How Do I Change the Shape of My Teeth? [Ask a Dentist]

change shape of teethSomething just seems a little off about your smile and you haven’t quite been able to put your finger on it. It’s not that your teeth are gapped or crooked. The color seems fine. You don’t suspect any decay, either.

But now you realize that it’s the shape of your teeth themselves that seems odd.

Maybe you have “fang-like” canines or front teeth that look too tiny. Perhaps one tooth looks more round than its neighbor.

At any rate, you’re now wondering about one of the most popular cosmetic dental questions: is it possible to change the shape of my teeth?

You’ll be pleased to hear that the answer is “yes!” Here are a few of the ways you may be able to change the shape of your teeth.

Dental Crowns

A crown is the most drastic way to redesign your tooth’s shape. To get a dental cap, a dentist removes the outer layer of your tooth and covers it with an imitation layer made out of a material like ceramic or porcelain.

Crowns provide strength, beauty, and protection. They’re ideal for teeth misshaped from decay or fracture.

Dental Veneers

Veneers are on the next step under crowns. They don’t cover the entire tooth – just the front to give the illusion that your tooth has a new shape. Veneers are slim pieces of porcelain that replace the outer layer of enamel on upper front teeth. You could choose to get just one or several to complete your look.

Dental Bonding

For an instant smile-enhancement, a little dental bonding will go a long way.

Bonding is when Dr. Satnick carefully molds a tooth-colored filling material to your tooth to improve its shape. This process is fast and doesn’t require much anesthesia, if any at all.

Dental bonding fixes up the edges and surface blemishes of a tooth, so it isn’t as comprehensive or durable as veneers or crowns.

Tooth Recontouring

“Can I change the shape of my teeth without cementing anything to them?” you now ask.

Yes, that’s a possibility, as well!

Dr. Satnick can gently buff away excess enamel to make a tooth better match its neighbors. It doesn’t hurt at all and takes only a couple minutes.

Esthetic enamel shaping is best for teeth that have extra bulk. If filing away excess enamel would compromise your tooth, then you’ll have to consider the other options listed above.

A Beautiful Smile Is a Healthy Smile!

All of the options above have their pros and cons. They differ in cost and procedure time and some options last longer than others. To find out which is right for you, visit Dr. Satnick.

Enhancing your smile with cosmetic dentistry can also improve your oral health, overall. When you invest in how your smile looks, you’re going to work hard to care for it. Health is the foundation of a beautiful smile!

To get the smile of your dreams, you need the best cosmetic dentist in Ventura, CA. Call Dr. David Satnick DMD today to schedule your smile makeover consultation.

Do you have questions about your oral heath?

Schedule an appointment with Ventura cosmetic dentist Dr. David Satnick, DDS, or for more information call 805.639.3050 now!

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