Are Your Teeth Too Big? What Can You Do?
Dental aesthetic problems can be handled as a part of your whole smile, not just your big teeth. Therefore, the large anterior teeth may not be touched in some treatment approaches.
Here are some options to help you improve the appearance of large anterior teeth:
Reshaping Big Teeth
Simply shrinking a person’s teeth is normally the easiest way to reduce teeth, but this is not always an ideal approach and can increase the risk of tooth decay.
In most cases, reshaping teeth should be considered as a last resort. Dentists normally want to preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible. Therefore, if another approach can be used to provide the result you are looking for while preserving the tooth, your dentist will likely agree.
Reshaping of Surrounding Teeth
Your front teeth may appear very large because the teeth surrounding them, namely the lateral incisors, are actually very small. This can be due to a number of cases, including retained milk teeth.
However, whatever the cause, your dentist can correct the problem by making these teeth appear larger and proportionate with porcelain veneers.
Sometimes your front teeth look big because of your gums. If your gums are not properly shaped, it can change the shape and size of your teeth. Your gums can cover the lateral incisors too much, making them look small, or they can cover your front teeth enough, making them look large.
The good news is that the gums should be able to be returned to their natural healthy position, especially if the problem is due to gum recession. Most dentists will investigate possible bite problems caused by gum recession, if this is indeed the problem you are experiencing.
Sometimes your front teeth can look too big or too small because they are too far apart and therefore not placed properly. In this case, invisalign can be a good orthodontic treatment that brings your front teeth closer together, making them look more centered in your mouth.
In other cases, the lateral incisors may not have come out of the gums properly. In this case, orthodontics can be used to make them look more proportional to the front teeth. Invisalign or conventional braces are not normally recommended for this purpose and more traditional orthodontic treatments are often recommended.
What’s the Best Approach for You?
If you are not satisfied with your smile, you should definitely talk to your dentist. They should be able to accurately diagnose the problem with your front teeth and offer the best treatment option for you. Your dentist can help you understand each option and why they recommend it for you.