Two days ago, I saw a dentist about my small teeth. He recommended crowns for my front teeth and the four teeth behind them on each side. That would be ten crowns total. I was shocked and asked about porcelain veneers, but the dentist said that he gets the best results with crowns and would not recommend veneers. I thought I knew my options for small teeth, but I never thought of crowns being the solution. What are my options? Thanks much. Audra from Indiana
Thank you for your question. We are happy that you are seeking advice. We highly recommend that you not return to a dentist who will grind down ten teeth for crowns to make your small teeth look larger. Crowns are an excellent way to restore teeth with severe wear or damage, but they are not the preferred option for tooth enlargement only. The dentist you saw is probably not comfortable using porcelain veneers and will not admit it.
Dr. Sirin would need to examine your teeth for definite treatment options, but we will explain some possibilities.
A skilled cosmetic dentist can enlarge your small teeth with porcelain veneers, gum contouring, or dental bonding. A cosmetic dentist will ensure that your larger teeth are proportionate with your lips, gums, and facial features. And in your case, crowns are not the answer.
You can schedule consultations with two or three advanced cosmetic dentists to discuss and compare your options for lengthening the appearance of your teeth. If you want whiter teeth, let the dentist know so that you can complete whitening treatment first. The dentist will ensure any cosmetic work matches your brighter teeth.
Best wishes on your new smile, Audra.
Elgin, Illinois cosmetic dentist Dr. Steve Elgin sponsors this post.