Genetics can determine your overall health, but most people have no idea that genetics can also have an impact on how your teeth will develop.
Microdontia is an oral health problem that is quite common. Small teeth are the first sign that you may be suffering from a disorder that usually runs in families.
Adults that have microdontia may have gaps between their small teeth. This makes it appear as if they still have their baby or primary teeth. If you have small teeth and suffer from microdontia, you may not be able to chew properly, or your teeth might not fit exactly as they should. Over time, this could cause wear and tear, but thanks to 21st century modern dental restoration techniques, there are some things that you can do to improve your smile and restore your teeth.
According to Dr. Wynn Okuda, one of the most well known cosmetic dentists in the world, what can be done really depends on how severe your microdontia actually is.
Dr. Wynn and his team will give you a thorough mouth exam before determining what types of cosmetic restoration would be best for your particular needs whether it be composite bonding or crowns. Dr. Okuda may also suggest porcelain veneers that can change the shape and size of your teeth. This will make them look like adult teeth instead of baby teeth.
Porcelain or composite veneers will not remove too much of your natural tooth structure and are quite conservative when it comes to cosmetic dental restorations. Composite bonding is normally used for people who have not made the decision to have porcelain veneers or are on a tight budget. However, it may be more cost effective in the long run, as composite bonding will not last as long as porcelain veneers that offer a superior appearance and more durability.
If you have decided that you would like to improve your toothy grin, even if you do not suffer from microdontia, the American Dental Association recommends that you visit a dentist, such as Dr. Okuda, who has the training, experience, and expertise when it comes to cosmetic dentistry. Some popular cosmetic restorations treatment options include:
Composites can be used for fillings, to repair cracks or fill in gaps. Composites are designed to match your own tooth color. Made from quartz filler, or a mixture of glass, composites can withstand moderate pressure and actually adhere to the tooth, which allows your dentist to be more conservative when it comes to repairs. This means that there will be less tooth structure removed.
Veneers are designed to fit over the top of your teeth. Used on the front teeth they are an excellent choice if you have stained, decayed, crooked, or chipped teeth. The custom-made thin shells are crafted from a model of your own teeth and then manufactured in a dental lab. Veneers are irreversible as it is necessary for your dentist to remove some of the enamel on your teeth in order to accommodate your dental veneers.
Crowns are used for a variety of restorations and can actually make a tooth stronger while improving the appearance. Crowns are used for large fillings and to attach bridges. Your dentist may also use a crown to protect a weak tooth and to cover teeth that are misshaped or discolored.
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