When we think about flaws that have a negative impact on our smiles, we tend to think about chips, cracks, and stains. Many people neglect to consider the size and shape of the teeth. These issues can cause people to feel extremely self-conscious about their smile, which can have a negative impact on self-esteem.
The cosmetic and restorative dentistry experts at Montreal Smiles sometimes use porcelain veneers to treat small and misshaped teeth, achieving great results. Dr. Roni Berbari and our Montreal, QC smile makeover experts explore these issues in more detail below.
Problems Caused by Small and Misshaped Teeth
Small and misshaped teeth can lead to a number of cosmetic problems and dental health problems.
Starting with the cosmetic problems, small or misshaped teeth can have a negative impact on the appearance of your smile. You may have a number of gaps between your teeth, or your smile may appear uneven or asymmetrical. If your job involves a lot of public interaction, this can have a negative impact on your performance.
In terms of dental health, issues with tooth size and shape can lead to poor dental alignment. This can result in soreness when biting and chewing, teeth grinding (bruxism), and TMJ disorders if thee matters are not addressed.
How Porcelain Veneers Work
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are affixed to the fronts of your teeth. When in place, a porcelain veneer masks cosmetic imperfections from view. Since the veneers are semi-translucent like natural tooth structure, few people will notice that you have a veneer in place.
Porcelain veneers are versatile cosmetic dentistry tools. Small teeth and misshapen teeth are just one type of dental flaw that they can treat.
Good Candidates for Porcelain Veneers
Good candidates for porcelain veneers are people who suffer from aesthetic problems associated with small or misshaped teeth. They should be in good health overall. Porcelain veneers, while effective and versatile, are only able to properly address cosmetic issues affecting the smile.
How Many Porcelain Veneers Will I Need?
That will depend on how many teeth are misshaped or small. If you suffer from other cosmetic flaws, additional porcelain veneers may be considered to improve the appearance of your smile.
Other Treatments for Small and Misshaped Teeth
If porcelain veneers are not an ideal option to treat your misshaped teeth, these other options may be considered:
- Dental Crowns - Dental crowns are caps that are designed to fit over a tooth. Since crowns come in tooth-colored varieties, placing a crown over a smaller tooth may be just what you need.
- Orthodontics - If dental alignment throws off the shape of a tooth or the overall symmetry of your smile, orthodontic care may be the right way to improve the health and appearance of your smile.
Developing a Smile Makeover Option
It is not uncommon for a combination of procedures to be used to address the needs of patients. With that in mind, our team would be more than happy to discuss custom smile makeover options with you in greater detail during an in-office consultation. Our goal is to help you smile with renewed confidence.
Learn More About Porcelain Veneers
For more information about improving the health and appearance of your smile, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist. The team at Montreal Smiles is here to help. You can reach our practice by phone at (514) 733-3933.