My teeth are too short, and I am self-conscious about them. Two of my sisters and a few cousins on my Mom’s side of the family have short teeth. I seem to be the only one annoyed enough to do something about it. It appears to be a genetic issue. I have been looking online for options for lengthening my teeth. From what I can see, my choices are removing gum tissue or getting porcelain veneers. Which do you recommend? Thank you. Brielle from Jacksonville, FL
Thank you for your question. Dr. Gavrilos would need to examine your teeth and gums to identify the cause of your short teeth before recommending treatment. But we will discuss possible treatment options.
Cosmetic Dentistry Options for Short Teeth
If your adult teeth are too short, cosmetic dentistry options include removing excessive gum tissue, dental bonding, or porcelain veneers. A cosmetic dentist might recommend a combination of treatments.
Removing excess gum tissue
If you have a gummy smile, a gum lift will remove excess tissue around your teeth and make them look longer. A dentist or gum specialist can use a dental laser to remove the tissue gently.
Custom-made veneers can change the shape and size of your teeth and make small teeth look larger. A dentist uses them on the teeth that show when you smile. Sometimes, a dentist may recommend a combination of gum contouring and porcelain veneers to even your smile. High-quality veneers that a dentist bonds correctly can last ten years or more.
An advanced cosmetic dentist can apply dental bonding directly to your teeth to lengthen them. A trained dentist understands how to blend and layer bonding to match the shade and translucence of your surrounding teeth. Bonding can last five years or more if you take good care of it and get regular maintenance from your dentist.
Look for an advanced cosmetic dentist and schedule a consultation to discuss your options. Ask to see before-and-after pictures of cases like yours.
Dr. James Gavrilos, an accredited cosmetic dentist in Barrington, Illinois, sponsors this post.