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Porcelain Veneers for Small Teeth: Enhancing Your Smile

Craig Goldin DDS Sep 12, 2018

A porcelain veneer placed over a toothIf you have teeth that appear small, it can have a negative impact on your smile. Small teeth may can leave you reluctant to smile, speak, or laugh around others, including friends and family members. If you have a career that involves a lot of public or interpersonal interactions, small teeth can also impact your performance.

Thankfully Dr. Craig Goldin and Dr. Marcy Goldin of the Cosmetic Dentistry Institute can help. Using popular and versatile cosmetic dentistry treatments such as porcelain veneers, our Troy, MI dentists can revitalize and enhance your smile. Let’s consider the reasons why people may have small teeth and how porcelain veneers can help address these problems.

Causes of Small Teeth

Some of the most common causes of small teeth include the following:

  • Genetics - If you had parents who had issues with small teeth, chances are that you will too.
  • Teeth Grinding (Bruxism) - Grinding your teeth can take its toll on tooth structure. Over time, you may wind up with small teeth because of the wear and tear.
  • Issues With Dental Alignment - Crooked teeth, asymmetrical alignment, and other issues with your smile can result in teeth looking smaller or larger relative to adjacent teeth.
  • Gaps Between Teeth - Tooth gaps can make normal teeth seem small, and can also make small teeth appear even smaller due to these spacing issues.
  • Prominent Gums - Sometimes the teeth are fine but issues with prominent gums cause the crowns of the teeth to appear smaller.

Combinations of the above issues are also possible, which can make matters even worse.

How Porcelain Veneers Can Help

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are affixed to the fronts of the teeth. With a veneer in place, the tooth is effectively given a mask. The porcelain veneer hides the flaws underneath, and blends in with natural tooth structure seamlessly. When seen up close, in natural light, or artificial light, people will not be able to tell that you have veneers in place. Instead they’ll just think your were fortunate enough to be born with a perfect smile.

Ideal Candidates for Porcelain Veneers

Good candidates for porcelain veneers are people who suffer from cosmetic flaws affecting smile appearance. They should be in good dental health otherwise and have realistic expectations about the process and the outcomes of treatment.

If a person has serious dental alignment issues that result in their cosmetic flaws, orthodontic care would be more ideal. If prominent gums are the issue, gum contouring surgery is a better option to consider.

The Porcelain Veneers Procedure

When placing porcelain veneers, a small amount of tooth structure is removed from the front of the tooth. This allow the porcelain veneer to be accommodated and the final results to appear natural. Once prepped, the dentist takes an impression of the tooth so a custom veneer can be created by technicians at a dental lab.

When the final veneer is finished, the dentist will check the veneer for fit one last time. Minor adjustments can be made as needed before the porcelain veneer is adhered in place.

Are Porcelain Veneers Right for Me?

Thanks to porcelain veneers, patients can smile, laugh, and speak with total confidence. The final outcomes of treatment can be quite stunning, and yet still appear natural thanks to the composition and craft of porcelain veneers.

Learn More About Porcelain Veneers

To learn more about porcelain veneers and how they can help you have a beautiful smile, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry team. The Cosmetic Dentistry Institute can help you achieve your dental goals. You can reach our dentists by phone at (248) 519-1919.

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