While orthodontics can straighten your grin, genetics are what really determine what kind of teeth you will have. It’s only cosmetic dentistry that can alter the size of your teeth from too small or too big to just right. Porcelain veneers or Lumineers will give you a natural-looking smile that complements your features.
Movie Star Smile
If there’s one thing many celebrities have in common, it’s perfect teeth. Some movie stars go a little overboard with the enhancements, however. “Chiclets” has become a pop culture term to describe poorly done, prominent caps (inspired by the square-shaped gum of the same name). You’ve seen this less-than-stellar look on celebs like Hillary Duff who suddenly appeared with too-big veneers then clearly had the procedure redone to adjust the veneers to be in better proportion to her mouth and face.
Some people are simply built with teeth that are too big for their face or far too small. Those with too-small teeth can sometimes fit into the gummy smile category as well. When this is the case, you may not smile much or be incredibly self-conscious when you do open your mouth. But you’re certainly not destined to live with these teeth forever.
The Cosmetic Solution for a Natural Look
Porcelain veneers are the best way to get the desired smile makeover when your teeth aren’t the “right” size. Before fitting the veneers, your existing teeth are shaped in such a way that the veneers are easily, quickly, and permanently attached to give you the smile you want. Porcelain veneers, it then follows, also eliminate chips, stains, or discoloration.
Lumineers are another version of veneers but they are thinner and placed over your teeth. This cosmetic dentistry procedure requires less time and less alteration to existing teeth. Only your dentist can advise you on the best treatment to fix your smile. Most of all, what you want to avoid are teeth that are too white, too square, too opaque, and that have no contouring. According to an article in The New York Times, the smiles being sought now are perfectly imperfect.