How to Fix Undersized Teeth With Bioclear Method

How to Fix Undersized Teeth With Bioclear Method

Teeth come in different sizes. You may have smaller than average teeth, commonly known as microdontia or bigger than average teeth, known as macrodontia. The medical term for teeth that appear to be unusually small is microdontia, but some people refer to them as short teeth. It is common to have microdontia of one or two teeth. In rare conditions, a person could have microdontia of all the teeth, usually linked to genetic conditions. There are several types of microdontia:

  • True generalized
  • Relative generalized
  • Localized (focal)

True generalized is the rarest type of microdontia. It occurs in people with pituitary dwarfism resulting in consistently smaller teeth. Relative generalized microdontia occurs in people with protruding or relatively larger jaws. The large jaw makes the teeth appear small even if they are not. Focal or localized microdontia is characterized by a single tooth that is smaller than usual. It is the most common form of microdontia. It mainly affects the teeth on the upper jawbone, mainly the maxillary lateral incisors. This condition could also affect the wisdom tooth or the third molar, making it appear smaller than the other molars. It is possible to fix with the Bioclear teeth method, but first, let’s find out more about microdontia.

What Causes Microdontia

In rare cases, a genetic syndrome is the underlying cause of small teeth. However, most people have an isolated case of microdontia. In most cases, small teeth result from both environmental and inherited factors. The conditions associated with microdontia are:

Pituitary Dwarfism

Pituitary dwarfism is one of the many forms of dwarfism. It often causes truly generalized microdontia. Teeth in people with pituitary dwarfism appear to be uniformly smaller than the average teeth.

Radiation or Chemotherapy

If a child undergoes chemotherapy or radiation before the age of six years, it could affect the development of their teeth, resulting in smaller teeth.

Cleft Lip or Palate

A baby would have a cleft lip or palate if their mouth or lips did not form properly during pregnancy. A baby could have a cleft lip, a cleft palate, or both. Many children develop dental abnormalities in the area of the cleft. It is common for microdontia to occur on the cleft side.

Down Syndrome

Many researchers point out that dental abnormalities are common in children with Down syndrome. It is common to see peg-shaped teeth or small teeth smile in people with Down syndrome.

Fanconi Anemia

If someone has Fanconi anemia, their bone marrow does not produce enough blood, leading to fatigue. These people could have physical abnormalities like teeth malfunctions resulting in small teeth.

Ectodermal Dysplasias

This group of genetic conditions affects the formation of hair, nails, skin, and sometimes teeth. A person with this condition could have smaller teeth that are commonly conical-shaped. Some of their teeth could also be missing.

William’s Syndrome

William’s syndrome is a rare genetic condition. This condition affects the development of facial features. It could lead to features like a wide mouth and widely spaced teeth. The condition could also cause other abnormalities like learning disorders and heart and blood issues.

Rothmund-Thompson Syndrome

This condition appears as redness on a baby’s face and then spreads to other areas. It could cause thinning skin, slow growth, and sparse hair. Rothmund-Thompson syndrome could also lead to skeletal abnormalities and abnormalities of the teeth.

Hallerman-Streiff Syndrome

This syndrome is also known as oculomandibulofacial syndrome. It causes facial and skull malformations. Persons with this syndrome often have an underdeveloped lower jaw and a short, broadhead. They also tend to have small teeth.

Oral-Facial-Digital Syndrome

This syndrome is a genetic disorder also known as Sugarman. It could cause the malformation of the mouth, leading to small teeth.

Other genetic conditions that could cause small teeth to include:

  • Gorlin-Chaudry-Moss syndrome
  • Congenital deafness with LAMM

Adults with small teeth could have other syndromes like hypodontia, characterized by having fewer teeth than normal.

Are Small Teeth Unattractive?

Abnormally small teeth might not fit together properly and might leave wide gaps between them. Small teeth do not just affect the aesthetics; if you have small teeth, you will be at a higher risk of wear and tear on the other teeth. Food will also get easily caught up between the teeth. In most cases, a localized microdontia might not need any treatment. However, you should make an appointment with your dentist if you notice damage to your teeth or pain in your jaws. The dentist will examine your teeth and determine if treatment is necessary.

