Smile Makeover for Small Teeth
Cosmetic dentistry treatments allow people to address cosmetic flaws that detract from the beauty of the smile. While these procedures are effective, sometimes a single treatment is not enough to produce the results someone is looking for. Fortunately, Dr. Edward Narcisi, who serves individuals in Monroeville, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, and surrounding areas, can combine multiple cosmetic dentistry procedures to provide patients with a complete smile makeover.
Smile makeover treatment addresses multiple imperfections at once to drastically improve the smile. Here Dr. Narcisi discusses how a smile makeover can benefit small teeth, and what type of cosmetic dentistry procedures may be performed to make the teeth look larger, healthier, and more proportionate to other facial features.
Enhancing the Appearance of Small Teeth
Many people consider large, prominent teeth to be a key feature of an attractive smile. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for some or all of the teeth to appear small. Small teeth can affect facial proportions and make the smile look uneven or unhealthy. There are numerous cosmetic dentistry treatments that can enhance the appearance of the smile by addressing small teeth. A smile makeover can combine some of these procedures to give the smile a complete overhaul.
Porcelain veneers are one of the most common treatments for small teeth. Porcelain veneers are thin ceramic shells that bond to the facial surface of the teeth to conceal aesthetic blemishes. In addition to hiding discoloration, dental stains, and superficial structural damage, porcelain veneers can enhance the size and/or shape of the teeth. Porcelain veneers can easily treat a single tooth or a large set of teeth, so they can be beneficial to patients who want to enhance the size of one tooth, or those who have a full set of teeth that appear too small.
Dental crowns are primarily considered a restorative dentistry treatment, because they can address advanced dental damage to restore the integrity of the teeth. However, dental crowns also have cosmetic applications. These restorations sit over a tooth like a small cap. They can improve the color, shape, or size of a tooth so that it blends in with surrounding teeth. A dental crown may be an appropriate treatment if a single tooth is smaller than adjacent teeth.
Gum contouring is another treatment that can be effective for small teeth. When the teeth appear small it doesn’t necessarily mean that our Monroeville patients lack substantial tooth structure. Oftentimes the teeth look small because there is excessive gum tissue covering the teeth. Gum contouring eliminates extra gum tissue to create a more balanced, proportionate gum line while revealing more of the natural tooth structure so the teeth appear larger.
When gum contouring is performed to enhance the size of the teeth, it is common to include teeth whitening as part of smile makeover treatment. This is because the tooth enamel that is revealed by gum contouring may not match the color of the enamel that has already been exposed to foods and beverages. Teeth whitening erases surface stains and gives the teeth a brighter, whiter appearance. This treatment can make the color of the teeth more uniform after gum contouring.
If small or disproportionate teeth are preventing you from fully enjoying your smile, you may be an ideal candidate for smile makeover treatment. To learn more about the cosmetic dentistry treatments that can be combined to help you achieve your aesthetic goals, send us a message online, or call (412) 373-9447 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Edward Narcisi.