Altering Your Full Smile Appearance
It's important to address all of your tooth aesthetic problems as part of your whole smile, not the teeth that you feel are too large. That's why the large front teeth might actually be left untouched by some approaches to treating them.
Below are some of the dental treatment options available to you to help improve the look of large front teeth.
Reshaping Large Teeth
Simply making a person's teeth smaller is normally the easiest way to reduce their size, but this isn't always the best approach and can also increase their risk of cavities.
The reshaping of teeth, in most situations, should be considered as a last resort. Dentists normally like to preserve the natural tooth whenever possible. Thus, if there is an approach that gets the result you're looking for while preserving the tooth, your dentist will most likely take it.
Reshaping Surrounding Teeth
Your front teeth may appear too large because the teeth surrounding it, the lateral incisors, are in fact too small. This could be due to a number of cases, including a peg lateral or retained baby teeth.
But whatever the cause may be, your dentist may be able to correct the issue by making these teeth appear bigger and more proportionate with porcelain veneers.
In some cases, front teeth may appear to be large because of the contour of the gumline. If your gums are not properly contoured, it can change the shape and size of your teeth. It could be your gums covering too much of the lateral incisors, causing them to look small, or not covering enough of your front teeth, making them look big.
The good news is that gums should be able to be restored to their natural healthy position, especially if the issue is being caused by receding gums. Most dentists will investigate potential bite problems caused by receding gums if this is indeed the issue you are having.
Front teeth may also look too large - or even too small - because they are positioned too far apart. In this case, Invisalign can be a good orthodontic treatment that can move your front teeth closer together so they appear more centred in your mouth.
In other instances, the lateral incisors may not have properly erupted from the gums. In cases such as this, orthodontics might be used to get them to emerge properly so they look more proportionate with the front teeth. Invisalign, nor traditional braces, are normally recommended for this purpose, and more traditional orthodontic treatments are usually prescribed.
What's the best approach for me?
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, speak to your dentist. Your dental professional should be able to properly diagnose the issue with your front teeth and provide suitable treatment options to address your specific smile issue. Your dentist can help you understand each option and why they are recommending it for you.