If you have short or small teeth, it can sometimes present difficulties with chewing, cause teeth grinding and trigger jaw pain. While many people are fortunately able to avoid these problems, having small teeth impacts the appearance of their smile. As you continue reading, find out what causes small teeth in Parsippany and discover what you can do to achieve a balanced and attractive new image!
What Causes Small Teeth?
Teeth that develop or look small are referred to as microdontia. Here are the three categories of the condition:
- True generalized – All of the teeth are smaller than average. This is usually brought on by a condition called pituitary dwarfism (a growth hormone deficiency).
- Relative generalized – Teeth may be normal in size but appear small in comparison to a larger than normal jaw, or the gums extend too far over the teeth.
- Localized – This is the most common type of microdontia (usually seen in the upper teeth), where only one or several teeth are affected.
No matter which group your smile flaws fit into, what’s most important is to know that they can be addressed.
How Porcelain Veneers Can Help
A form of cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers are thin ceramic shells that are custom designed to fit naturally into your smile line. A cosmetic dentist achieves this by ensuring that the veneers match the color and shape of the surrounding teeth. Their low-profile, slim design allows veneers to mask smile flaws and create the appearance of larger teeth.
How the Porcelain Veneers Procedure Works
The dentist will start by removing a thin layer of enamel (usually around ½ mm). This will allow the veneers to fit flush with the other teeth. Then, bite impressions will be taken and sent to a trusted lab that specializes in fabricating veneers. This usually takes around two weeks to complete.
To prevent any damage to your teeth while you wait on the finished veneers to arrive from the lab, the dentist will place temporary veneers. During this time, it’s best to avoid eating hard, crunchy, chewy or darkly pigmented foods.
When the finished veneers arrive, the dentist will place them using dental cement. Once they’re in position, any necessary final adjustments will be made. This may include perfecting the shape and alignment of the veneers to create an aesthetically pleasing smile.
If you’re looking for a solution for your small teeth, reach out to a cosmetic dentist in Parsippany. With your smile upgraded, you can look forward to experiencing a more confident life!
About the Author
Dr. Alan Rauchberg earned his dental degree from the Temple University School of Dentistry. An avid learner, he has consistently taken at least 100 hours of continuing education annually throughout his career. Dr. Rauchberg understands how important it is to have a nice smile, which is why he offers porcelain veneer placement for patients with small teeth. He changes lives, one smile at a time, at Rauchberg Dental Group, and he can be reached for more information or to schedule a visit through his website.