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Mamelons (Ridged Teeth)


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I'm 18 years old and I still mamelons on my teeth. Not just because they have the rather tragic name of being named after the French word for nipple, I really hate them. They make me look younger (and I already look about 14) and they're just WEIRD looking.

 

Supposedly, most people have them for a little while when their front adult teeth come in but they usually wear down quite quickly. Mine never did. I did some research and apparently when your jaw doesn't line up correctly, your top and bottom teeth don't come in contact frequently enough for them to wear down. Which is weird because my boyfriend has a wicked overbite and doesn't have them anymore.

 

Does anyone else still have them? Or, have you had them polished down/gotten veneers? I'm just curious about how common it is.

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and there is me thinking those were normal...

I've had a mild version most of my life but thought that is how teeth are supposed to look?? Now I'm a fair bit older and Im getting them 'the other way' because my teeth are wearing down. Have you talked to a dentist? I'm sure he can file them down a wee bit, but to be honest the more substance your teeth have the longer they'll last you.

 

eta: I also don't think that upper and lower teeth are supposed to grind on each other. If I didn't have a tiny overbite I would be able to chew since all my front teeth are fairly large.

 I thought these were normal, too. They look "cute".

Still got mine and I'm 40 +

I don't think they are weird..I agree w/ kikt the more tooth there is, the stronger they are. (I don't have any fillings either)

Heh, my jaw doesn't align properly and I've got an overbite. My top teeth look fine (except my canines are a little too pointy and my two front ones are little buck-y), but my bottom row is still ridged. I hate it, too. I have every intention of getting it fixed at some point. Fortunately, because of the overbite and the fact that I've got huge teeth, my bottom teeth aren't usually too visible.

...I just depressed the hell out of myself. This thread sucks. Tongue out

If anything this thread grinds (har de har)

Come one gals, as long as your teeth are healthy and not totally crooked and/or dark yellow it's all fine. Stop fretting over a luxury problem or I'll post endless descriptions about the teeth problems of myself, my sister and, worse of all, my mom! :-)

It's not a luxury problem! It's a...social...acceptance...uh, deterrent.

Is!

Not, not, not--infinity NOT!

Pah! 'Tis!

Yeah, I thought those were normal too. 

I'm 28 in a week and I still have them.  Never thought of them as weird, or something to "fix", they're just there.  No big deal.

I'm 31 and they're gone. Just one lateral incisor still has 3 visible rounded crests. The incisors are not supposed to make contact because they only lacerate and don't actually chew, they act like knives that cut a portion of a bigger piece that wouldn't normally fit in your mouth. Eating with a knife and fork keeps them from wearing down.

I had them well into my 30's.

Oh, don't get me wrong. I don't obsess about my teeth nearly as much as I do about my weight. But everyone has their insecurities, right? I happen to like all of me. I don't get acne, I like my eyes and my nose and my hair colour. But my teeth just drive me crazy! Especially since my wisdom teeth pushed them all crooked when they had been straight all my life. Honestly, they're my only cosmetic insecurity besides having a high BMI. Ah, well. Like you said, kikt, at least they work. 

 

I know your incisors aren't actually supposed to line up like molars or anything but I was under the impression that your bottom teeth are supposed to sort of make a bit of contact with the back of your front teeth when you bite down naturally. Not scraping, per se but contact nonetheless. 

Original Post by inwetelemnar:

Oh, don't get me wrong. I don't obsess about my teeth nearly as much as I do about my weight. But everyone has their insecurities, right? I happen to like all of me. I don't get acne, I like my eyes and my nose and my hair colour. But my teeth just drive me crazy! Especially since my wisdom teeth pushed them all crooked when they had been straight all my life. Honestly, they're my only cosmetic insecurity besides having a high BMI. Ah, well. Like you said, kikt, at least they work. 

 

I know your incisors aren't actually supposed to line up like molars or anything but I was under the impression that your bottom teeth are supposed to sort of make a bit of contact with the back of your front teeth when you bite down naturally. Not scraping, per se but contact nonetheless. 

Mine never have, even after braces.  Of course, they line up better than they did before braces.  But they still don't 'touch.'  Maybe that's why I still have mamelons.  As I said before, I always thought they were perfectly normal.

I wouldn't worry too much about it.  I'm pretty sure you're the only person who notices. 

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Original Post by inwetelemnar:

Oh, don't get me wrong. I don't obsess about my teeth nearly as much as I do about my weight. But everyone has their insecurities, right? I happen to like all of me. I don't get acne, I like my eyes and my nose and my hair colour. But my teeth just drive me crazy! Especially since my wisdom teeth pushed them all crooked when they had been straight all my life. Honestly, they're my only cosmetic insecurity besides having a high BMI. Ah, well. Like you said, kikt, at least they work. 

 

I know your incisors aren't actually supposed to line up like molars or anything but I was under the impression that your bottom teeth are supposed to sort of make a bit of contact with the back of your front teeth when you bite down naturally. Not scraping, per se but contact nonetheless. 

Mine never have, even after braces.  Of course, they line up better than they did before braces.  But they still don't 'touch.'  Maybe that's why I still have mamelons.  As I said before, I always thought they were perfectly normal.

I wouldn't worry too much about it.  I'm pretty sure you're the only person who notices. 

My old dentist used to comment on it all the time. Every single time I went, it was always "I can fix that for you. Do you want me to get rid of them?" Of course, I was under ten at the time, so I didn't care. My new dentist hasn't even mentioned it. He says I have beautiful teeth. I think all dentists say that to everyone, though. Perhaps it's a requirement, like asking questions when the patient's mouth is open. 

 

Maybe crazy, old Dr. Soo instilled my mamelon insecurity. 

Lol!  I never did understand why dentists asked questions when they had their hands stuck in your mouth :)

Yes, I think your crazy old dentist instilled your mamelon insecurity.  As I said, I wouldn't worry about it.  I don't think mamelons make teeth any less beautiful.  I don't see the point in filing them down.

Dentists ask you questions when your mouth is full of metal and hands because they're sadists. Scientific fact.

If you make the gesture of rising the arm they take their hand and instruments out of your mouth. Proven fact. They really dislike being grabbed :) .

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Original Post by inwetelemnar:

I'm 18 years old and I still mamelons on my teeth. Not just because they have the rather tragic name of being named after the French word for nipple, I really hate them. They make me look younger (and I already look about 14) and they're just WEIRD looking.


Imagine if you spent all the time you're spending in front of the mirror anguishing over the minutiae of your physical appearance developing your personality or learning something useful instead.  You might grow up to be a woman with something real to offer the world.

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