Small front teeth. Veneers, bonding, or raising the gum line? (Photos)
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Don't Mess with Near Perfection
As a cosmetic and restorative dentist in Southern California I have to say your dentist did an awesome job. Your smile is beautiful and worthy of the red carpet and the cover of a magazine. Sometimes patients can overdue it when it comes to cosmetic dentistry. The color, shape and size of your teeth match the rest of your face and your face shape. In your case I would have to say don't mess with a perfect smile.
Beautiful smile already #DrSoftTouch
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Small front teeth...veneers, bonding, or gum lift?
It does not appear that your gums show when you smile. If this is truly the case, a gum lift will only make your teeth appear longer when your lip is retracted, not when you smile. So my recommendation is no for the gum lift. You do have very nice, healthy looking teeth and a beautiful smile. Porcelain veneers would require removing some of your enamel(amount depends on dentist performing the procedure, some doctors preparations are much more aggressive than others, something to beware of). No prep porcelain veneers or lumineers would make your teeth too bulky, in my opinion. So my recommendation is no for porcelain veneers. Cosmetic bonding can be done with no removal of any enamel whatsoever, so you get to keep all of your healthy tooth structure. With cosmetic bonding, you can have a Preview Bonding done on your tooth in a very short time without permanently adhering it to your tooth. So you get to decide if you like the color and appearance of how the final result would look before you proceed with actual treatment. Other advantages of cosmetic bonding are that it is a reversible procedure if you should ever decide you do not like it or if you ever opt for a different procedure. Finally, cosmetic bonding is done in 1 visit and is easily repaired if ever necessary. For all of these reasons, I would strongly recommend cosmetic bonding for your situation. Just make sure you select a dentist that is artistic, skilled, and confident with this procedure.
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