My Missing Teeth Improving how teeth look

Improving how teeth look

Overview

Sometimes people with missing teeth do not like the way their teeth look. This could be because their teeth are smaller or more pointed; or because teeth have moved into a different position to replace another tooth – making them not quite the right shape or colour.

Reshaping Teeth

My Missing Teeth Improving how teeth look

Teeth can be reshaped by polishing the outermost layer (enamel). This is most commonly done when the canine tooth has been moved forward to replace a front tooth.

Research showsThis information about reshaping teeth mostly comes from moderate quality research and the clinical experience of dentists. For more information, click here. that polishing teeth is safe and does not cause decay in the future if It is only the outer layer that is polished, and the polishing is done by a dentist who has been trained.

My Missing Teeth Improving how teeth look

White fillings to change the size or shape of teeth

White filling can be added to small or pointed teeth to change their shape or size. This can be on just one tooth or lots of teeth.

White fillings do not damage the teeth or gums if they are placed carefully

White fillings last around 5-10 years but then they might need a new one

There is a cost to replace white fillings. This might be NHS or private treatment

The white filling is added to the tooth without any damage to the tooth. Most people do not need any anaesthetic. The fillings can be changed by a dentist if you do not like the colour or shape.

Research showsThere has not been much research about what happens when teeth are made to look bigger. The information here is based on reports about the clinical experience of dentists. that white fillings do not damage the teeth or gums if they are placed carefully. They last around 5-10 years. There is a cost to replace white fillings; this might be NHS or private treatment.

Tooth whitening

Tooth whitening can be used to change the colour of one or more teeth. This can help make teeth match.

In the UK tooth whitening can only be given to people who are 18 years old or older. Research shows that tooth whitening by a dentist is safe. The risk of damage to the teeth or gums is very small if whitening is supervised by a dentist.