Some people are born with smaller than average teeth.
If you’re one of them, it’s easy to feel self-conscious of your smile, but there could be a solution. The fairly common developmental condition is called peg lateral incisors, and it describes the ice cream cone shaped teeth next to your front teeth.
If you’re looking for solutions, there are a few that you should consider.
Can dental bonding improve the appearance of my teeth?
Bonding is a quick and affordable cosmetic procedure that can significantly improve the appearance of your teeth.
Your dentist will start by removing any damaged or decayed tooth structure to make a sturdy platform for bonding. This will be followed by a light acid wash to roughen up the surface to improve bonding. Once everything is prepped, your dentist will add the shapeable paste (aka composite) and work it into the desired shape. When everything is ready, they will shine a special light on your tooth, causing the composite to cure and harden. Your dentist may have to repeat those steps a few times to make sure everything is hardened properly.
Are veneers the best way to improve the appearance of my teeth?
Are you one of those people who wishes for a new smile? Maybe you want them to be brighter, straighter, or even shaped better, but you don’t want to get braces or Invisalign.
Dental veneers may be the fairy godmother you’ve been searching for.
This powerful procedure gives you the opportunity to reshape and whiten your healthy teeth. It’s almost like getting a brand new set of teeth! They can:
- Whiten discoloured teeth
- Close the gaps in your smile
- Repair chipped or worn teeth
- Build up small or poorly shaped teeth
- Straighten crooked teeth
While they aren’t as quick bonding (they take two visits spaced a couple of weeks apart), they are much quicker than orthodontics. This means that you can see results in weeks instead of months or years.
The ceramic used has the bright lustre of tooth enamel, which makes them the most natural-looking cosmetic restorations. They’re even stronger than tooth enamel, making them very long lasting: in some cases up to 20 years!
While all of this sounds great, it’s very important to remember that they cannot repair unhealthy teeth or replace missing teeth.
What is the best way to improve the appearance of my teeth?
There isn’t a right answer to that question. It depends on the condition of your teeth, how much you want to spend, and the results you’re looking for.
If you want to weigh your options with a professional who will always have your best interest in mind, reach out to Dr. Andrea Stevens.