What can I do to fix jagged front teeth?

Closeup of smile with jagged teeth
There are several treatment options to correct teeth with slight imperfections on the working edge.

Jagged teeth is one of the most common complaints that patients mention when seeking to improve their smile. Most of the time the condition is purely aesthetic; the jagged teeth simply look rough due to wear and tear over the years. Sometimes, a small chip can be felt with the tongue and is more noticeable (and annoying!). The good news is, jagged teeth is one of the easiest things to fix, and modern cosmetic dentistry offers a few different treatment options.

What are my options for fixing jagged teeth?

Depending on the severity (whether minor “rough” edges on your front teeth, or more noticeable length difference between one or more teeth), we will recommend different treatments. But we’ll start with one of the following options:

Recontouring or Reshaping

With recontouring, we use a high-speed abrasive tool to smooth the jagged edges of your teeth. We are basically “polishing” the working edge of your teeth to smooth them out. If you have a very small chip or slightly jagged teeth, this is probably your best option. The results are permanent, and it only takes a few minutes per tooth to do.  Since this process does involve removing enamel (and since your enamel is, on average, only 2.58mm thick) we don’t recommend this procedure for severe cases. Additionally, if you suffer from teeth sensitivity, we don’t recommend removing any enamel (and we recommend using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth to help).

Bonding

Similar to contouring, bonding is common, simple, and very affordable. It is also a more versatile option, and can handle larger chips and more pronounced difference between teeth. Unlike contouring, with bonding we are adding material to your teeth, which means we can lengthen a tooth if it is too short.

When we bond a tooth, we use an acrylic resin of a color that matches your teeth, and add, shape and polish it  to increase the length of smaller teeth, smoothen a jagged tooth, or to fill gaps between teeth. Bonding is a very quick process, but one disadvantage with bonding is that the material may come loose if the tooth is put under too much stress. Therefore, you should avoid biting into hard or sticky food, and of course, never use your teeth as tools to cut tape or open packaging!

Veneers

Veneers are thin, tooth-colored porcelain shells which can be attached to front teeth to cover their defects. The process goes like this: we take impressions of your teeth and send them to a lab to manufacture your custom veneers. The fabrication takes a couple weeks. When we place the veneers, your teeth are trimmed a little to allow for the thickness of the veneers. They are then cleaned, roughened, pre-coated and then the veneers are cemented in place.

Crowns

Crowns are a good option if a tooth is very badly misshapen, if it’s not one of your front teeth, or if there are a other complications. With crowns,  a tooth-colored cap is fabricated and placed over the existing root structure of the tooth. And the best news? We can scan your tooth, manufacture a permanent crown, and place it — all in a single appointment! We call these same-day crowns!

Which option is best for me?

An appointment is the best way to decide which cosmetic option is suitable for you. We will take into consideration the state of your teeth, your aesthetic requirements, and your budget. Before finalizing a treatment plan, all options will be discussed with you in detail. Give us a call to schedule an appointment!