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4 Ways To Make Big Front Teeth Smaller

There is nothing wrong with having big front teeth. Many people love their big front teeth and the youthful look it helps them achieve. However, not everyone likes large front teeth because they can make an individual self-conscious about their smile and how others perceive them. 

Fortunately, if you’re an individual who isn’t in love with their front teeth, you don’t have to live with them forever. Nowadays, correcting large front teeth is possible.  Using cosmetic dentistry to correct large front teeth is a specialty of Huntington Bay Dental with our dentists achieving this feat in multiple ways, and most are pain-free. 

If you’re interested in learning how dentists make big front teeth smaller, we’ll explain everything you need to know about these dental procedures.

What Are Four Ways To Make Big Front Teeth Smaller? 

Making big front teeth smaller requires skills and experience because of the methods used to achieve this look. Here are a few of the dental procedures your dentist might recommend. 

1. Aligning

One of the easiest ways big front teeth can be made smaller is through a dental procedure known as aligning. This procedure uses two methods: aligners and braces. You will need to consult your dentist to determine which of the two best suits your orthodontic needs and budget. Below we’ve briefly detailed each procedure so that you know what to expect:

  • Contemporary braces: These cost-effective braces can make big front teeth smaller because they focus on the front 6 to 8 teeth. Since the braces only cover this small portion of your teeth, the alignment process is typically faster than receiving full orthodontic braces. In most cases, if your front teeth are big because of gaps, rotations, crowding, and protruding, contemporary braces should do the trick. 
  • Clear aligners: If you don’t want your mouth filled with brackets and wires but want to make your big front teeth smaller, you might want to consider clear aligners. Aligners are dental products that resemble mouthguards. They are custom-created for your mouth, and you usually have to wear them for 20 to 22 hours daily. They gently pull your teeth into alignment over 12 to 18 months. Many people opt for these because they are almost invisible and ideal for mild underbites, gaps, open bites, crowding, and overbites. 

2. Porcelain Veneers

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When your front teeth are too large, your dentist will need to trim them (we will talk more about this process later). After trimming your teeth, they will use porcelain veneers to cover any exposed dentin, the layer beneath your tooth enamel. Ultimately, they are porcelain caps placed over your front teeth to make them look more aesthetically pleasing. 

Porcelain veneers have many benefits and a few disadvantages, so you’ll need to speak with your dentist to determine if they are the right choice for you. Some of their benefits include being:

  • Long-lasting
  • Strong
  • Natural-looking
  • Stain resistant

Additionally, you’ll need healthy teeth and gums if you want to get veneers to make large front teeth smaller. If you have any decay or disease, your dentist must treat these first before you can undergo this treatment. You should also note that veneers are not a good choice if you clench or grind your teeth since you’re likely to chip or break them. 

3. Reshape Surrounding Teeth

Sometimes your front teeth can look bigger than they are because the teeth on either side are too small. Usually, this happens if you have retained your baby teeth or have peg laterals. In some instances, an adult’s teeth can have teeth that aren’t quite the right proportion or size – there’s no shame in this if this is you. 

Fortunately, a skilled dentist can build up your small laterals with dental crowns or porcelain veneers to make them more proportionate to your central incisors and face. During this process, you can also expect to have all four front teeth shaped together to create a more proportional look. 

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4. Trimming

Trimming is one of the procedures you can do to make your big front teeth smaller. However, this dental method is not recommended as often as the other options because it has drawbacks. For example, if you trim your big front teeth, you will likely need to put porcelain veneers on them to protect them. 

How does this process work? Simple. An experienced cosmetic dentist will use diamond burs and strips to trim your teeth carefully until they are at the height you want them to be. While trimming your teeth, your dentist might also narrow them by filing them down on the sides, and he or she will likely also trim the biting edges. This is done to ensure a uniform and attractive look is achieved. 

Speak With A Dentist At Huntington Bay Dental About Making Your Big Front Teeth Smaller

As you can see, there are many ways to make your big front teeth smaller if you consult a talented dentist. Fortunately, there are multiple skilled cosmetic dentists with experience making big front teeth smaller at Huntington Bay Dental. 

Our friendly, Long Island dentistry team would be more than happy to help you achieve your desired look. We also offer various other dental services should you need any other work done. So contact us, and we’ll be in touch to book you an appointment.