According to scientists, humans developed canine teeth 300 million years ago—to make us more attractive. Pointed eyeteeth, another name for canines, give off a more aggressive vibe than gently rounded eyeteeth.
If you once had pointed canine teeth, it's understandable that you may wish to get them back somehow. Fortunately, there are several ways that a dentist can restore your canines to their pointy glory.
Teeth Can Be Reshaped
If there is sufficient enamel remaining on your canine teeth, your dentist should be able to add a point without the need for cosmetic dentistry. They do this by reshaping your tooth with a file, removing as little enamel as possible in the process. Because canines have more enamel than the other teeth in your smile zone, removing some enamel shouldn't be a problem.
However, since the softer layer of dentin under the enamel is porous and vulnerable to tooth decay, you may have to opt for another method if you have insufficient enamel. If a dentist removes enamel from an already damaged tooth, it will be more prone to tooth decay.
Bonding Can Restore a Point
Composite bonding is ideal for patients who don't have enough enamel to have their teeth filed. Composite resin, the material dentists add to teeth during the procedure, starts as a soft resin that dentists can easily apply to teeth. Once added to a tooth, a dentist will sculpt the material into shape before using a dental curing light to harden it.
Once polished, your canine tooth should match your other teeth. Bonding won't last forever though. It is weaker than enamel, especially if you use the new point to bite into food. To prolong your new point's life then, try not to eat with it or use it to open packets and so on.
If you take care of bonding, it could last a few years. However, ensure you have your dentist check your bonded teeth during dental visits.
Porcelain Veneers Can Cover Canines
Although they are very expensive compared to filing or bonding, porcelain veneers can last you many years if you take good care of them. On the other hand, filing and bonding are generally short-term fixes. Wear and tear will eventually take their toll.
Porcelain veneers, however, are extremely hardy. You can also ask for canine porcelain veneers to be pointed and work with your dentist to ensure that they match the colour of your natural teeth.
Are you longing for the days when your canine teeth had a point? See your dentist so you can go over your options together before deciding on a course of treatment.
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