Options for Fixing Uneven Tooth Lengths

Not all crooked tooth issues can be remedied with braces. One relatively common complaint is when the front teeth are of uneven lengths. The teeth can be perfectly straight, yet the edges don't line up so they look crooked. Fortunately, there are a few options for fixing this issue. The following guide can help you decide which method to choose.


Minor differences can sometimes be fixed with just a little time and filing. Your dentist will gently grind away small amounts of the enamel on the problem teeth until they are of the same length and shape.

The procedure is painless and usually only takes a single office visit. It's an option for small length differences or uneven edges caused by minor chips. It's not an option if the teeth would require grinding beyond the enamel layer. The primary side effect is that there may be some sensitivity to hot and cold for a few days following the procedure as your nerves adjust to the thinner enamel layer.


Bonding is a good solution if you need to reshape a tooth by adding material as opposed to removing it. A resin material, tinted to match your tooth, is applied and then cured with a high intensity light. Your dentist will shape it so that it look like a natural tooth. The treatment takes a single visit and there is no pain.

This method works best for slightly larger chips, rough tooth edges, or small gaps between teeth. It isn't suitable for large chips or differences in tooth sizes. There are no side effects to be concerned about.


If you have a large chip, major size difference, or just very differently shaped teeth, then veneers are the best solution. The dentist will have thin porcelain covers made to match your teeth, only shaped perfectly. The first visit will entail making an imprint of your teeth so the veneers can be made, then you will return in a couple of weeks to have them bonded to your teeth permanently.

There may be some discomfort during placement, as your dentist will need to gently grind down your enamel so the veneer fits flush. A rough tooth surface is also necessary so that the veneer can bond permanently. Once placed, though, they will perform exactly like your natural teeth.

Talk to resources like Tore D Steinberg DDS PC to find the best way to fix your uneven teeth.