Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic dental treatment that can address a wide range of dental imperfections, including minor chips, discoloration, tooth shape, and tooth size.
Many people who are unhappy with the appearance of small teeth wonder what treatment options are available. One of the most effective treatments for small teeth are porcelain veneers.
At Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group, our dentists create beautifully proportioned smiles using porcelain veneers for small teeth. Schedule a consultation at our Boston, MA practice to find out if porcelain veneers are right for you.
Causes of Small Teeth
Sometimes small teeth are simply caused by genetics. In other cases, small teeth may be something a person acquires over time. Some of the most common causes of small teeth include:
- Genetics: Small teeth may “run in the family,” meaning it is a trait inherited from a person's mother or father.
- Large Gums: Sometimes the teeth themselves aren't actually as small as they look. Instead, the gums may be so prominent that they significantly cover the teeth, creating the appearance of small teeth.
- Gaps Between Teeth: Gaps between the teeth can cause the teeth to look different in size, causing some to appear small in relation to neighboring teeth.
- Teeth Grinding: Teeth grinding, or bruxism, can physically change the size of the teeth. Teeth grinding can wear down the teeth, causing the teeth to become smaller over time.
Correcting Small Teeth with Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are one of the most effective treatments for improving the appearance of small teeth. This can be achieved through the use of thin, natural looking, tooth-shaped shells. These shells are custom-made to the desired size, shape, and color and are bonded to the front surface of the teeth, effectively masking dental flaws and enhancing the smile's appearance.
Because porcelain veneers are custom-made, each veneer can be crafted to the ideal size for each individual tooth receiving treatment. Increasing the size of small teeth with porcelain veneers can also help close gaps between the teeth for a straighter, more evenly spaced appearance.
Why Treat Small Teeth with Porcelain Veneers?
It's not uncommon for those who are self-conscious about small teeth to smile less and feel insecure. For many, small teeth pose no oral health threat. However, insecurity can have a mental toll that should not be ignored. Seeking porcelain veneers treatment for small teeth can improve the appearance of the smile, helping many to feel more confident and smile more.
Small teeth that are caused by teeth grinding can pose a risk to a patient’s oral health and should be treated. Dental wear caused by teeth grinding frequently damages the enamel layer of the teeth, increasing the risk of decay and tooth loss. Porcelain veneers can restore the structure and health of teeth affected by teeth grinding.
Find out if Porcelain Veneers Are Right for You
For more information about porcelain veneers treatment for small teeth, or to find out if porcelain veneers are right for you, we welcome you to contact our staff at (617) 523-5451 to schedule a consultation.