Alpharetta, GA – Growing up can be tough. In The Fairly Odd-Parents, the main character, Timmy Turner, struggles with issues like his annoying babysitter, a middle school crush, and fitting in with his peers. Like many pre-teens, one of Timmy’s biggest insecurities are his buck teeth, which he often gets teased for. While we can’t wish away our problems like Timmy, there are a few things the dentist can do to help you fix large, uneven, or crooked teeth and help you on your way to a confident smile.
Braces or Invisalign
Buck teeth from overbites can be caused by a number of reasons such as jaw misalignment, large teeth, thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, jaw clenching or tooth grinding. In certain cases, jaw surgery is needed to correct the skeletal problem while others require less drastic measures. A common way to reduce the appearance of front teeth is with braces or Invisalign. The right orthodontist can close gaps and realign teeth that may be causing the overbite. Dentists often use elastic bands fixed between brackets on the upper and lower teeth.
Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
There are a multitude of cosmetic dentistry procedures patients can undergo to fix their buck teeth. On the more extreme side, if your teeth are also suffering severe damage, the dentist can remove the teeth and replace them with implants. Though veneers may not be able to minimize the size of teeth, they can be placed on the teeth to create the illusion of straighter, brighter teeth.
Tooth Contouring and Filing
One simple way to even out your teeth or minimally reduce their size is with tooth contouring and filing. The dentist can use a laser or sanding tool to wear down and polish the enamel to its desired length. This can improve the appearance of teeth by making the surface or edges much smoother. It can even help get rid of tooth overlap if it’s a minor case. The entire process should be relatively quick, taking anywhere from just 30 minutes to an hour, and if done correctly, it should be painless as well.
With that being said, there are some risks associated with the procedure and it should only be performed with the approval of a dentist. Reducing the enamel doesn’t damage the nerve or gums, but it can make teeth more sensitive. For patients considering tooth contouring and filing, it’s important to take good care of the teeth afterward. For example, make sure to get the right nutrients to maintain strong, healthy teeth, such as calcium and vitamin D. To reduce any risk of tooth decay or damage, brush teeth gently and remember to floss every day!
Despite the fact that tons of options exist for teeth correction, sometimes, it’s best to simply love and accept yourself for who you are! Not all of us have perfect teeth like cartoon superstar, Chip Skylark, and that’s completely okay. In fact, they might be one of your most charming characteristics – that’s how we feel about Timmy Turner’s adorable buck teeth after all. At Polkadot Pediatric Dentistry in Alpharetta, we put you and your child’s health above all else and work with you to offer dental solutions that will make you feel happy and confident with your smile.