San Francisco, CA – You know the importance of daily brushing and flossing and regular visits with a San Francisco dentist to keep your smile healthy and beautiful. But, there is one thing that is out of your control when it comes to your smile, and that is genetics.
“When people say we have our father’s eyes, or are lucky we inherited our mother’s gorgeous skin, it’s a great thing,” says cosmetic dentistry expert Dr. Greg Larson. “But sometimes, our relatives give us something we don’t love. The shape and size of your teeth, and even sometimes your oral health, can be an inherited trait, and for those who suffer from microdontia, it’s often one that isn’t welcome.”
So what is microdontia? It’s a condition in which the permanent, adult teeth are too small. And unfortunately, it tends to be hereditary. If you think it looks like you have children’s teeth when you smile, you might suffer from microdontia.
In addition to small teeth, adults with microdontia often have gaps between their teeth. This is because the teeth are too small to fill the mouth, and the smile is left looking like it is still made up of baby teeth.
You may be embarrassed by your smile, but those small teeth can also be doing harm to your overall oral health. Chances are, you may not be able to chew properly because your teeth don’t fit together the way they should. And this abnormal wear and tear from an improper bite can lead to breaking, chipping and cracked teeth over time.
But by visiting a skilled cosmetic dentist like Dr. Larson can offer you the healthy, functioning smile you’ve always wanted.
In some cases, your smile may be restored using porcelain veneers. Veneers fit right over the top of your teeth, and can conceal virtually any imperfection in your teeth. The size of the veneer can be customized to make your tooth look the right size for your mouth.
Composites are another option. This is tooth colored material typically used in fillings. It can be bonded directly on to your natural enamel to widen or lengthen your teeth to their desired sizes. This is an option for smaller restorations.
Crowns offer the most coverage and strength. A crown is essentially a cap that covers the existing tooth. It can be customized to be the exact size, color and shape to give you the most beautiful smile.
To determine which restoration is right for you, Dr. Larson will perform a thorough exam to understand exactly what level of microdontia you are facing, and to determine your smile goals. Working together, he’ll create a treatment plan that will provide you with a beautiful, functioning and mature looking smile that you’ll be proud to show off.
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