Well-developed and even teeth can be a big confidence booster for your kids. There are however various abnormalities which might affect your child’s smile. Peg-shaped teeth are among the common causes of a child’s less-than-perfect smile.
Peg-shaped teeth are under-developed, conical-shaped and small teeth typically affecting a child’s lateral incisors. Though generally hereditary, they can follow congenital syphilis, ectodermal dysplasia, and cleidocranial dysostosis.
There are however several cosmetic treatment options a pediatric dentist in a Murray clinic might recommend for peg-shaped teeth treatment. Here are some of them.
These are thin shells which directly bind on your child’s the top and front surfaces of your kid’s teeth. The ultra-thin veneers typically made of porcelain are discrete since they resemble your child’s natural tooth color and are resistant to various stains. With adherence to their proper care, veneers will enhance your kid’s smile for over ten years.
In this treatment, a pediatric dentist binds a resin which matches your child’s natural tooth color to the peg-shaped teeth. The teeth are first cleaned and roughed to enhance the binding of the resin.
The resin is hardened using UV light after its application. Dental bonding takes about 30–60 minutes and is a painless procedure.
There are various crowns which can be used for your child’s teeth, including stainless steel, ceramic and veneered ones. The ideal choice for your child depends on the desired strength and appearance of the crown and your set budget.
Ceramic crowns are the most appealing aesthetically but costly while stainless steel ones are the strongest and least expensive.
You might think that the above treatment options are purely cosmetic and hence not necessary. Peg teeth are, however, non-functional and will affect your child’s bite and ultimately health. The pits typical in these teeth might also contribute to tooth decay. Treatment of peg teeth is hence essential.