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Detroit patient asks, "Is there a cosmetic solution for small teeth?


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Many of us have small imperfections in our smiles. Few people have symmetrical, ideally proportioned, straight, and dazzling white teeth naturally. At the advanced dental practice of Richard S. Bernstein, DDS, serving patients from Farmington Hills, Walled Lake, West Bloomfield, and surrounding communities in metro Detroit, our professional dental team offers a comprehensive array of cosmetic, family, reconstructive, and progressive dentistry, as well as treatment for gum disease, sleep apnea, and orthodontic alternatives.

One area of concern for some patients may be the appearance of small or shorter than average teeth. This condition can occur when the gum line is too low or if a patient grinds his or her teeth, creating excessive wear.

Dr. Bernstein, a recognized and respected doctor of dental surgery, DDS, is known for his dramatic and successful smile transformations and complete smile makeovers. He is the only dentist in Michigan who is accredited by the American Society of Dental Aesthetics and during 30 years in practice, he has trained with the world's most renowned dentists and physicians.

For patients who wish to change the aesthetics of their smiles, whether due to teeth that are too small or other concerns, porcelain veneers may be a treatment to consider. As the name veneer implies, thin porcelain shells are applied to the fronts of the teeth and may be shaped and designed to the patient's specifications. Because porcelain is a material that mimics many of the characteristics of the tooth's natural enamel, such as reflecting light, responding to temperature changes, and resisting staining, it is ideal for dental procedures.

During a thorough complimentary consultation with Dr. Bernstein, a personalized plan of care will be developed. A patient may wish to bring photographs or other images of the type of smile that they desire. If porcelain veneers are determined to be the most appropriate solution, the patient's teeth will be prepared by removing a small amount of enamel so that the veneers can bond securely. The porcelain veneers will be tested for the best color, length, and width before being applied to each tooth. The bonding agent is hardened with light technology and Dr. Bernstein completes the procedure by precisely trimming, shaping, adjusting, and polishing the material.

Porcelain veneers are a versatile treatment that can resolve many problems with the teeth, such as:

  • Teeth that are too small or short
  • Discoloration
  • Excessive wear and tear
  • Irregular shape
  • Bulges or indentations
  • Gaps
  • Chips and breakage
For more information about porcelain veneers and smile makeovers, contact us today at 248.636.2100.


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