Everyone wants a beautiful smile, but patients with disproportionately smaller teeth may notice an impact they have to the smile’s overall appearance. Teeth that are short may have a childlike appearance, or can make you look older than you really are. They can also make patients feel self-conscious about smiling or laughing with others, which can impact their interpersonal relationships. Fortunately, with the use of several cosmetic dentistry techniques, patients can address their short teeth and smile with confidence!
What causes short teeth?
Small or short teeth can be caused by many different variables. Sometimes smaller teeth are a genetic condition that occurs naturally, just like patients with freckles, birthmarks, or other imperfections of the face and body. Other times, it may be a result of a certain disorder such as amelogenesis imperfecta. In some situations, the teeth may be the proper size and shape, but patients may have excess gum tissue that may make the teeth appear shorter than they really are.
What treatments can address short teeth?
There are a wide range of treatments available to patients that can be used to address teeth that appear shorter than normal:
- Porcelain veneers. Veneers are a great way to disguise not only short teeth, but teeth that may have visual imperfections. These thin facings are bonded over a tooth to change its appearance.
- Dental bonding. Composite resin bonding is another way for a dentist to change the shape and look of a tooth. This material is also used in addressing chipped or broken teeth. It is placed during one appointment and can last many years with proper care.
- Gum contouring. Another option to consider if a gummy smile is causing your teeth to appear short is gum contouring services. The removal of the gums and realignment of the gumline can ensure the teeth look proportionate to the rest of the smile.
Learn more about cosmetic dentistry solutions for short or imperfect teeth
Dr. Arturo Garcia of Austin, TX is here to help patients in the community improve and enhance the appearance of their smiles. If you are thinking about the benefits of addressing short teeth, we welcome you to come find the treatment that is best suited to your needs. Call the team at Smiles by Garcia today by calling (512) 402-5872 and visiting at 2530 Walsh Tarlton Lane, Ste. 210.