Teeth naturally come in a variety of shapes and sizes, which influence your oral health, confidence, and quality of life. Unfortunately, not everyone is born with a perfect smile. If you have small teeth, it’s easy to feel insecure about your child-like smile. Not only can they affect your self-esteem, but also your dental health and oral functions. Don’t worry, your cosmetic dentist in South Austin has the solutions you need to enhance your smile.
A dental crown is a custom-made cap that’s bonded over the entire surface of a tooth above the gumline. A crown is carefully crafted using advanced technology to meet your exact specifications. Modern restorations are made of all-ceramic materials to look natural.
Although crowns are effective, applying them to all your teeth isn’t recommended. Your cosmetic dentist will have to reshape each tooth to allow the crowns to fit over them. They are most often recommended for patients interested in treating 1 or 2 teeth, such as a broken tooth. If you want to treat several teeth, they’ll likely suggest an alternative treatment, like veneers.
Veneers provide a middle ground because they only cover the front side of a tooth, allowing you to maintain more tooth structure. Your dentist in South Austin will take a digital impression of your mouth to create thin shells to bond over the front surfaces of the teeth most visible when smiling. Veneers are thinner than crowns, so only a small amount of enamel is removed during the preparation process.
Besides making your teeth appear larger, veneers can be used to resolve several other aesthetic imperfections simultaneously, like tooth discoloration, chips, or minor alignment concerns.
If you aren’t comfortable with permanently altering your teeth, direct bonding may be a better option for you. A composite resin material is shaded to match your enamel, allowing it to blend in with your teeth. It doesn’t require any enamel to be removed when treating minor aesthetic flaws, like gaps or small teeth.
Direct bonding offers a lot of bang for your buck because it’s an affordable, convenient, and effective method to improve your smile quickly. However, it doesn’t have the same durability as veneers or crowns.
ACHIEVE A BIG, BRIGHT SMILE TODAY
You don’t have to live with the challenges of little teeth. Your dentist can close the spaces to prevent food particles and plaque from getting stuck between your teeth. You’ll lessen your risk of gum disease to improve your oral health while giving your confidence a boost. Your dentist will design the strategy you need to enjoy a beautiful, confident smile you’ll be proud to show off.
About Dr. Jack Fan
Dr. Fan earned his dental degree at the New York University College of Dentistry and regularly continues his training in the latest dental advancements. He combines his qualifications and experience with the art and science of dentistry to create healthy, attractive smiles. If you’re ready to say goodbye to your small teeth, contact our office today to request your consultation for cosmetic dentistry.