My teeth are so small. What can I do to make them look more normal?

All of my permanent teeth came in very small. My friends think they are still my baby teeth and I am becoming very insecure about my smile.  What can I do to my permanent teeth to make them look a more normal size?

Thanks for your advice, Tina

Dear Tina,

We understand the concern about your permanent teeth and how it may make you feel. When our permanent teeth do not develop correctly it is called anodontia, most common in premature babies however can be a genetic disorder as well. There are also certain environmental factors that can influence teeth development. The good news is that there are some amazing dental techniques that can greatly improve your smile and bring back the confidence you are looking for.

Depending on the shape and alignment of your teeth you may be a candidate for porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns, both of these procedures are permanent, long lasting, and look very natural. Porcelain veneers cover just the front surface of the tooth, requiring very little reshaping of the tooth surface. Porcelain crowns require more shaping of the tooth surface and cover the entire tooth.

We recommend you schedule a consultation with a dentist that specializes in cosmetic dentistry and has a lot of training in the field of cosmetics. Choose wisely while searching for a dentist because cosmetic dentistry is a skillful art and takes much talent.

Post courtesy of Dr. Perry, Baton Rouge Dentist.

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