth may be small or misshaped:
- Trauma, such as a chip, crack, or fracture
- Erosion from bruxism (clenching or grinding the teeth)
- An uneven bite
- Effects of orthodontic malocclusion
Do I Really Need to Address Small or Misshaped Teeth?
It is obvious how a small or misshaped tooth can detract from the appearance of your smile. However, these issues can lead to oral health problems in some cases.
For instance, a small or irregularly shaped tooth can affect bite function and exert excess pressure on certain teeth. As a result, you may be prone to further problems, such as shifting, mobility, TMJ problems, or other types of damage.
Why Are Veneers a Good Choice?
Porcelain veneers are effective for masking cosmetic issues. They can alter the size, shape, and color of the anterior teeth, making them an excellent option for smiles affected by small or misshaped teeth.
Our porcelain veneers are crafted from medical-grade ceramic. Therefore, they are strong and resilient, and can last upwards of 20 years with proper care. Additionally, dental ceramic mimics the translucency of natural enamel, delivering lifelike results for our patients.
Do I Qualify for This Treatment?
Candidates for porcelain veneers should have sufficient healthy tooth structure to support the restorations. They should also be free from gum disease, tooth decay, or other dental issues that could impede the results of treatment.
To summarize, if you are in good oral health and would like to enhance the aesthetics of your smile, you are likely eligible for porcelain veneers. Your doctor can determine if you qualify for treatment during a comprehensive assessment at our practice.
Are There Other Treatment Options?
Many patients with small or misshapen teeth want to know if porcelain veneers are the only option. There are a few different ways to address the issue, including dental bonding.
This treatment involves the application of a tooth-colored resin material, which can change the shape or size of the affected tooth. Keep in mind, however, that composite resin does not reflect light in the same way that ceramic can. Consequently, dental bonding may not be able to deliver truly natural-looking results. For this reason, we typically recommend porcelain veneers to address small or misshaped teeth.
Learn More about Porcelain Veneers
If you are self-conscious about small or misshaped teeth, schedule a consultation at our practice. You can contact us online or call our office at (262) 821-1000.