What Causes Short Teeth

There is a natural and progressive breakdown that affects every part of our body, including our teeth. It is perfectly normal to have a certain amount of wear occur on our teeth. For many people, the wear goes unnoticed, especially if it has taken place more gradually.

Normal teeth wear
The most noticeable tooth wear is occlusal wear that affects the biting (enamel) surface. It occurs when the enamel's surface interacts between the upper and lower teeth; specifically, specifically, wear removes material from the enamel surface.

Microdontia is a common oral problem among people. A person who has teeth smaller than normal is said to have 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 between them, making them look like baby teeth. Microdontia case varies by 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 for removing 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 exposes 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

lengthen short teeth

In Missy's case, she recognizes tooth wear and consulted with us about her short teeth. Missy's upper font teeth were less than the optimal length, and her teeth were uneven in length with discoloration. She did not have any gummy smiles, and her teeth were moderately straight, and her gums are in good shape. We decided that porcelain veneers are suitable for her front teeth treatment. With ten teeth veneers, in only three office visits, she's got the smile of her dreams.

If you have short teeth and are worried about them wearing out, it is not suitable for your well-being. Even if you have short/small or uneven teeth, porcelain veneers can fix aesthetic dental problems and minimize invasive restorations.

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