Misshapen teeth can occur for many reasons … overcrowding due to the jaw being too small to accommodate all teeth; grinding or jaw clenching which wears down dentition unevenly; premature tooth loss allowing remaining teeth to shift; a traumatic event that alters dentition; or manipulation due to overuse of a pacifier or thumb sucking. While some of these problems are inherited making them beyond our control, there are solutions that can correct or hide them. A consultation with your cosmetic dentist will show you how.
Braces are used most often for children and teens to correct misshapen or misaligned teeth. When an overbite, under bite, or cross bite occurs, teeth appear crooked. This not only affects appearance, but dental health is put at risk. Misshapen or crooked teeth provide areas for plaque to build; this can lead to dental decay and/or gum disease.
The application of dental braces produces the result of shifting teeth to the correct occlusion. In the case of overcrowding, the need to extract permanent teeth prior to placing the braces is often needed. When the malocclusion is corrected, teeth are even and in correct alignment. Wearing a retainer is required to allow teeth to develop a memory of their new location and to prevent them from shifting back.
When teeth are uneven, chipped, ground down, severely stained, or have unwanted gaps between teeth, your cosmetic dentist may recommend a faster solution … veneers. Veneers are wafer thin shells that are made to match your teeth in size, shape, and color. Veneers can be applied to one or multiple teeth.
The veneer process can be completed in a couple of dental appointments. Your dentist will remove a thin layer of enamel from the front of teeth to be treated – this will allow the veneers to appear symmetrical with untreated neighboring dentition.
Impressions are taken; veneers will be fabricated at the dental lab. When ready to apply, they will be “tried in” to guarantee fit, comfort, and appearance. Small adjustments can be made at this time. Once they are perfect, they will be permanently cemented to the front of teeth.
Whichever avenue you choose to correct misshapen teeth, the final result will give your self-confidence a boost. With the proper care, you can enjoy your new smile for many years.
To learn more or to schedule a consultation, contact our team at Eurodental Studio today!