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Our smiles are a part of our personality and define how we appear to others when we are at our happiest. Each smile is unique, however, a large number of us dislike how we look when we smile – to the point where we experience discomfort at times when we should be most at ease.
A crooked smile is one of the many reasons why someone may be unhappy with their smile. Although there are a number of treatments available for crooked teeth – such as braces, in many cases the teeth can find their way back to their old positioning.
This is where cosmetic dentistry can make a huge difference.
Whether you just have a couple of troublesome canines or you feel that almost every tooth is out of place, there are cosmetic dentistry options that can help you feel more confident with your own smile.
My teeth are uneven in size
There are a number of ways in which you can resolve this issue. Depending on its severity, simple laser contouring may just do the job, with the affected teeth being quickly and safely reshaped. Other options include orthodontic braces or clear aligners such as those developed by InvisalignTM. Dental veneers can also be applied to “even out” the appearance of overlapping teeth.
Contouring can also prove a great answer to this problem, but cases like these also give dental veneers the opportunity to shine. The great thing about veneers is that they are created by a specialist who takes a mould of your existing teeth and then works from it to sculpt brand new, natural looking shapes out of porcelain and composite resin – even adjusting the colour to match your existing set.
The result is a layer of sturdy material that is fitted to the front surface of the teeth you dislike to adjust their look and shape and perfect the symmetry of your smile.
Some of My Teeth Are Higher Up in My Gums
If you long for a more even line when you flash a grin, gum contouring is an easy and effective solution. It can also help people whose teeth appear small in comparison to their gums. The type of gum contouring you may receive depends on the amount you would like to have removed. If you wish for a very slight adjustment, you might wish to opt for laser contouring, which takes very little time to heal. However, if you wish to lose a considerable amount of gum tissue, a surgical procedure may be required.
After this kind of contouring, a simple tooth whitening procedure may be required, as the surface of the tooth below the previous gumline may seem discoloured compared to the area that was originally exposed.
My Teeth “Lean” to One Side
This issue can easily be solved using dental braces or invisible aligners, but a quicker fix can be achieved with dental veneers – which can be planned and applied within the space of weeks.
I Have Chipped or Broken Teeth
Your smile may seem crooked due to tooth damage. Depending on the severity of the chip or break, there are a number of different procedures that can be performed.
The first is a simple fix using porcelain or composite resin veneers that will cover any smaller gaps or missing corners and protect exposed material. Another option is to have a crown fitted. This is a good option for severely broken teeth and involves dental specialists creating a “cap” – usually from some form of sturdy ceramic material – to cover the damage, using the original tooth material as an anchor and visually replacing the natural tooth.
If you are struggling with the look or physical impact of crooked teeth, you may find that any number of the above procedures may help you to regain your confidence and comfort.
As we said though, every smile is unique – so in order to find out more about what is available to you and to discuss your individual needs and requirements, it’s advised that you speak with a specialist such as those at Portmore Dental.