Your cosmetic dentist can recreate a youthful smile line by veneering or crowning the front two teeth to make them longer. “The key is having the two front teeth mirror each other,” explains New York City cosmetic dentist Jason Kasarsky, DDS. “When they are symmetrical and in harmony, people will focus on your eyes, not look down at your teeth.” Bonding can also be used as long as your bite is favorable. In cases of a closed bite that doesn’t have much room to lengthen the teeth, these techniques won’t work. If you have length to spare on your front teeth and you show most of your upper teeth when you smile, Atlanta cosmetic dentist Ronald Goldstein, DDS, says there’s an economical compromise: cosmetic contouring. This technique involves reshaping teeth to create the illusion of a younger looking smile. Dr. Ronald Goldstein also recommends a consultation with an orthodontist who works with adults, since many times it is also possible to reposition the front teeth in a more youthful arrangement. Before considering cosmetic dental procedures, it’s important to determine how your teeth got so worn down in the first place. If you’re a serious tooth grinder, chances are you will fracture any veneers or bonding. But if you are just grinding at night, a night guard may be of help.
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