Dentist shaved my top tooth now it’s too short

I thought I was getting my teeth contoured. The dentist I saw shaved my top left front tooth and now it is too short. She said that she can lengthen it with bonding but I don’t trust her. What are my options? Thanks. Kameel

Kameel – We recommend that you schedule an appointment with an experienced cosmetic dentist. A tooth that is too short can be lengthened and restored with dental bonding or a porcelain veneer.

The cosmetic dentist will examine your tooth and determine which options are best for restoring it. A skilled dentist can manipulate composite bonding to match the color and translucency of your natural teeth. Bonding can last for years, but will eventually stain or wear and need to be replaced.

A porcelain veneer covers the entire front of your tooth. It can require light preparation of the tooth to prevent it from extending beyond the adjacent teeth or looking bulky. Veneers are very durable and can last for many years.

You can select a few cosmetic dentists with whom you can schedule consultations, discuss your options, and compare the recommendations.

This post is sponsored by Bedminster, NJ accredited cosmetic dentist Dr. Allyson Hurley.

5 weeks in and the snap on smile is still messing up my speech

I expected an adjustment period with the snap on smile but not 5 weeks worth of an adjustment. I am beginning to think that something is wrong. If this thing is messing with my speech, I am afraid that it might start shifting my teeth too. I am a little nervous. Is this normal? – Kris

Kris – Your concern is valid. The adjustment period usually lasts about two weeks. After five weeks, you should no longer have an issue with your speech. If the Snap-On Smile is preventing you from speaking clearly, schedule an appointment with your dentist.

It is possible that the appliance can be adjusted while you wait. If a minor adjustment is needed, it will only take a few minutes. If there is a structural problem with the appliance, it will need to be returned to the laboratory for correction, or to be remade. After the usual adjustment period, don’t settle for a Snap-On Smile that doesn’t fit correctly or that interferes with your normal function.

This post is sponsored by Bedminster, NJ cosmetic dentist Dr. Allyson Hurley.