Can You Make Short Teeth Longer?

You may have been born with short teeth, or you may have developed them later in life. Whatever the reason is, you may be wondering if you can make your short teeth longer.

Below is more information about short teeth, the causes, and whether or not you can make short teeth longer.

Why Are My Teeth Short?

There are different conditions that can cause short teeth. Below are some of the reasons why your teeth may be short:

* Genetics. One common reason for short teeth is genetics. The genetic condition that leads to the formation of short teeth is microdontia. This condition causes the teeth of a patient to develop shorter than normal, or to appear shorter. There are a few different forms of microdontia. These include true, localized, and relative. True microdontia is very rare and involves all of the patient’s teeth being smaller than usual. Localized microdontia is more common and involves the patient developing one or a few shorter teeth. Finally, there is relative. Relative is a little different, in that the teeth aren’t actually smaller, but the jawbone is larger than normal or protruding. This causes the appearance of shorter teeth.

* Excessive gum tissue. For some people, gum tissue covers more of their teeth than normal. This excessive gum tissue creates the appearance of shorter teeth.

* Wear. Bruxism and acid reflux are conditions that can wear the teeth down and cause them to become shorter. Acid reflux is a condition in which the stomach acid of a patient makes its way up the throat and often into the mouth of the patient. This acid wears away at the teeth. Bruxism is a separate condition that is categorized as the grinding or clenching of the teeth (often at night). There are treatments for both of these conditions and, if you notice any symptoms, it’s important to schedule an appointment with your dentist before damage is done to your teeth.

Can You Make Short Teeth Longer? If So, How?

Yes, there are a few ways that you can make short teeth longer. Below are some common methods:

* Gum contouring. If your short teeth are caused by long gums, gum contouring can help. This reshaping will allow more of your natural teeth to show.
* Dental bonding. Dental bonding is a procedure that involves the use of resin to cosmetically repair teeth. Bonding can help with lengthening teeth, but only in minor cases.
* Dental veneers. Dental veneers are prosthetics that create the appearance of longer teeth. They are attached to a natural tooth, which is reshaped.
* Dental crowns. Dental crowns replace the entire crown of a tooth. They are the most drastic replacement option and are generally only used if bonding or veneers aren’t good solutions.

Reach Out Today

If you have excessive gum tissue or short teeth, reach out to our office today. We’ll schedule an appointment for a top dentist to take a look at your teeth, gums, and jawbone to determine the cause of the condition. From there, a custom treatment plan will be created to address the issue and make your short teeth longer.

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