What Causes Short Teeth
Normal teeth wearThe most noticeable tooth wear is occlusal wear which affects the biting (enamel) surface. It occurs when the enamel's surface interacts between the upper and lower teeth; wear removes material from the enamel surface.
Microdontia is a common oral problem among people. A person who has teeth smaller than average has a case of microdontia. The teeth are small, the crowns short, and the expected contact area between the teeth is missing.
Adults with microdontia may have small teeth with gaps, making them look like baby teeth. Microdontia case varies from person to person. Some have one or two short teeth, while others have most teeth less long than average.
Excessive gum tissue
A gummy smile is a condition in which excess gum tissue makes your teeth look more petite. Gingivectomy or gummy reduction surgery is required to remove excess gum tissue and expose more teeth.
Tooth extension is a standard dental treatment, whether the teeth are short due to wear, microdontia, or gummy smiles.
Tooth extension reveals more tooth structure to support crowns and fillings or reduce "gummies" in smiles by positioning the teeth' gum line. Tooth extension treatment also means applying non-surgical cosmetic treatment with dental veneers to lengthen and reshape the teeth.
Painless teeth lengthening with veneers
In Missy's case, she noticed wear on his teeth and consulted us about his short teeth. Her upper front teeth were shorter than the optimal length, and they exhibited uneven lengths with discoloration.
She showed no signs of excessive gum exposure when smiling, her teeth were reasonably aligned, and her gum health was excellent. After careful consideration, we decided that porcelain veneers were the best solution to improve the appearance of our front teeth. Applying ten porcelain veneers achieved this transformation in just three office visits, resulting in the smile of her dreams.
If you have short teeth and are concerned about their durability, better options for oral health and dental beauty may exist. Porcelain veneers address aesthetic issues with teeth and reduce the need for invasive restorations, even when teeth are short or uneven.