Having uneven teeth can negatively impact your self-confidence and your oral health. Luckily, there are treatment options available that may help to correct your tooth misalignment and help you be more confident in your smile. Today, our Mississauga dentists describe these procedures.
Why are my teeth irregularly shaped?
Teeth that are irregularly shaped or uneven can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics and teeth grinding at any stage of life. Functioning bite issues and TMJ disorder are two common dental problems that can either cause or be caused by uneven teeth. TMJ disorders are disorders of the jaw muscles, joints, and nerves associated with chronic facial pain. Any problem that prevents the complex system of muscles, bones, and joints from working together in harmony may result in TMJ.
What happens if I have uneven teeth?
Teeth that are out of proportion to your face can make you appear older, cause wrinkles, and provide insufficient support for your jaw and facial structure, among other things. As part of our cosmetic dental services at Kerhoulas Dental, our dentists can examine your smile and bite to determine if this is the case for you, then treat the issue as necessary.
What treatment options are available?
While it's important to keep in mind that treatment options are decided on a case-to-case basis below are three popular treatment options that you may want to consider if you're unhappy with your smile.
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 have the ability to improve not only the appearance of your teeth but also the function of your bite. Custom-designed porcelain veneers from our Mississauga dentists can help support proper alignment between your bite and jaw.
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.
It is possible to quickly correct some uneven teeth by "shaving off" a small amount of enamel to make them more consistent with the surrounding teeth. For minor differences, this is normally the most effective treatment.