Canine teeth tend to be much smaller in people than in other mammals. We have no need for large canines, not to take down prey or to defend ourselves. So when someone develops a canine that’s too long, they often want to get it fixed.
We can help you figure out the best approach to fixing your overlarge canines so you can have an attractive smile that you won’t feel self-conscious.
Is Your Canine Actually Too Large?
The first thing we will do is assess your canine tooth to make sure it really is too large. Sometimes a canine tooth may look larger than it really is because some of your teeth are crooked. A lateral incisor that is out of position can expose more of the canine tooth than other teeth, making it look larger than it really is.
Other times, the canine tooth might not be larger, but it might have more above the gums than your other teeth. This phenomenon, called hypereruption, occurs when there either isn’t an opposing tooth or the two teeth aren’t coming together properly.
If we find that the main problem is crooked teeth, we’ll recommend orthodontics. If you’re missing a tooth, we will recommend a dental implant to fill the space, although orthodontics may come first to make space for the replacement tooth.
Contouring the Large Canine
However, if your canine tooth is too large, one thing we can do is remove some of it to make it fit in better. The amount of contouring we can do depends on the structure of the tooth.
We can easily contour through the tooth enamel. This is a highly durable dental material, and as long as your enamel isn’t cracked or chipped, we can reduce the thickness of the covering and it will still be fine.
This is not our preferred option, since we like to preserve natural tooth structure, but sometimes it’s the best option for achieving the results you want.
Enlarging Neighboring Teeth
Other times, though, the best option for helping a large canine tooth fit in is make the neighboring teeth larger. We have many options that we can use for this, including dental bonding and porcelain veneers.Dental bonding is the least invasive approach to enlarging teeth. We don’t need to remove any of your natural tooth enamel, just perform a light etch to help the bonding stick better. And the procedure can be completed in a single visit for relatively low cost. Porcelain veneers do require us to remove some of your natural tooth enamel, but there are benefits. Veneers are more durable and more stain resistant than dental bonding.
You Can Have the Smile of Your Dreams
Large canines are just one of many cosmetic complaints that we can correct with cosmetic dentistry. There is almost no common complaint about the appearance of your teeth that we can’t fix.