How to Fix Small Teeth

Whether your concern is aesthetic, whereby you want to improve your smile, or medical, whereby small teeth affect your oral health, there are several treatment options for small teeth. The options are dental veneers, crowns, composites or dental bonding. Over the past decade, there has been a significant advancement in orthodontics. If not properly done, the treatment could yield poor results that are more unsightly than the small teeth smile.

Composite Bonding

Many people consider bonding a cheaper way of fixing unsightly teeth. Many cosmetic dentists make it appear as if bonding is inferior to porcelain veneers, and this has given composites a bad image. If composite bonding doesn’t deliver the expected results, it is usually due to a lack of training, flawed systems, and improper composite engineering principles. The Bioclear method is distinct from both bonding and veneers. It is an injection over-moulding that allows dentists to over-mould the entire tooth with variable thickness composite instead of just patching the tooth.

If properly done, the Bioclear method is superior to porcelain veneers. It is particularly suitable for young post-ortho patients with little teeth syndrome. Both the Bioclear method and bonding use composite resin. However, compared to cosmetic bonding, Bioclear is more durable and stain-resistant. The Bioclear method is also more suitable for hiding the unattractive black triangle shapes between the teeth. Unlike traditional bonding, the Bioclear method is not at risk of staining, cracking and frequent replacement.

Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a cap that covers the entire tooth surface, both the front and the back. You must remove a lot of tooth structures to get a crown. This makes the fitting of dental crowns an irreversible procedure. However, whether or not the dentist needs to shave down the tooth will depend on the size of the tooth.

The crown cannot get dental cavities, but the underlying tooth structure can. Tooth decay can begin at the edge of the dental crown and progress beneath it. Dental crowns often block dental x-rays and could prevent a dentist from seeing what is happening beneath them.

With dental crowns, you are at risk of snap-off fracture, whereby the dental crown and the underlying tooth structure break off at the gum line. If this happens and you do not have enough tooth structure remaining, your only option will be to extract the tooth and replace it with a dental bridge or implant. Similar to a crown, Bioclear will make small teeth bigger but also strengthen the structure of your teeth.

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are made from a resin-composite material or porcelain. Dentists cement veneers onto the front of patients’ teeth to give them an unblemished appearance. Bioclear is not inferior to dental veneers. Instead, compared to dental veneers, Bioclear is more conservative. While fitting a dental veneer, part of your tooth must be removed, a process that is irreversible. With a Bioclear, the healthy tooth structure will remain intact. Bioclear will allow you to achieve the desired results of bigger teeth while also preserving your tooth structure.

Underlying Genetic Causes of Small Teeth

Many cases of generalized microdontia are linked to genetic elements. Generalized microdontia is extremely rare in people without an underlying syndrome. You may want to inform your child’s physician if anyone in your family has a history of any of the genetic disorders often linked with small teeth. However, if only one tooth or two appear small, they probably developed that way, and there is no underlying syndrome.

You could request your child’s physician to assess them if some of your child’s facial features appear malformed or atypical. Even if you do not have a family history of genetic disorders, the dentist will recommend genetic testing to determine if a child has a condition that needs diagnosis and treatment.

In most cases, a small tooth will not cause any pain or problem. However, you should contact a dentist if you are concerned about the beauty of your teeth or the way your teeth fit together. A dentist will discuss various options like crowns, veneers and Bioclear approach to fix the issue. In some cases, very small teeth could be a sign of an underlying health issue that needs attention. You should discuss all the unusual signs or symptoms with a doctor.

A Solution for Small Teeth

If you or your child has small teeth, you probably wonder, can small teeth be made bigger? The answer is yes. At Molson Park Dental, we have experienced dentists committed to offering the best services to patients. Our dentists will evaluate your teeth and discuss treatment options like bonding, dental crowns, veneers, and the Bioclear approach.