An in-person consultation with a dentist is necessary to evaluate whether you’re a good candidate for veneers or not. That being said, porcelain veneers are usually considered a great option to correct teeth that are too small, and improve the proportions of your smile.
If you have small teeth and are interested in improving them through porcelain veneers, contact Austin dentist Dr. John Schmid today at 512-329-5967 to schedule your complimentary initial consultation.
How Can Porcelain Veneers Help with Small Teeth?
Sometimes adult teeth grow in too small, with excessive gaps or a short visible surface area that detracts from the aesthetics of your smile. One of the best ways to treat small teeth is through porcelain veneers. Veneers can create the illusion of longer, wider teeth that fit neatly in the mouth. Benefits of porcelain veneers for small teeth include:
- Long-lasting and durable
- Does not interfere with your bite
While you may think that orthodontic treatments are the best choice for gaps, sometimes this isn’t the case. If your teeth are fairly straight and the main reason for your gaps is just that your teeth are small, porcelain veneers are likely the better option. Trying to bring teeth with excessive gaps closer together through orthodontics can lead to bite problems and jaw misalignment.
How Do Porcelain Veneers Work?
Porcelain veneers are made of thin yet strong dental porcelain that mimics the natural translucency of real dental enamel. They can be customized to match your existing teeth, and can even be made with tiny flaws so that your smile isn’t unnaturally perfect (unless, of course, a blindingly perfect Hollywood smile is what you want!).
Porcelain veneers are bonded to the front of your teeth, and in order to fit comfortably your natural teeth are filed down. The extent that your natural teeth need to be altered depends on your unique circumstances. Some people only need minor prep, while others may need more extensive prep.
Once your teeth have been prepared, you’ll be fitted with temporary veneers while your permanent ones are created in the lab. You’ll need to wear these temporary veneers until your permanent ones are ready. This can take a week or two.
After your permanent veneers are placed, they should feel comfortable in your mouth. You don’t need to take special care of them, just make sure to follow good oral hygiene habits and refrain from potentially harmful actions like chewing ice or using your teeth to open packages. Eating overly sticky foods can also cause porcelain veneers to loosen and may cause problems over time.
Schedule Your Porcelain Veneers Consultation
Our patients find that porcelain veneers can completely transform their smile. If your small teeth are causing you embarrassment or self-consciousness, please don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with Dr. Schmid by calling 512-329-5967 today. Initial consultations for porcelain veneers are free, and he will be able to tell you if you are a good candidate for the procedure.
We serve patients in Austin, Bee Cave, Lakeway, and other nearby areas of Texas.