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Treatments for small teeth

  • Think your teeth are too small for your face?
  • Are your teeth tiny or hardly visible when you smile?
  • Are your small teeth accompanied by gaps?
  • Teeth appearing unusually small due to microdontia?

It’s often considered normal for a few teeth to be longer or smaller than the rest of the smile. However, in the case of a full set of smaller teeth than usual teeth, the problem might be more serious. 

If you want a quick fix to solve the problem cosmetically, then you’ll be pleased to know that there’s a lot that can be done to make your teeth appear longer. 

As cosmetic dentists in London, we’ve worked on several microdontia cases and are highly experienced in dental treatments that can make teeth appear longer and reverse tooth wear and erosion.

Small teeth faqs

How much will it cost to fix small teeth?
  • Composite bonding from £295 per tooth
  • Composite veneers from £350 per tooth
  • Porcelain veneers from £800 per tooth
  • Dental crowns from £995
What causes short teeth?

In some cases, short teeth are caused by genetic conditions, like microdontia, which makes teeth shorter than usual, making them appear more like baby teeth than adult teeth. There are different types and severities of microdontia, like generalised microdontia, where all of a patient’s teeth are abnormally small, which is rarer. Generalised microdontia is when patients do not actually have small teeth, but their teeth appear smaller because their jaws are larger. 

Small teeth can also be caused from erosive wear caused by acidic foods or general wear and tear caused by ageing. Additionally, small teeth can be caused by abrasive wear, when physical pressure is placed on the teeth from conditions like bruxism and tooth grinding. If you grind your teeth and also have misaligned teeth or a bite problem causing uneven bite forces, then chewing can accelerate the wear of certain teeth.

Do treatments differ for tooth wear and grinding?

Regardless of the cause of your small teeth, the treatments are relatively the same, except for small teeth caused by tooth grinding. If you grind your teeth unconsciously when you sleep, then we’ll have to investigate and prescribe treatments to help minimise the damage caused by bruxism, as if you’re fitted with dental veneers, for example, you could damage them through unconscious grinding. 

Are there any risks not treating small teeth?

While small teeth do not always cause physical problems or need to be treated, there is a chance of putting unnecessary stress on the teeth, which could lead to damage. For example, small or short teeth could affect how your teeth bite together, which could lead to jaw problems, eating difficulties and teeth grinding. 

Will I need braces if I also have gaps?

Your treatment might involve braces, whether fixed or removable to treat gaps of a certain size. We can use composite bonding or veneers to close gaps between the teeth, however, if they’re larger than 0.5mm, then you might require braces to fix gapped teeth.

Treatments for small teeth

Porcelain Veneers | Composite Veneers | Dental Crowns | Bonding

If you want to improve the aesthetics of your small teeth, we can perform several cosmetic procedures. Two of these are no-prep procedures, which keep your underlying teeth healthy and intact.

Composite bonding and composite veneers can fix short teeth in an hour, taking just one appointment to complete.

The only difference between the two procedures is that composite veneers cover the whole tooth while bonding only focuses on one portion.

If you want to alter your teeth permanently, you can do so with porcelain veneers or crowns, which will take up to three appointments to place, as the prosthetics are specially made to blend in with your smile rather than being directly sculpted like bonding.

Dental crowns require more tooth preparation than dental veneers, where most of the tooth needs to be filed down to hold a crown, so porcelain veneers are more recommended in the case of small teeth. 

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