Small teeth can influence the shape of the patients face, jaw position and lip support. Patients with small teeth generally have a very short lower face and thin lips. If the patient only has a few small teeth, then the appearance of the small teeth are out of balance to the normal sized teeth.
The solution for small teeth can be as simple as adding a non-invasive porcelain veneer to increase the size of the tooth. Small teeth with spaces can also have the no prep veneer treatment to fill in the spaces with teeth veneers as long as the sizes of other teeth stay in balance.
Smile reconstruction for small teeth hinges upon the cosmetic dentist’s ability to balance the sizes and the shapes of the teeth to blend together. This patient has congenitally small lateral incisor teeth that were preserved by bonding a non-invasive porcelain veneer to close the spaces and increase the sizes of the teeth. There were signs of bruxism and typically bruxism signs are irregular edges on the teeth that are chipped and worn.
What a difference two teeth can make! This patient had two teeth that were way out of line with the rest of his smile and a few other teeth with slightly irregular shapes. He was also showing signs of wear caused by clenching and grinding.
Grinding, also called bruxism, can evolve into TMJ pain, headaches, migraines, and more. For adult patients that need a smile reconstruction for small teeth, the exclusive Face Lift Dentistry® treatment by Dr. Sam Muslin can increase the size of the teeth and reconstruct a new bite without grinding down healthy teeth.
But, some patients have many small teeth which makes their teeth disappear. They don’t have facial support and you cannot see their teeth when they are talking. A new treatment using his VENLAY® Restorations is unique to Dr. Muslin’s office and has been highly successful. The treatment can benefit the entire face of the patient. Patients with small teeth were easily corrected with the Face Lift Dentistry® method.
When just two teeth are not in line, and therefore not following the same subtle arc of the rest of the teeth, they can really affect the balance of your face. Dr. Muslin showed this patient that just two veneers could transform how he felt about himself by giving him a much more refined look.
But, when patients grind down all of their teeth from years of wear, a new bite can be built without grinding down any of the natural teeth.
Porcelain veneers, for adults with small teeth, could change the shape of his teeth in just a few days. He also explained that the entire treatment would be non-invasive dentistry. There would be absolutely no shots, no discomfort and no grinding of his natural teeth whatsoever. The result would be a totally natural smile instantly by placing veneers on small teeth.
One of the biggest challenges, which very few dentists can do successfully, is matching the porcelain to the adjacent natural tooth enamel. Dr. Muslin works closely with his Ceramist to design the perfect color, translucency, surface texture, and shape so that the two restorations look exactly the same as the rest of the teeth.
If even one of these design elements is not carefully considered then the entire veneer will look out of place. Most dentists do not work with their lab during the porcelain preparation process and this is where quality is compromised. In order to control the shapes and color, Dr. Muslin works on all of his porcelain veneers personally.
After careful consideration the patient decided to move forward with small teeth bonding with porcelain veneers. His treatment began by whitening with an at home custom designed series of whiteners. After which some very minor bonding to a few of the irregular teeth, and two porcelain veneers were completed. What an amazing difference just two veneers on small teeth can make!
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