Over the course of the summer, the chances are you’ll be getting together with family pretty regularly for get-togethers and barbecues. Take a moment to look around and see the little oddities that give your family its unique appearance. For some families it’s the eyes. For other families its the ears. And maybe for your family it’s the smile.

Sometimes this is great: you may be blessed with beautiful white teeth. Other times, your family may have a smile with characteristics you would like to be able to fix. Thankfully, you can. Here are some common smile problems that run in families and some possible solutions.

Crooked Teeth and/or Bad Bite

One of the most common problems that runs in families is orthodontic problems. If your parents have a crooked smile, chances are you do, too. The good news is that this can be fixed, even if you’re an adult. We have many orthodontic options available, and that makes it easier than ever for adults to get their teeth fixed.

Peg Laterals and Other Small Teeth

Another common problem that runs in families is peg laterals. Peg laterals are when the teeth on either side of your two central teeth don’t develop into full size lateral incisors. These very small teeth can leave you with something like a gap in your smile right in the middle of your front teeth. Other times, you may end up with another tooth that is small.

Peg laterals and other small teeth can be corrected with dental bonding, porcelain crowns, or porcelain veneers, depending on the actual size and other factors.

Hypodontia (Missing Teeth)

In this genetic condition, you may just not develop adult teeth. This may be the reason for peg laterals and other small teeth–you didn’t lose your baby tooth because the adult tooth didn’t develop–or you may have a gap where the missing tooth should be.

Hypodontia can be corrected with dental implants or dental bridges.

Defective Enamel

Another problem that runs in families is defective tooth enamel. Your tooth enamel may have developed with discolorations inside the enamel, or you may have very thin enamel that shows through the yellowish dentin underneath. This type of intrinsic tooth discoloration isn’t affected by teeth whitening, but it can be covered by porcelain veneers or crowns.

A Cosmetic Dentist Can Help

No matter what the particular characteristic that runs in your family, if you’re not happy with your smile, you don’t have to live with it. Cosmetic dentist Dr. James B. Polley can help you design a smile you’ll love and then achieve it with natural-looking restorations so no-one (except maybe your family) will know you weren’t born with that beautiful smile.

For more information, please call (702) 873-0324 today for an appointment with cosmetic dentist Dr. James B. Polley in Las Vegas today.