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Can I change the shape of my canine teeth?

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Posted by: alaskaslabyrinth  (8 years ago)
I have small teeth, all except for my two canines, which are huge and pointy. They're very distracting and I do end up looking like a vampire sometimes, especially since the surrounding teeth are tiny. Is it possible for me to have my 2 canines reshaped without this changing my bite or the position of my teeth? (I used to be gaptoothed prior my braces). What treatment should I opt for and what is the price range for this treatment? Thank you!
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I have small teeth, all except for my two canines, which are huge and pointy. They're very distracting and I do end up looking like a vampire sometimes, especially since the surrounding teeth are tiny. Is it possible for me to have my 2 canines reshaped without this changing my bite or the position of my teeth? (I used to be gaptoothed prior my braces). What treatment should I opt for and what is the price range for this treatment? Thank you!

I am confused, because after doing good orthodontics, I have never had a case where the canines were too large or too prominent. I wonder if improperly completed orthodontics might be the problem.

Nevertheless, there is a limited amount of enamel one can removed before the teeth start getting sensitive. This is especially true in younger patients. Seldom can even 0.5mm be removed without sensitivity.
Posted 8 years ago
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Posted by: alaskaslabyrinth  (8 years ago)
Really? Or maybe it's just the natural shape of my teeth. :( What do you suggest Dr. Kim? My lateral incisors are pretty small, which is probably why it emphasized the size and the sharpness of my canine. Should I have those fixed instead? :/ Thanks for replying.
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Really? Or maybe it's just the natural shape of my teeth. :( What do you suggest Dr. Kim? My lateral incisors are pretty small, which is probably why it emphasized the size and the sharpness of my canine. Should I have those fixed instead? :/ Thanks for replying.

Lateral incisors that are too small- "peg laterals"- is a common trait. Oversized canines is not. If your laterals are too small, you can have veneers or crowns fabricated to increase the size, provided there is space on either side of the laterals.
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