How Can You Correct Jagged Teeth?
Vampires, werewolves and zombies are all the rage at the movies and on TV right now. But just because you’d like to meet a vampire doesn’t mean you want the same jagged, chipped and sharp teeth that could easily draw blood.
Unfortunately, due to genetics, poor dental health or accidents, some people have learned to live with a set of teeth that they are less than thrilled about. But, you don’t have to settle for a smile you don’t love, insists D. Gordon Rye, D.D.S., of Rye Smiles for Life. Devoted to combining the art, science, and technology of cosmetic dentistry with personalized care, Dr. Rye covers your dental issues from all angles to make sure that your problems are 100% resolved.
The first step to treating your jagged teeth is to work on correcting your bite. In almost every instance, Dr. Rye explains, jagged teeth are caused by the grinding of your teeth. For some, grinding their teeth can be a nervous habit or something that happens during sleep without your knowledge. Either way it can — and should — be corrected. Using a computer analysis system, Dr. Rye can determine how the teeth and jaw should be adjusted so that your bite is in the right place and more comfortable for you.
Next, your dentist will work to smooth the jaggedness of your teeth and even them out. In some instances, reshaping them will be enough to create a dramatic new look. More commonly, this will be the first step in preparing your teeth for the next stage of treatment.
When it comes to replacing your jagged teeth, you have two options — dental bonding or porcelain veneers.
- Dental bonding: A putty-like material is applied to the tooth and then sculpted to the desired shape. Once hardened, the tooth’s surface is smoothed and polished to a natural appearance.
- Porcelain Veneers: These are custom-made to fit perfectly over your original tooth, and because the porcelain is translucent, the veneers are extremely natural looking and blend in with your surrounding teeth.
The new additions will be sculpted and fitted so that they mirror the shape, size and color of the rest of your teeth. To keep your entire mouth looking perfect afterward, follow a daily cleansing routine of brushing and flossing and visit your dentist regularly for exams.
*Disclaimer: The information on this website is not intended to substitute for the medical expertise and advice of your healthcare provider. We encourage you to discuss any decisions about treatment or care with an appropriate healthcare provider.