If you are unhappy with the size of your front two teeth, the lateral incisors, then you are not alone. In this post, our Edmonton dentists discuss treatment options available to you if you want to increase your confidence in your smile.
It's crucial to take care of all of your teeth's cosmetic issues as a part of your overall smile, not just your big teeth. Because of this, some methods of treating them may actually ignore the large front teeth.
The following are some options available to you to improve the look of large front teeth.
Reshaping large teeth
Simply making a person's teeth smaller is normally the easiest way to reduce their size, but this isn't always the best approach and can also increase their risk of cavities.
In most cases, tooth reshaping should be considered a last resort. Dentists prefer to preserve natural teeth whenever possible. As a result, if there is a method that achieves the desired result while preserving the tooth, your dentist will most likely use it.
Reshaping surrounding teeth
Your front teeth may appear to be too large because the teeth surrounding them, known as lateral incisors, are too small. This could be due to a variety of factors, such as a peg lateral or retained baby teeth.
But whatever the cause may be, your dentist may be able to correct the issue by making these teeth appear bigger and more proportionate with porcelain veneers.
Because of your gums, your front teeth may appear large at times. If your gums are not properly contoured, the shape and size of your teeth can change. It could be that your gums cover too much of your lateral incisors, making them appear small, or not enough of your front teeth, making them appear large.
The good news is that gums should be able to be restored to their natural healthy position, especially if the issue is being caused by receding gums. Most dentists will investigate potential bite problems caused by receding gums if this is indeed the issue you are having.
Sometimes your front teeth may look too large or even too small because they have been placed too far apart and thus not properly positioned. In this case, Invisalign can be a good orthodontic treatment that can move your front teeth closer together so they appear more centred in your mouth.
In some cases, the lateral incisors may not have fully emerged from the gums. In this case, orthodontics may be used to help them emerge properly and appear more proportionate with the front teeth. For this purpose, neither Invisalign nor traditional braces are typically recommended, and more traditional orthodontic treatments are typically prescribed.
What's the best approach for me?
If you are unhappy with your smile, you must consult with your dentist. They should be able to correctly diagnose the problem with your front teeth and recommend the best treatment option for you. Your dentist can explain each option to you and why they recommend it for you.