Small teeth can influence the shape of the patients face, jaw position and lip support. Patients with small teeth generally have a very short lower face and thin lips. If the patient only has a few small teeth, then the appearance of the small teeth are out of balance to the normal sized teeth.
What Are Veneers?
A veneer is mostly made of porcelain and gets bonded to the tooth to enhance its shape and color. It is designed in a way that only the top and front of the tooth gets covered. There are many ways these porcelain laminates help improve your teeth. They can close any gaps between teeth. They can whiten your dark or stained teeth or add length to misshapen or small teeth. They also have protective benefits for your damaged or chipped teeth, preventing further wear.
There are different ways that veneers can help boost your confidence and dental health.
Causes of Small Teeth
Some of the most common causes of small teeth include the following:
- Genetics – If you had parents who had issues with small teeth, chances are that you will too.
- Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)– Grinding your teeth can take its toll on tooth structure. Over time, you may wind up with small teeth because of the wear and tear.
- Issues With Dental Alignment – Crooked teeth, asymmetrical alignment, and other issues with your smile can result in teeth looking smaller or larger relative to adjacent teeth.
- Gaps Between Teeth – Tooth gaps can make normal teeth seem small, and can also make small teeth appear even smaller due to these spacing issues.
- Prominent Gums – Sometimes the teeth are fine but issues with prominent gums cause the crowns of the teeth to appear smaller.
Combinations of the above issues are also possible, which can make matters even worse.
Small Teeth Made Larger to Support the Face
What a difference two teeth can make! This patient had two teeth that were way out of line with the rest of his smile and a few other teeth with slightly irregular shapes. He was also showing signs of wear caused by clenching and grinding.
Grinding, also called bruxism, can evolve into TMJ pain, headaches, migraines, and more. For adult patients that need a smile reconstruction for small teeth.
But, some patients have many small teeth which makes their teeth disappear. They don’t have facial support and you cannot see their teeth when they are talking. The treatment can benefit the entire face of the patient.
Ideal Candidates for Porcelain Veneers
Good candidates for porcelain veneers are people who suffer from cosmetic flaws affecting smile appearance. They should be in good dental health otherwise and have realistic expectations about the process and the outcomes of treatment.
If a person has serious dental alignment issues that result in their cosmetic flaws, orthodontic care would be more ideal. If prominent gums are the issue, gum contouring surgery is a better option to consider.
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