How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Correct Uneven Gums And Teeth

27 October 2022
 Categories: Dentist, Blog

Small imperfections can ruin an otherwise beautiful smile. If just one front tooth is slightly larger than the rest, you may feel self-conscious when smiling. Uneven gum tissue also stands out, especially when that uneven gum tissue is in the smile zone. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry has several approaches for treating misshapen or uneven teeth and gums.

Invisalign corrects crooked teeth discreetly  

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment, like braces, that uses clear and removable aligners. Invisalign excels at treating minor to moderate cases of crooked or crowded teeth. In other words, if your teeth overlap or are at the wrong angle, Invisalign can correct these issues.

Patients choose Invisalign because the aligners are clear and removable.

Tooth contouring changes the shape of teeth

Cosmetic dentists can change the shape of teeth by using a polishing tool to remove a tiny amount of enamel. For instance, if one of your central incisors is larger than the other, a cosmetic dentist can reduce the size of the larger incisor by removing some of its enamel. Tooth contouring is also useful when part of a tooth has a small chip that causes the tooth to look uneven in shape.

Bonding changes the shape of teeth

Cosmetic dentists can add more volume to teeth too. This task is done by adding composite bonding to teeth. Because composite bonding is putty-like, a cosmetic dentist can place it onto part of a tooth and then mold the composite bonding into the desired shape. Afterward, the dentist can then harden the composite bonding using a special light.

Composite bonding is useful for fixing teeth that are uneven due to chips or size differences. Color isn't a problem because composite bonding can be mixed in a shade that matches your natural tooth color.

Veneers cover teeth

Veneers are thin porcelain shells that cover the entirety of the frontal portion of teeth. A good example of using veneers to correct unevenness is using two veneers to cover two peg laterals. Peg lateral teeth are much smaller than the surrounding teeth, and this fact means they stand out. Veneers can cover peg laterals so that the lateral incisors have a natural size and shape.

Gum contouring shapes gum tissue

If a patient has uneven gums, a cosmetic dentist can treat this issue by using a special laser to remove and reshape the patient's gum tissue. Gum contouring is also a good approach for treating gummy smiles that show tooth much gum tissue when smiling. 

Do you struggle to smile with confidence because your teeth or gums are uneven? You may need the help of a cosmetic dentist. 

To learn more, contact a company like Dan Czapek, D.M.D.