5 Treatments to Correct Teeth That Are Uneven in Length
When your teeth are uneven in length, you can't smile without feeling self-conscious. Fortunately, this is a simple problem to fix. If you struggle to smile with confidence because your teeth are uneven in length, then the following dental treatments can help to correct your issue.
1. Gum Recontouring
Teeth sometimes appear uneven in length because the gum line is uneven. In other words, a tooth has more gum tissue covering it than its neighbor has. A dentist can correct this issue by recontouring or sculpting the gum tissue. This treatment will lift the gum tissue and create an even look.
2. Tooth Recontouring
This process is similar to gum recontouring but involves tooth enamel rather than gum tissue. If one tooth is longer than its partner is, then a dentist can remove some of the enamel from the longer tooth. They will only remove a tiny amount of enamel. And once they have removed the enamel, the dentist will smoothen the edges by polishing the tooth.
3. Composite Bonding
Rather than shortening the longer tooth, this procedure adds to the shorter tooth. This is a good procedure if you think your teeth are a little on the short side. Your dentist will add some composite resin to the shorter tooth before curing the resin with UV light. Before adding the resin to your tooth, the dentist will select a shade that matches your natural teeth.
4. Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers don't just lengthen teeth, they cover them in their entirety, changing the length, color, shape, and size according to your needs. You can opt to place just one porcelain veneer onto the shorter tooth, but you can achieve a uniform look if you opt for two to four porcelain veneers. But do bear in mind that you will need to sacrifice some enamel to make room for the veneers.
A long-term solution to uneven teeth is braces. Sometimes, teeth are uneven because a tooth hasn't erupted all the way out of the jawbone. In this case, braces can help to pull the shorter tooth down, though this process works by exerting a gentle pressure over months or more. Eventually, the shorter tooth will be level with its partner. Unlike the other treatments, this treatment won't affect your gum tissue or enamel.
If your teeth are uneven in length, then one of these treatments can help to even out your smile. Arrange for a dental checkup. Once your dentist has examined your teeth, you can then choose an appropriate treatment.