Smiles come in all shapes and sizes, and some of those sizes are significantly smaller than others. People with small or “stubby” teeth often find that their teeth don’t bite together properly, leading to eating difficulties or other issues. And even if short teeth don’t cause any physical problems, they can still make you feel shy about smiling in front of others. But even if you were born with short teeth, that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about them. The following post explores the causes of small teeth as well as potential solutions your cosmetic dentist might suggest.
What Causes Small Teeth?
When you have smaller than average teeth (or regular sized teeth that only appear to be unusually small), it means that you have microdontia. This may affect all of your teeth, or it may only apply to one or a few. Since microdontia is hereditary, you’re more likely to have it if your parents or any of your other blood relatives did. The condition could also be a side effect of a genetic disorder or development issues.
Even if your teeth aren’t naturally smaller than average, they may “shrink” over time as a result of wear and tear, especially if you grind your teeth excessively. For this reason, microdontia becomes more common as you get older. There are steps you can take to try and avoid such wear, but if the damage has already been done, you should talk to your dentist about possible ways to reverse it.
How Can You Make Small Teeth Bigger?
Microdontia can be treated in a variety of ways depending on if your teeth are actually small or just appear small. Common procedures that your dentist might suggest include:
- Dental Bonding: Composite resin is applied to the tooth in layers and hardened in place with a special light. The resin is shaded so that it looks like a natural part of the tooth. This is a good option if you only have one or a couple teeth that just need to be a little bigger.
- Dental Crowns: The entire tooth is covered with a cap-like dental restoration. Multiple crowns can be used to lengthen any number of teeth, so your dentist may recommend this treatment for cases that require more extensive work.
- Dental Veneers: Veneers are similar to crowns except they only cover the front surface of the teeth. They can be used to increase the visible size of your smile and correct any other cosmetic issues that might be bothering you at the same time.
Are you bothered by short teeth when you look in the mirror or have your picture taken? Your cosmetic dentist likely has the answers you’re looking for; all you need to do is call to set up a consultation and explain the changes you want to make. A perfectly proportionate smile could be in your future with the right treatment!
About the Practice
At Kraft & Schrott Dental Associates, we have an entire team of dental specialists that provides experienced care for all kinds of patients in the Boston area. From dental bonding to dental crowns to veneers, we have plenty of ways to improve short teeth and other cosmetic issues that might be bothering you. To schedule a cosmetic consultation, visit our website or call (617) 227-4924.