You may think that each of your teeth has the same exact function, but that’s actually incorrect! Your teeth are different sizes and shapes because they each play a different, unique role in the food-chewing process. So what exactly do they do? And what can be done about teeth that are crooked, stained, or chipped?
Types of Teeth
Your frontmost teeth in your mouth at both the top and the bottom are called incisors. The flat, thin shape of incisors helps you cut and bite food into manageable pieces as you begin the chewing process.
Also known as your “vampire teeth,” the sharp, pointed surface of your canines allows you to grip and tear food.
8 Premolars & 8-12 Molars
Your molars and premolars are the larger, flatter teeth that extend towards the back of your mouth. These teeth crush and grind up food as you chew, making it small enough to swallow. Adults have between 28-32 teeth because you can be born with anywhere from zero to four wisdom teeth, known as “third molars”. These teeth don’t erupt until your late teens to mid-twenties and are often removed to prevent issues with overcrowding, misalignment, and infection.
Fixing Teeth with Cosmetic Dentistry
Teeth can grow in crookedly for a variety of reasons. When your teeth are not in their proper positions to function optimally, it can be difficult to eat and talk as you normally would. That is where orthodontics
come in! We offer Invisalign®
, and Minor Tooth Movement®
so you can subtly yet powerfully correct your smile.
Chipped & Stained Teeth
Be it diet, habits, or trauma, our teeth can become chipped and discolored over time. Although staining and small chips don’t affect the way you eat like crooked teeth do, they can negatively affect your confidence. It can be embarrassing to show off your smile if you aren’t happy with the way your teeth look. Veneers and Lumineers®
are great ways to permanently even out the shape, color, and size of your teeth so you can have a dazzling smile you won’t want to stop showing off.
Your Dream Smile Is Within Reach!
At South Texas Smiles, you have plenty of options when it comes to improving your smile. If you’re considering orthodontics, veneers, or Lumineers, our team is happy to talk you through the right treatment plan for your situation. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!
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