Porcelain Veneers to Correct Peg Laterals
Denver and Lakewood, Colorado
Overly small or misshapen teeth can present serious cosmetic problems. For teenagers who are dealing with so-called “peg laterals,” these cosmetic concerns can be the cause of much embarrassment.
Peg lateral refers to a condition affecting the two incisors in your upper row that flank your two central teeth. Occasionally, these incisors will not grow to their full size, leaving you with small, peg-shaped teeth in a very noticeable location.
Fortunately, Denver dentist Dr. Scott Greenhalgh can treat peg laterals, oftentimes with porcelain veneers. This treatment will improve the appearance of these lateral incisors, addressing your aesthetic concerns and improving the appearance of your smile.
If you’re a resident of the Denver, Colorado area and you want to speak to our dentist about treating peg laterals or any other cosmetic concern, please call Dr. Scott Greenhalgh, DDS today at 720-484-8832.
What Causes Peg Laterals?
There are two primary causes of peg laterals, both of which are beyond your control. These are:
- In some circumstances baby teeth may not be lost, leaving you with two baby teeth lateral incisors in a mouth full of adult teeth
- Peg laterals seem to have a genetic component; if your parents suffered from this condition, there’s a good chance you will as well
But whatever the specific cause of your peg laterals, our Denver dentist can present you with a range of treatment options.
Peg Lateral Treatments
Most patients who undergo treatment for peg laterals are teenagers who are also undergoing a broader orthodontic adjustment. It’s almost always appropriate to get peg lateral treatment at this time, as jaw and bite alignment adjustment will create space between your teeth. This will allow your mouth to accommodate two larger lateral incisors.
If you are a good candidate for a treatment to address your peg laterals, there are two options:
- Dental bonding: For lateral incisors that are only slightly smaller than ideal, our Denver dentist can use dental bonding. This process involves the application of a resin-like substance to the tooth that is then heated and hardened.
- Porcelain veneers: However, in most cases porcelain veneers will be a better option. These are thin porcelain covers that are fitted to your teeth, hiding their imperfections and seamlessly blending in with the surrounding teeth. Veneers are more durable than dental bonding, they don’t stain and they’re easier to color match.
Dr. Greenhalgh will thoroughly evaluate the state of your teeth and your dental health to determine which treatment option is right for you.
If you live in the Denver, Colorado area and need an experienced dentist, please contact Dr. Scott Greenhalgh, DDS today.