Treating Teeth That Are Different Lengths


Rarely, some individuals can have one front tooth that is longer than the other one. While this happens all the time, the difference between the lengths is generally so small that it’s unnoticeable. In rare cases, the difference is noticeable, and it can be a cause of anxiety for those with two uneven teeth. In this article, we’ll discuss extending or shortening the teeth so that the teeth are aligned perfectly.

Why are teeth different lengths?

All teeth are not supposed to be a uniform length, but certain types of should teeth should be uniform. Your two canines and your two front teeth should all be on the same plane. The teeth between them, the incisors, should be slightly shorter. So how does a person get teeth that don’t match these ideals? There can be several reasons. These include:

  • Teeth grinding – If you grind your teeth, you’ll likely wear down one side faster than the other side. When that happens, a significant difference in the lengths can occur. Our dentists can fix this issue. Nail chewing or using one side of your mouth exclusively to chew will also cause this problem.
  • Misalignment – Misalignment will occasionally cause one tooth to come in imperfectly resulting in a length issue.
  • Dental implant issues – If you have a dental implant, the teeth around it may continue to grow while the implant stays more or less the same. In these cases, the implant may appear shorter than your real teeth.
  • It’s genetic – Some people have weird toes in which the second toe extends beyond the first toe. It’s a genetic peculiarity. The same can be said for teeth that are not aligned properly. Some folks are just born that way.

How will you fix uneven teeth?

Dentists generally use a process called enameloplasty. We simply add enamel to the tooth to fill in gaps in spaces between teeth or to extend teeth. The process is considerably less invasive than other forms of dental work and patients are generally quite comfortable during the procedure.

While enameloplasty can help fix uneven teeth, it can’t prevent behaviors that result in uneven teeth. For that, you may need to discuss a nighttime mouth guard with your dentist.

Lastly, enameloplasty is often done just after a patient’s braces have been removed. While braces can help position the teeth in the right place, they often don’t do a perfect job leaving tiny spaces between teeth. These can (and should) be addressed by your dentist because failure to fix gaps in teeth can result in early decay.

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