My upper two front teeth are super big and long. They stick out farther than the teeth around them. I hate seeing my smile in pictures, so I’ve started smiling with my mouth closed whenever I take pictures. I’m doing some research online about cosmetic dentistry, but I don’t see anything that will work without making my teeth look even bigger.
Do I need to have my front teeth removed and replaced with dental implants? I spoke with my dentist about this, and she said my teeth look okay because they aren’t crooked and that many people wish their teeth look as good as mine. I wasn’t asking for a comparison of my teeth to someone else’s. I was asking for some possible solutions to improve my smile. I need straight answers. What are my options for making my teeth look smaller? Thanks for your time. Cassandra
Wait! Please don’t ask a dentist to replace your front teeth with dental implants. And don’t make any decisions before consulting with an advanced cosmetic dentist. A cosmetic dentist can offer solutions that will improve your smile and preserve your natural teeth.
We understand that you want to be comfortable with your smile. Dr. Finley would need to examine your teeth before recommending treatment. But based on your description, there are a few possibilities to make your front teeth look smaller.
Ways to Make Big Front Teeth Smaller
After examining your teeth, your cosmetic dentist might recommend one of these solutions or an alternative:
- Trimming – An advanced cosmetic dentist can use diamond burs and diamond strips to trim your teeth carefully. Your cosmetic dentist might need to narrow your teeth by filing them down on the sides and shorten them by trimming the biting edges.
- Aligning – Your dentist might recommend a spring retainer to align your center front teeth with the surrounding teeth. Or, he or she might recommend Invisalign invisible braces to reposition your teeth.
- Porcelain veneers – If your front teeth are so large that your dentist must trim them a lot, after trimming them, he or she might use porcelain veneers to cover exposed dentin (the layer beneath your tooth enamel).
Don’t Entrust Your Smile Correction to a Family Dentist
Regardless of which treatment you receive, don’t leave your smile enhancement in the hands of a family dentist. Only an artistic cosmetic dentist can make your teeth smaller and achieve natural-looking results. Otherwise, the results can drastically detract from your smile and be very expensive to correct.
David Finley, DDS, an accredited fellow of cosmetic dentistry in Monroe, LA, sponsors this post.