When you look at your teeth, you may spot some uneven teeth edges. Lots of people ask us at Time Dental if this can be improved.
The first step to dealing with uneven teeth edges is to carry out a comprehensive analysis into why the edges are uneven in the first place.
There are many reasons why uneven edges of front teeth can occur. A misaligned tooth or teeth can result in irregular wear of teeth over time. Habits such as nail biting can chip the edges of your teeth. Certain types of food such as eating lots of citrus fruits or very hard foods such as crusty bread can chip or wear your teeth. If you have a clenching or grinding habit at night, this can result in fracturing teeth. If you hold things between your teeth such as nails/screws or plastic pens. Acid reflux or medical conditions that results in Acid reflux can wear the edges of your teeth.
As you can see there are numerous reasons as to why the edges of your teeth can be uneven. Once the diagnosis has been made as to why it has occurred, then treatment options can be given.
Treatment options could be having to correct your bite and align your teeth first with orthodontics. Then composite bonding as a treatment option could be provided to restore the balance of your smile. If the reason for the wear is due to clenching and grinding then once the composite bonding has been carried out a night guard may need to be worn indefinitely to protect the teeth in the future.
Composite bonding is a minimally invasive procedure that replaces the missing part of the teeth without any preparation on them. It is also cost effective and easily repaired should the need arise in the future. Typically composite bonding lasts between 5 to 10 years.
Another option is ceramic veneers. These are extremely strong restorations that are bonded to the teeth. They can also be used to improve the colour as well as the shape of the teeth. Ceramic veneers typically look their best for 10 to 15 years.
Teeth that have significant cracks and existing restorations may need crowns to help provide extra support. These are made in the laboratory by a master ceramist. The restorations are very strong and last many years.
If you are interested in improving the edges of your teeth so you can smile more confidently, then call us on 01252 723 008 to see how we can help you.