Uneven teeth can hurt your self-esteem. Fortunately, there are treatment options available that should restore your teeth to the point where you don't mind smiling. Our Warman dentists describe these procedures and how they can benefit your teeth in this post.
How teeth become irregularly shaped
Teeth that are irregularly shaped or uneven can result from a number of factors, including genetics and teeth grinding at any age. TMJ disorder and functioning bite issues are two common dental problems that can be caused or exacerbated by uneven teeth. TMJ disorders are problems with the jaw muscles, joints, and nerves that cause chronic facial pain. TMJ can be caused by any issue that prevents the complex system of muscles, bones, and joints from working in unison.
What happens if I have uneven teeth?
Teeth that are out of proportion to your face, among other things, can make you look older, cause wrinkles, and provide insufficient support for your jaw and facial structure. Our dentists at Warman Dental Centre can examine your smile and bite as part of our cosmetic dental services to determine if this is the case for you, and then treat the problem as needed.
What treatment options are available?
Bear in mind that treatment options are decided on a case-to-case basis. Depending on your case, you may be a candidate for one of the following options:
Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-coloured materials that are used to cover the front surface of teeth to change their appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of your teeth and can alter their colour, shape, size, or length.
Veneers can enhance not only the appearance of your teeth but also the function of your bite. Our Warman dentists can help support proper bite and jaw alignment with custom-designed porcelain veneers.
Dental bonding may be recommended to repair tooth damage, fill a gap between two teeth, or improve the appearance of misaligned teeth.
When it comes to cosmetic dental treatments, dental bonding is usually one of the least invasive. The composite bonding material can be shaped, hardened, and polished to blend in with the tooth being repaired. The material's colour can be adjusted to closely match the colour of your surrounding teeth.
Dental bonding is commonly used to repair chipped or discoloured teeth, but it is also commonly used to close gaps between teeth and to change the colour and shape of teeth to try and achieve a more symmetrical, cohesive appearance.
Some uneven teeth can be quickly corrected by "shaving off" a small amount of enamel to make them more consistent with the surrounding teeth. This is usually the most effective treatment for minor differences.