How Can You Change The Shape Of Your Teeth
The size and shape of your teeth are determined by your genetics for which unfortunately there is no immediate remedy. What cosmetic dentistry can do is subtly change the shape and size of your teeth through various non-invasive dental techniques.
Although changing the shape of your teeth is a cosmetic dentistry procedure, we have to acknowledge that how you feel about the size and shape of your teeth affects your self-confidence, and that directly affects how you interact with those around you. This is particularly true of people who deal with the public in their daily lives.
There are various techniques and procedures the dentist can use to alter the appearance of your teeth.
Teeth that are decay free and healthy and that only require small changes are perfect candidates for tooth reshaping. It has been found that women generally prefer more rounded teeth shapes and men prefer more squared off teeth. The dentist uses sanding strips and other dental equipment to achieve the desired effect by subtly altering the shape of your teeth.
In this technique, a tooth coloured resin is applied to your teeth and then hardened by using a special light which bonds the resin permanently to your tooth. This technique is used to correct slight abnormalities such as chipped teeth or slight gaps between your teeth. It can also be used to smooth rough edges.
Veneers and crowns are used to quite dramatically change the shape and size of your teeth. Veneers are very thin porcelain sheaths that are bonded to the front of your teeth. Veneers are most suitable for front teeth, with little or no decay, and the changes are slight.
Crowns effect far more dramatic changes to the appearance of your teeth. Crowns are generally made from porcelain and, after preparation of your teeth by the dentist, fit over your existing tooth and completely cover the visible portion of your tooth, thereby making it possible for crowns to radically alter their appearance.
Unlike other options, crowns can be used on front and back teeth and can be used on teeth that are decayed, or that have existing fillings. Crowns can also be used on teeth that are subject to considerable chewing forces. The crowns are permanently bonded to your existing teeth.
Gum Line Re-Sculpturing
If your teeth appear to be too small for your mouth, dentists can re-examine your gum line and, if desired, re-sculpt your gum line to expose more of your tooth to give them a slightly longer appearance that is then more aesthetically suited to your mouth structure.
All of these techniques are considered reasonably non-invasive and safe alternatives to more radical tooth restructuring. Whether you need subtle or dramatic changes, it really is possible to change the shape of your teeth.
Your dentist can advise you on both your dental health and cosmetic issues. So if you’re embarrassed by the shape of your teeth, make an appointment and chat your dentist about your concerns.