Improve Your Smile with Veneers

Improve Your Smile with Veneers

It doesn’t take much to throw off your smile. Discoloration, chips, cracks, gaps, and odd shapes can make you feel self-conscious and hesitant to smile and laugh out loud.

You don’t have to live that way.

Dental veneers can correct all those smile-ruining problems and make you proud to show off your pearly whites. At Innovative Dental Ideas in Hilliard, Ohio, James Butler, DMD and our team of experts specialize in keeping your mouth both healthy and beautiful. So, if you have a dental problem that’s keeping you tight-lipped, we can help.

Here, Dr. Butler explains one of the most common cosmetic complaints — misshapen teeth — and how veneers can solve the problem.

What causes misshapen teeth?

Around age six, most kids start losing their baby teeth to make way for their permanent, or adult, teeth. This is one stage in the development of human teeth called the odontogenic process, which begins in utero about eight weeks after conception when tiny dental buds form. 

Teeth continue to develop in unborn babies under the surface of the gums, including roots and crowns, until all the primary teeth are formed and lie waiting to erupt around six months after birth. Even permanent teeth develop in the womb, beginning at about 20 weeks and continuing for about 10 months after birth.

If anything interferes with odontogenesis, you may develop too many teeth (hyperdontia), too few teeth (hypodontia), or misshapen teeth. Here, Dr. Butler takes a deeper dive into the factors involved in misshapen teeth.

Medical causes of misshapen teeth

Certain medical conditions can affect the formation of developing teeth, including:

Although these are rare congenital diseases, they’re known to disrupt tooth development and cause missing or odd-shaped teeth. 

Environmental causes of misshapen teeth

Trauma that chips or breaks a tooth can leave it lopsided and smaller than its original self. 

Studies also show that dental hygiene habits and the fluoride content in water can affect the development, and therefore the shape, of teeth.

But the main environmental cause of misshapen teeth is bruxism, or teeth grinding. Whether you do it consciously or while you sleep, the constant wear-and-tear changes the shape of your teeth, leaving them flatter and smaller.

Genetic causes of misshapen teeth

Genes dictate everything about you, including the shape of your teeth. Your family may be known for having a gap in the front of their smiles, extra large chompers, or tiny eye teeth. Chances are, you can blame genetics for the shape and size of your teeth.

Types of misshapen teeth

Misshapen teeth come in a variety of types, depending on their cause, location, and visual appearance, including:

Mulberry molars

Typically traced to a pregnant mother with syphilis, the child’s emerging adult molars have a cluster of small bumps that resemble a mulberry bush, hence the name mulberry molars.

Hutchinson teeth

Also caused by congenital syphilis, Hutchinson teeth emerge malformed and look like they’re notched or triangular, widely spaced, and stumpy. This usually affects incisors and molars. 

Peg lateral incisors

If the tooth to the left or right of your two big front teeth is comparatively small and conical, you have a peg lateral incisor, or an underdeveloped tooth. 

How veneers fix your misshapen teeth

If you weren’t born with perfectly shaped teeth, we can fix that with veneers. Like a jacket that slips over the front-facing parts of your teeth, thin-shelled veneers cover imperfections, close gaps, and mask odd-shaped teeth.

And there’s no need to wait for weeks once you decide to get veneers. While most practices take impressions of your teeth and send them to an off-site lab for manufacturing, we have all the technology and expertise we need right here in our state-of-the-art facility. 

Dr. Butler determines the best size, shape, and color of porcelain veneer that will make your smile spectacular, then shaves off a very thin layer of your enamel to make room for the veneer. Once it’s adhered to your tooth, it’s there to stay, lasting for years with normal care. 

To learn more about what veneers can do for you and the other cosmetic treatments we offer, such as crowns, teeth whitening, and dental implants, schedule an appointment by requesting one online or by calling our friendly staff at 614-529-0062 today. 

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