May 7, 2017
The shape of things matter. Like they say, you can’t fill a round hole with a square peg. And if you ever got a hamburger shaped like a triangle, you might not even want to eat it. People expect certain shapes to appear.
So when your teeth have the wrong shape, they simply do not look good to most people. A tiny imperfection can probably be overlooked. But what about teeth that are too small or too long? What if you have teeth with worn edges, chips, or irregular sides? These aren’t going to fix themselves, leaving you with an unsightly smile for the rest of your life.
Thankfully, there is a solution. Call our Kansas City, MO dental office today at 816-399-5539 and schedule an appointment for cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Stiver and Dr. Cummings are both highly skilled in cosmetic dentistry treatments. They can help reshape your teeth so your smile looks as good as it should.
Why Your Teeth Could Have Imperfections
There are many reasons why you might have some teeth with irregular shapes. Some people are just born that way; their adult teeth came in and were irregular from the beginning. Other times, you wear your teeth down.
You need to chew repeatedly every day, so years of mashing teeth together can lead to worn biting surfaces and edges. Excessive teeth grinding or chewing on things like pencils can just make that worse. You can also get into accidents or injuries that damage a tooth, chipping it or breaking off a tiny piece along an edge.
No matter how they came to have imperfections, you should have a smile that looks and feels healthy. Without that, you can easily feel embarrassed about your smile and lose some self-esteem and confidence.
Cosmetic Dentistry For Better Smiles
Here are some of the cosmetic dentistry treatments available at our Kansas City, MO dental office than can reshape your teeth so they look great again.
If you want fast but impressive results, then you want dental veneers. These are shell-like covers bonded to the front of your teeth. Veneers are shaped to match one of your teeth in particular, and they’re made from a material that looks and feels like healthy enamel.
Your dental veneers can also be made a little bigger in spots. This can cover up gaps between your teeth as well as any irregular sides or worn edges. Veneers even cover chips or craters in your enamel. As soon as our dentists place veneers on your teeth, your teeth look great.
Your enamel is tough, but it can get damaged. If the damage is big, then you have to get a treatment like a dental crown or dental veneer. But if the damage is small — say a tiny chip or imperfection — then you can fill in the damaged spots with tooth bonding.
This cosmetic dentistry treatment uses a tooth-colored resin that’s thick like putty. Thanks to our dentists’ advanced training and experience, they can artfully layer the resin over your teeth. This fills in craters and cracks in your enamel. And because the resin is thick, it can even fill in irregular edges to give a tooth its proper shape.
There are no nerve endings in your enamel. That can be a bad thing (such as not feeling a cavity growing there), but it can also be a good thing. You can take advantage of that through teeth contouring.
Almost the opposite of tooth bonding, teeth contouring is when our dentists carefully remove small amounts of enamel from rough and irregular teeth. It’s like smoothing out the rough spots. This treatment if quick and painless.
Sometimes, the problem with your teeth’s shape has nothing to do with the actual teeth. It’s because of your gums. If you have too much gum tissue, they can cover your teeth too much and make them look small. You don’t have tiny teeth — you just have big gums.
That’s where crown lengthening can help. In this painless treatment, our dentists will carefully remove excess gum tissue. This exposes more of your teeth, changing their shape from small to normal.