My left and right lateral incisors are way too short. I am 33, so there is no hope of a growth spurt. Can my teeth be moved down with braces or lengthened somehow? My sister thinks porcelain veneers might work, but I really don’t want them. – Leayah from ATL
Leayah – An examination and diagnostic studies are required to determine why your lateral incisors are too short. The examination will reveal if your teeth are fully erupted and properly positioned. If they are, orthodontic treatment is probably not the answer.
What Are the Options for Short Lateral Incisors?
An artistic cosmetic dentist can determine your treatment options if your lateral incisors are too short. Some possibilities are listed below.
- Gum contouring – Using a dental laser, a dentist can shorten and contour your gums around your incisors to give them a more extended appearance. This is a possibility only if gum contouring does not expose tooth roots.
- Cosmetic bonding – Dental composite can match the color and translucency of your natural teeth. A cosmetic dentist will clean and lightly etch your teeth. After applying dental bonding, the dentist will shape and harden it, then polish it for a natural look. If you receive quality dental bonding, take care of it and have it regularly maintained by a cosmetic dentist. It can last five to ten years or more.
- Porcelain veneers – A cosmetic dentist will bond thin layers of porcelain will bond to your incisors. Your incisors may need minimal tooth enamel removed to prevent veneers from looking bulky. Porcelain veneers won’t stain. They can last up to 15 years.
Whether you receive porcelain veneers or some other form of cosmetic dentistry, the quality, durability, and look of the restoration you receive depend on the skill of the cosmetic dentist you choose. We recommend consulting two or three experienced cosmetic dentists. Ask about each dentist’s training, credentials, and experience. Also, ask to see photos of each dentist’s patient cases like yours.
San Antonio dentists Dr. Gilberto Tostado and Dr. Karina Acuña sponsor this post.